From the Episcopalian News Service News Briefs, August 28, 2002
New Anglican head in Kenya opposed to abortion and homosexuality
(ENI) Bishop Benjamin Nzimbi, who will be consecrated as the new
head of the Anglican church in Kenya on September 22, is
socially conservative and known to be vehemently opposed to
homosexuality and abortion.
Currently bishop of Kitui diocese in eastern Kenya, Nzimbi,
unlike his predecessor, Archbishop David Gitari, does not have a
reputation for being politically outspoken.
Nzimbi was declared the new Anglican archbishop on August 16
after a two-thirds majority vote in an election which took place
at Nairobi's All Saints Cathedral. After his election, Nzimbi
told ENI "any new ideas should be theologically sound. We want
the church to be the church."
Like Archbishop Livingstone Mpalanyi-Nkoyoyo of neighboring
Uganda, Nzimbi is vehemently opposed to homosexuality and
abortion. "My leadership will follow the authority of the
scriptures," he said in an ENI interview.
The new archbishop becomes the fourth head of the Anglican
Church of Kenya and will be enthroned when Gitari formally
retires in September. Married with five children, Nzimbi was
first ordained in 1985 as the Bishop of Machakos, before moving
"I know I have a lot of challenges on the road ahead," he said.
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