NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Jackson ole Sapit from the Kericho Diocese is the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya following elections held on Friday.
Sapit who was contesting against five other nominees said his focus will be to enhance unity in the church and the country as well as work on positive development of the youth by engaging them in productive activities.
“I’m overwhelmed by the decision of the church but I’m coming in as a servant. We want to focus on issues affecting children and the youth of this country,” said Sapit.
The other five clerics who had been nominated for the position include Moses Nthuka from Mbeere diocese, James Ochiel from South Nyanza, Joel Waweru from Nairobi, Lawrence Dena of Malindi and Julius Wanyoike from Thika.
The voting process which was carried out in a closed door session, comprised 190 members, five from each of the 38 dioceses in the country.
Sapit who takes over from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala whose term ends next month, will be the sixth Anglican head and will also serve as Bishop of All Saints Cathedral Diocese.
The declared Archbishop will now await the consecration and enthronement to be conducted on July 3 when he will officially assume the reins.