Archbishop Anyolo takes charge, peers foresee return of ‘a Cardinal Otunga leadership’

Archbishop Philip Arnold Subira Anyolo takes over leadership of the Nairobi Archdiocese and has his job well cut out, to lead the church in being the voice of reason even as the country gears up for 2022 general elections.

Anyolo becomes the fifth Archbishop of Nairobi replacing John Cardinal Njue who retired early this year after attaining the age of 75 years.

During his installation Mass held on Saturday at St Marys Msongari in Nairobi, Anyolo said he will faithfully and peacefully lead the church but will not hesitate to point out vices in the society.

“We shall continue to be the voice of the nation. We will not shy away from being the conscience of our nation. I will not shy away from pointing out any ills in the society,” he affirmed.

The Archbishop called for a sober conversation on the rise of school fires in the country urging learners to seek alternative methods of expressing their grievances.

A humble Anyolo thanked key spiritual fathers who have led him in the priesthood journey including the late Archbishop John Njenga and Maurice Cardinal Otunga.

Fellow Bishops in the event described Archbishop Anyolo as untiring, true, humble, faithful and unassuming servant of God who can only be compared to Cardinal Otunga who was the first Kenyan Cardinal in the history of Catholic Church, known for being vocal and a strong critic of ills in the society.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa of the Catholic Diocese of Ngong’ in his Congratulatory message said, “People of Nairobi you have received a humble servant who in many ways will remind you of the servant of God Maurice Cardinal Otunga.”

Kisii Bishop, Joseph Mairura Okemwa said, “Archbishop Anyolo is my friend and I can say in him Maurice Cardinal Otunga has come back to Nairobi. He is rooted in good principles and education. He might seem humble but you cannot shake him.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta in a message delivered by Energy CS Monica Juma hailed Anyolo a man of deep faith, wisdom and full of love for others urging him lead the church in preaching peace as the country heads to a general election.

“Your installation comes about nine months to the General election. In the run up to the election the church has a pivotal role to preach hope. The church must never shy away from playing its rightful role as the conscience of the nation,” he stated

Archbishop Anyolo was serving in the archdiocese of Kisumu before his appointment to Nairobi. He has previously served as the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Kericho and Homabay.

Bishop Maurice Muhati has now been appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of Kisumu Archdiocese.

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