The New Times (Kigali)

Rwanda: Ntazinda Ordained Bishop of Kibungo Diocese

Ngoma-Reverend Emmanuel Ntazinda was over the weekend consecrated as the Anglican Church Bishop of Kibungo Diocese.

Ntazinda becomes the fourth bishop of the diocese, replacing Bishop Josias Sendegeya, who retired.

He has been serving as a Secretary at the same diocese in charge of its development.

Addressing hundreds of faithful after his consecration, the beaming clergyman pledged to work towards the general development of the province.

Ntazinda said he intends to embark on developmental projects, by sensitising Christians to form cooperatives.

"I have a very wide agenda...primarily to preach the word of God. But I will also sensitise church followers to embrace the culture of working in cooperatives. I will al

"I have a very wide agenda...primarily to preach the word of God. But I will also sensitise church followers to embrace the culture of working in cooperatives."

so promote education by working closely with all stakeholders," he pronounced.

The Archbishop of Rwanda, Onesphore Rwaje, who presided over the ceremony, thanked Bishop Ntazinda for developing the Church in Ngoma District and the Eastern Province at large.

He said that he had no doubt the new bishop would emulate his predecessor by doing a great job, adding that consecration was normally done on merit.

The Minister of Local Government James Musoni, who attended the colourful ceremony, reiterated the need for the church to support the government's development programmes.

"We need your collaboration for mutual benefit...it should go down to all districts and provinces," he urged.

Kibungo Diocese comprises of 36 parishes.

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