By Ben Chumba
Archbishop Jackson Nassore Ole Sapit officially took over the helms of the Anglican Church in Kenya in an event attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.
Archbishop Ole Sapit succeeds retired Archbishop Eliud Wabukhala.
The former Bishop of the Kericho Diocese was enthroned as the sixth Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya at a colorful ceremony held at the All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi.
The historic event was witnessed by hundreds of faithful as well as religious and political leaders, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto, former Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Lowassa and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby.
Speaking at the enthronement service, President Kenyatta wished Archbishop Ole Sapit success in his duties as Head of the Anglican Church in Kenya and assured him of his support.
Kenyatta praised the existing partnership between the Church and State, saying the two entities have a duty and responsibility to improve the welfare of Kenyans.
Deputy President William Ruto hailed Archbishop Ole Sapit’s elevation to the helm of the Anglican Church of Kenya, terming it a deserving appointment.
Kenyatta and Ruto called on the new Archbishop to be firm, uphold integrity and fight social ills.
In his acceptance speech, Archbishop Ole Sapit encouraged dialogue in addressing national issues.
51-year-old Archbishop Ole Sapit takes over from Bishop Eliud Wabukala who retired last month.
Archbishop Ole Sapit will also serve as the fourth Bishop of All Saints Cathedral diocese and the Bishop Ordinary of the Kenya Defence Forces.