ACK group in court to ensure bishop’s election is free and fair

Thursday August 16 2018

Bishop Stephen Kewasis

ACK Kitale Diocese Bishop Stephen Kewasis (left) welcomes Deputy President William Ruto to a church service. Some worshippers have moved to court seeking orders to ensure planned elections of the bishop are free and fair as Bishop Kewasis retires. PHOTO | FILE 

GERALD BWISA
By GERALD BWISA
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A group of Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Kitale Diocese worshippers has moved to court seeking orders to ensure planned elections for the bishop are free and fair.

The diocese is undergoing transition with the term of Bishop Stephen Kewasis coming to an end after 21 years of leadership since it was hived off the Eldoret Diocese.

Three candidates are battling to take over the leadership mantle of the expansive diocese which covers Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Turkana counties with 353 churches and 67 parishes.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE

The group, dubbed “concerned Anglicans”, has taken issue with the fact that the 23 members of the electoral college which will oversee the process on August 25 have not been made public hence creating room for possible manipulation.

“We want the court to compel Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit to put in place transparent measures that will ensure that nobody influences the outcome of the election,” said the group’s chairman Mwiruri Muturi.