Pope Francis has appointed Nakuru Diocese Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba as the apostolic administrator of Kisumu Archdiocese.
He is expected to hold the office until a new archbishop is appointed after Arch Bishop Phillip Anyolo was moved to head the Nairobi Diocese.
Bishop Makumba will continue to hold his position in Nakuru until a new ArchBishop for Kisumu is appointed.
“This is to ensure that there is no vacuum in the office as a new head is being sought,” Kisumu Archdiocese Vicar General Father Moses Omollo confirmed to Nation.Africa on Saturday.
Born at Lirhanda village in Kakamega County in 1968, Bishop Makumba became the youngest Catholic bishop in Kenya when he was appointed at the age of 41.
He joined St Mary’s Major Seminary after completing secondary school at St Charles Lwanga.
He then went to Rome, Italy, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree at Urbaniana Pontifican University and a master’s degree in philosophy at Pontifical Holy Cross University. He was ordained priest on October 15, 1994.
Archbishop Anyolo was inaugurated on Saturday in a ceremony presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Bert Van Megen.
He takes over from Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau who stepped in as an Apostolic Administrator following the retirement of Cardinal John Njue in January this year.