By: ALICE WAITHERA
Anglican Church Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has appointed an interim bishop to head the Mt Kenya Central diocese until disputed elections for a new bishop are concluded.
Diocesean assistant Bishop Allan Waithaka was appointed to head the church following the retirement of Bishop Isaac Ng’ang’a last week.
The elections started in August but stalled due to allegations of irregularities.
Wabukala visited diocesean headquarters in Murang’a town on Saturday and urged church members to unite, despite the results of the elections, and respect their new leaders.
The elections were stopped indefinitely after some members and candidates wrote to Wabukala, asking his intervention before the process is concluded.
Eleven contenders sought the top seat but were shortlisted to three after vetting by an interview panel.
The panel contained 11 members, six from the diocese and five from the archbishop’s office.
The three finalists are Wilson Burugu, the education secretary, archdeacon Timothy Gichere and the venerable John Karumwa.
Some candidates and clerics raised doubts about the electoral process, and asked the archbishop to nullify them and call for fresh elections.
In a letter dated August 11, they said the process was biased.
“Humphrey Muraguri was told at 58, he is too old, while Peter Karanja, 45, was told he is too young,” the letter reads.
It said proceeding with the three candidates would undermine transparency.