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Archbishop Donald Mtetemela re-elected Archbishop of Tanzania

Posted on: March 12, 2003 11:56 AM
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[The Anglican Church of Tanzania] Archbishop Donald Mtetemela has been re-elected to lead the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) as Primate for the next five years. The re-election was done by the Electoral College for the election of the Archbishop at its sitting on Tuesday 25 February 2003 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Dodoma, Central Tanzania. The Rt Revd Dr Gerard Mpango of the Diocese of Western Tanganyika, (the then Dean of the Province) chaired the Electoral College.

The Provincial Registrar, Justice Augustino Ramadhani, and the Revd Canon Dr R Mwita Akiri, the Provincial Secretary, witnessed the election.

The Electoral College for the election of the Archbishop comprises of 57 members: 19 Diocesan Bishops; 19 Clergy; and 19 Lay men and women representing the Houses of Clergy and Laity (respectively) of the Synod of each of the 19 Dioceses of the Anglican Church of Tanzania. The College elects an Archbishop every five years.

Archbishop Donald Mtetemela who is also the Bishop of the Diocese of Ruaha was first elected to be Primate of Tanzania in 1998. He is married to Gladys with whom he has seven children.