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Anglican Church leaders elect new bishop for Taveta

Friday October 17 2014

PHOTO | ANN KAMONI Archbishop of the Anglican Church Eliud Wabukala greets faithful outside the All Saints Cathedral church in Nairobi after a new year service on January 1, 2014. Wabukala has expressed reservations about remarks made recently by his colleagues of Canterbury and York about gay relationships noting that they will impact negatively on society.

PHOTO | ANN KAMONI Archbishop of the Anglican Church Eliud Wabukala greets faithful outside the All Saints Cathedral church in Nairobi after a new year service on January 1, 2014. Taita Taveta's new Anglican Church of Kenya bishop will be known on Saturday. NATION

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Taita Taveta new Anglican Church of Kenya bishop will be known on Saturday.

The church’s electoral college meets in the diocese to elect a bishop, who is being awaited by more than 80,000 faithful.

There are three candiates — Dr Festus Kiseu, the Rev Liverson Mng’onda and the Rev Godfrey Mwanjulu

Yesterday, priests from various churches were using social media to canverse for support.

Among the candidates is a blind priest who if elected will be the first in the church to hold such a senior position.

The electoral college has 23 members and will be conducted at the Voi Pro Cathedral agriculture starting 10am.

This will be the second election since the diocese was established 20 years ago. Dr Samson Mwaluda, the incumbent, was the first bishop of Taita Taveta Diocese after it was separated from the giant Anglican Diocese of Mombasa.

Dr Mwaluda will retire in August 2016, but his successor must be elected a year earlier for a smooth transition. The Rev Mng’onda, 51, is also the principal of St Bartholomew Boys Secondary School in Voi.

The Rev Mwanjulu, 52, has a Masters in Development Studies. He worked for the National Cereals and Produce Board before joining the church.

Dr Kiseu confirmed that he was in the race but declined to comment further saying he was not aware of what was happening on the ground.

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