By Bellah Zulu, ACNS
A new bishop has been elected by the Diocese of Southern Malawi to replace outgoing Bishop James Tengatenga who resigned after 15 years of dedicated service to the diocese.
The Revd Canon Alinafe Kalemba, Priest in Charge of Chirimba Parish, was elected as Bishop during a well attended elective assembly held on August 24, at St Paul’s Cathedral in Blantyre, Malawi.
In a statement, the acting Provincial Secretary of CPCA, the Rt Revd William Mchombo said he was impressed with the “calm manner in which the elective assembly went about electing a bishop,” and asked for prayers for the bishop elect.
“We implore you for continued prayers as the process to have the new Bishop of Southern Malawi has only begun,” said the Bishop. “After the lapse of twenty eight days the Archbishop shall proceed to summon the Bishops of the Province to appear either, personally or by commissaries at such a convenient place as he may appoint.”
In a media interview, the bishop-elect said that he was “humbled to be entrusted with such a challenging responsibility” and was “ready to serve in that capacity.”
The Chairman of the Anglican Council in Malawi, and Upper Shire bishop, the Rt Revd Brighton Malasa told the media that he was happy that the people had spoken through their votes.
“He has been duly elected by the church faithful and I wish him well,” he said. “I am ready to work with him and offer my unreserved support to him.
Canon 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 Art (Theology) degree certificate from the University of Malawi.
Besides working as a Parish Priest and Training Chaplain from the time of his ordination, Canon Kalemba has also been involved in the formation of candidates for ordination training as Lecturer and Dean and later as Principal of Leonard Kamungu Theological College in Malawi.