Raila, Ruto in Kisumu as Anyolo takes the helm

Raila, Ruto in Kisumu as Anyolo takes the helm

NASA leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto arrived in Kisumu on Saturday for the installation ceremony for Rev. Philip Anyolo as the new Catholic archbishop.

Rev. Anyolo takes over from Bishop Zacchaeus Okoth who has been at the helm for the past 50 years.

Other leaders at the ceremony include CSs Eugene Wamalwa (Devolution) and Raychelle Omamo (Defence); MPs Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) and Otiende Amolo (Rarieda); Senators Moses Kajwang (Homa Bay) and Moses Wetangula (Bungoma) and Governors Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma).

The Saturday ceremony is taking place at Uzima College, an institution that is the brainchild of the outgoing Bishop Okoth.

Bishop Okoth is renowned for his vocalness on social issues such as contraception which he was strongly against, treatment of HIV/AIDS patients and education of the girl child.

He was ordained as a priest in 1968 and leaves after five decades of fiery rule, praised and criticised in equal measure.

On his part, Rev. Anyolo has served as a clergyman for the past 35 years and is also the chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).


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