Archbishop Anyolo asks Church leaders considering political seats to resign

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Bishop Philip Anyolo in Kiambu County. [George Njunge, Standard]

Archbishop of Nairobi Philip Anyolo has church leaders who intend to run in the next general election to step down by the end of February.

Anyolo, in a statement, said “this is to avoid any form of conflict of interest during the campaign period.”

This is also in line with the requirement of the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) that officials considering elective positions in the 2022 elections must vacate their positions by February 9.

In addition, the Archbishop has extended the tenure of elected leaders of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi for one year.

The elections were due to take place this month but have now been postponed to January 2023.

Anyolo explained that this was instituted by changes approved at the Plenary Assembly of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) in May 2021.

“The Archdiocese of Nairobi has passed the KCCB election resolutions and has therefore postponed this year’s elections to January 2023. Therefore, the tenure of the current rulers is effectively extended until the end of the year 2022,” said he declared.

Archbishop Anyolo was appointed as the new Archbishop of Nairobi in October last year.

The announcement was made on behalf of the Vatican by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert Van Megen.

He succeeded retired Archbishop Emeritus John Cardinal Njue, who stepped down on January 4, 2021, after reaching the official retirement age for bishops.

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