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ACK members reignite calls to split Maseno West diocese

Tuesday June 02 2020
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An empty Anglican Church of Kenya parish. Some faithful accused diocesan Bishop Rt Rev John Mark Godia of nepotism and high handedness, among other accusations. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DICKENS WESONGA

There is a renewed push by some members of the Anglican Church’s Maseno West diocese to have it split.

On Tuesday, the wrangles in the diocese which have been raging since September last year, took a new turn after some faithful accused diocesan Bishop Rt Rev John Mark Godia of nepotism and high handedness, among other accusations.

The members, drawn from the Ng’iya archdeaconry, called for immediate division of the diocese to create three new dioceses claiming that they have been marginalised by the current administration.

Speaking to reporters in Siaya town after visiting the bishop’s office, the group said efforts to meet the bishop to iron out matters affecting the church had been thwarted as the prelate had been avoiding them.

The group was led by former Siaya county council chairman Washington Owino Ong’injo, Canon Vitalis Okoyo, Francis Odhalo and former councillor Ouma Onyango.

Earlier this year, members of Regea archdeaconry demanded that they be allowed to break away from the troubled-ridden diocese.

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 “We join our brothers from Regea archdeaconry who have been calling for the split of the diocese and creation of a diocese to take care of Christians in Gem constituency,” said Mr Ong’injo on Tuesday.

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