Africa elects first Anglican women bishop

Bishop Ellinah WamukoyaThe Anglican Church of Southern Africa (ACSA) yesterday made history by appointing the first female Anglican bishop on the continent. On 18 July 2012 an Elective Assembly meeting in Mbabane elected the Rev.Ellinah Wamukoya as fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Swaziland. Rev.Ellinah Wamukoya (61) will be the first female Anglican Bishop in Africa and the continent's second female bishop of a mainline church – in 2008 the Rt. Rev.Joaquina Nhanala was elected the Methodist bishop of Mozambique.

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Rev.Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya, Bishop of the Diocese of Swaziland

Rev.Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya educated at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, the new bishop has exercised a bi-vocational ministry. She serves as Anglican chaplain at the University of Swaziland and at St Michael's High School in Manzini. She is also the Town Clerk and CEO of the City Council of the town of Manzini and is a skilled and seasoned financial administrator and she finally elected as fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Swaziland

The new bishop enters the stage at a difficult moment in the political and ecclesial life of Swaziland. Her predecessor, the Rt. Rev.Meshack Mabuza has been a sharp critic of King Mswati III, the last absolute monarch in sub-Saharan Africa. King Mswati has ruled the landlocked mountain kingdom since 1986 and has been denounced by church and civil society leaders for mismanagement of the economy. The king also has earned a public image as a profligate ruler unconcerned with his subjects' poverty.

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