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New Anglican Bishop in vow of silence'

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MBABANE – The Anglican Church in Swaziland wants their new Bishop, Ellinah Wamukoya, to speak with authority and that is why she was not in a press conference to announce her appointment.

The Vicar General, Advent Dlamini, said the Diocese of Swaziland felt the bishop should not make public statements before her consecration and enthronement on November 17, 2012. He said her silence was now a vow of silence.

Wamukoya was elected in an assembly that was held at the Thokoza Church Centre in Mbabane on July 18, 2012.

He said Wamukoya was elected as the first female African Anglican Bishop. She is set to succeed Bishop Meshack Mabuza who retired at the end of December 2011.


"We are excited to announce to God’s faithful in Swaziland and beyond that Reverend Ellinah Wamukoya will be consecrated and enthroned as the fifth Bishop of Swaziland on November 17, 2012 at a service scheduled for 9am at Mavuso Trade Centre.


"We are sorry that the invitations we had already sent out indicate the venue as the All Saints Cathedral in Mbabane. This change has been necessitated by the number of people who are expected to attend the service following the interest that has already been indicated by our people. "The Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, His Grace and Most Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba will be presiding over this historic event," said Reverend Dlamini.


In another development, the Anglican Church in Swaziland still believes that a marriage of same sex was against the Bible and they have not moved an inch from that. They said they believe that a person was created by God and should remain like that.

"Sexual orientation is never an issue with us, but it becomes a problem once those people want to practice something that was not created for them. In our church we have not changed that marriages of people from the same sex will not be allowed in our church," added Reverend Dlamini.

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