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The elect Bishop
The electoral Diocesan General Assembly has elected Rev.Dr. Abednego Nkamuhabwa Keshomshahara to be the bishop elect on June 2nd, 2015 at Kibeta English Medium Primary School (KEMPS). The Assembly was opened with the worship service, which was led by the Presiding Bishop Dr. A. Malasusa in collaboration with the current diocesan bishop Elisa Buberwa. The Presiding Bishop delivered the sermon from 2Timothy3:1-13. In expounding his sermon, he clarified on Bishop’s responsibilities by emphasizing that ‘’ The Bishop must keep the right teachings of the church and accept that he/she is called to participate in God’s mission’’.
He continued to express his thanks to the NWD for the invitation on such a big event and to Bishop Elisa Buberwa for his high standard of commitment to serve God’s people.
As preliminary electoral preparations, Bishop Buberwa had this to say ‘’ I beg all of members of the Assembly to inquire the Holy Spirit and obey him as we vote for the Bishop. Don’t follow neither your desires nor convictions from other people. Obey the voice of the Holy spirit’’.
The Diocesan general secretary, Rev. Elmereck Kigembe had time to go through various clauses of NWD constitution and explained how the entire process would be undertaken. Members were called by names, one after another, they moved forward and were given ballot papers, and they made it. Balloting started at 2.00 pm and was done three times until the name of the bishop elect was declared before the meeting. As informed before there were three candidates who were proposed for the bishopric post by the Diocesan Executive Committee No.334. These were Rev. Dr Abednego Nkamuhabwa Keshomshahara, Rev. Dr. Josephat Alphonce Rweyemamu and Rev. Amos Kamugisha Mushendwa. The Chairperson, Bishop Elisa Buberwa, guided the voting session peacefully and successfully.
Bishop Elisa Buberwa
The Presiding Bishop, Bishop Emmanuel Makala from Shinyanga and retired Presiding Bishop Dr. S. Mushemba.
The Bishop elect had this to say ‘’ I thank all members of the Assembly to trust me and cast your votes for me thus make me a Bishop elect of our Diocese ’’
The Bishop elect will be the diocesan Bishop of the fifth phase after his consecration in October 18th, 2015 at the Cathedral (Church of the saviour) in Bukoba Municipal.
Indeed, God is good all the time.
Text by: Petrida Batale
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