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Anglican Church of Tanzania to elect archbishop

Posted on: February 21, 2013 12:01 PM
Related Categories: Tanzania

By Bellah Zulu, ACNS

The Church of the Province of Tanzania has called on Christians world over to pray for the Province as it prepares for the election of an archbishop on Thursday February 21.

Current archbishop and Primate of the Pprovince, the Most Revd Valentino Mokiwa has served his first five-year term and he is still eligible for re-election.

Archbishop Mokiwa succeeded the Most Revd Donald Mtetemela who served two five-year terms. In a brief statement to the Anglican Communion News Service and other partners, Provincial Secretary for the Anglican Church of Tanzania, the Revd Canon Dickson Chilongani explained that, “according to our constitution, any bishop can be elected.” He added that he “values prayers for this important event in our Province.”

Archbishop Mokiwa was elected Archbishop of the Province in February 2008 during a special session of the Provinces’ General Synod in Tanzanian capital Dodoma.

According to the Province’s constitution, Primates in Tanzania are limited to a maximum of two five-year terms.