New Primate Elected for Tanzania

29 February 2008 - Print Version

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The Rt. Rev. Valentino L. Mokiwa, Bishop of Dar es Salaam in the Anglican Church of Tanzania, was elected archbishop of the province Feb. 28 during a special session of the General Synod in Dodoma.
Bishop Mokiwa will be installed in Dodoma on May 25. He succeeds the Most Rev. Donald L. Mtetemela, whose second five-year term concludes in May. Primates in Tanzania are limited to a maximum of two five-year terms under that province’s constitution. Archbishop Mtetemela will continue as Bishop of the Diocese of Ruaha for the next five years, while also serving as chancellor of St. John’s University in Dodoma.
Recently Archbishop Mtetemela was named to serve as one of five primates to a collegial partnership titled “Anglican Bishops in Communion.” It is uncertain how Archbishop Mtetemela’s pending retirement as primate will affect his work with the partnership, according to the Rev. Ephraim Radner, professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto and a fellow of the Anglican Communion Institute, Inc.
“The fact that he is retiring is not a surprise,” Prof. Radner said. “My understanding is that the process of following through on formalizing the partners is in the hands of the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

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