Anxiety over the enthronement of the second Bishop for Malawi’s Diocese of Southern Malawi has now simmered down, as the Provincial Elective Assembly has officially confirmed Reverend Canon Alinafe Kalemba as the Bishop of the Diocese, Newstime Africa has the details.
Priest-In-Charge for Chirimba Parish in Blantyre, Malawi, the Rev. Canon Kalemba, was elected Bishop on August 24, at the Diocese’s St Paul’s Cathedral, a process that was attended by a high-level mission from the Province.
But in respect of the Anglican Canons that stipulates that the Bishop-elect has to wait for 28-days to allow for any dissenting views, the Church followers had to hold their breath for the final verdict since there were four Priests nominated for the Bishop’s position and it was not clear whether the rest were convinced with the poll outcome.
And at its sitting in Zambia, the Elective Council declared Rev. Kalemba Anglican Bishop of the Southern Malawi Diocese, opening a new lease for the Church, which in its other Dioceses there has been some disagreements over the candidacy of a Bishop whenever there is a vacancy..
“Presided over by the Provincial Bishop, Albert Chama, the confirmation of Reverend Canon Kalemba took place on the 4th of October at the St. Michael’s and All Angels Cathedral in Kitwe, Zambia,” said Head of the Anglican Church in Malawi, Brighton Vitta Malasa, who is also the Bishop of Upper Shire Diocese in the country.
His Lordship Malasa explained that Kalemba was duly elected by the Church faithful and that as Chairman of the Anglican Council in Malawi, he wished the elected Bishop well and is ready to work with him.
“I am happy that after people spoke through their votes, the Elective Council has confirmed him following the Church doctrines.
““The transition has been smooth and very exciting, and we thank God for that,” he said, calling on all Anglicans to partake in the preparations and subsequently, the consecration. said Bishop Brighton.
Consecration of the new Bishop, to be presided over by the Province of Central Africa’s Archbishop Albert Chama, is set for October 27 at the Country Club, Limbe, but since Bishop James is to officially step down later, the Enthronement into Service will be done in November at the St. Paul’s Cathedral in Blantyre.
The Diocese of Southern Malawi is in the Province of Central Africa which has 14 other Dioceses. Malawi and Zambia each has four dioceses while Botswana has a single Diocese with Zimbabwe boasting of six Dioceses.
Provincial Secretary the Right Reverend. William Mchomboalso said he was impressed with the “calm manner in which the elective assembly went about electing a bishop.”
Kalemba, 46, is married with two children. He was ordained to Priesthood in July 1994 and has a Master of Arts (Theological Research) Degree from Durham University, UK and a Bachelor of Arts (Theology) Degree from the University of Malawi. After his election, Rev’d Kalemba said he was humbled to be entrusted with such a challenging responsibility and was ready to serve in that capacity.
Among others, Rev’d. Kalemba has been Dean and later Principal of Leonard Kamungu Theological College in Zomba, Malawi’s only Anglican Theological College.
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