By KBC Reporters
The Anglican Church of Kenya goes to the poll Friday to elect the successor to Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala.
The election of the 6th archbishop will be done by an Electoral College at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.
Wabukala has been vocal and instrumental in religious and political circles during his eight year term, and will be handing over the baton to his successor at a critical time , ahead of the 2017 elections.
Archbishop Wabukhala will especially be remembered for his peace building efforts after the 2007/08 post-election skirmishes, advocacy for peaceful coexistence between various religious faiths and his firm stand against corruption.
The race to succeed the ACK head has been marred by extensive lobbying by the candidates.
The search committee led by the ACK Provincial Chancellor has already settled on six candidates from the house of bishops who have expressed interest to succeed Wabukhala.
Delegates from 39 dioceses will pick their new primate from a list of six candidates.
The six bishops are Moses Masaba, James ochiel, Joseph Nasoore, Julius Wanyoike, Joel Waweru and Lawrence Dena.
Wabukala’s successor will be consecrated on July 3.
In his retirement service at the All Saints Cathedral, the outgoing 5th Archbishop the archbishop offered to continue praying for the church and the nation even at his retirement.
He particularly urged Kenyans to observe peace especially during the upcoming electioneering period of 2017.
He was elected the 5th Primate and Archbishop of Kenya in an election process by a 158 member Electoral College of the Anglican Church of Kenya that was gathered at the All Saints Cathedral on 24th April, 2009.
He succeeded the then Archbishop Rt Reverend Benjamin Nzimbi.
He leaves office officially on June 26th.