Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio conveyed his condolences on the demise of Pastor Melhite Kenye who passed away on Tuesday in Chümoukedima.

“I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Mr. Melhite Kenye today at Chümoukedima,” said the Nagaland CM in his statement.

Late Melhite Kenye, who had just celebrated his 100th birth anniversary on January 6, 2022, was a renowned and distinguished personality of Nagaland.

He was a Guinness World Record holder for discovering the tallest paddy plant in the world in 1988. For this feat, he was also awarded the Governor’s Gold Medal in 2002.

“Late Melhite Kenye, born in Chizami village, Phek District, in 1922, was one of the early Christian converts from that village. He married Kewetso-u Lasuh who was also one of the early Christian converts from that village; and both of them became devout followers of Jesus Christ,” read the statement of condolence.

Late Melhite Kenye subsequently migrated to Dimapur, and served as Pastor of Dimapur Chakhesang Baptist Church, and Pastor of Town Baptist Church, Chümoukedima for a long period, spanning nearly four decades.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. May God grant you solace and peace of mind in this hour of bereavement. May the departed soul rest in peace,” said Rio.

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