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    New Anglican Bishop of Gweru ordained


    GWERU – Hundreds of Anglicans on Sunday gathered at the MSU chapel in Gweru to witness the ordination and consecration of Dr Ignatius Makumbe as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Central Zimbabwe.
    The Diocese of Central Zimbabwe refers to the Anglican Diocese that is headquartered in Gweru.
    The consecration was conducted by Archbishop Albert Chama who heads the church's Province of Central Africa and was assisted by bishops from the Province. Bishop Makumbe becomes the new bishop of Central Zimbabwe following the retirement of Bishop Ishmael Mukuwanda a few months back.
    For a new bishop to be appointed and ordained, the Anglican Church goes through an election that is conducted by an Electoral College and the college comprises of the Archibishop, the bishops, some priests and representatives of the Laity. Bishop Makumbe was elected on March 22, 2018.
    During ordination and consecration which is also referred to as enthronement, the new bishop officially takes over his throne and gives his charge or vision.
    The function  started at 8am and ended after 5pm with Archbishop Chama who is also the bishop of the Diocese of Northern Zambia preaching the gospel. 
    The bishops who attended the enthronement were Bishop William Mchombo, Bishop Derek Kamukwamba from Malawi, Bishop Brighton Malasa, Bishop Alinafe Kalemba, Bishop Godfrey Taonezvi, Bishop Cleopas Lunga, Bishop Eric Ruwona, Bishop Chad Gandiya, Bishop Ishmael Mukuwanda, Bishop Melha Beleme from Botswana and Bishop Jonathan Sothwark form London.
    Zimbabwe has five dioceses which are Harare, Masvingo, Gweru, Matebeleland and Mutare. The Anglican dioceses in Zimbabwe are under the Anglican Province of Central Africa which has three other countries namely; Botswana, Zambia and Malawi. The four countries have one archbishop at any one time who heads the provinces
    Dr Makumbe is the fourth bishop to lead the Diocese of Central Zimbabwe after it was formed in 1971.
    Archbishop Chama appealed to Anglicans to respect and help the new bishop in delivering his duties.
    "I want to encourage the Church to help the new bishop in delivering his duties. He is not coming as a fund raiser of the church; he is not going to raise money for you. Instead the church should look after him and help him deliver his duties.
    "To the new bishop, I want to say you are taking a very important task and people will have confidence and trust in you, do not let them down. You are going to be the Priest of the Priests. They will come to you with secrets no one else knows about and please keep those secrets to yourself so that you do not break the confidence installed in you.
    "I want you to know that the church is not yours, you do not own people they are the people of God do not personalise anything that belongs to God and you will be a shepherd to everyone," said Archbishop Chama
    Taking the enthronement, Bishop Makumbe promised to turn around the diocese and allow the Church to enter into business projects in order to raise funds for various activities.
    "I understand that we are in a financial crisis as a church. I promise to turn around the diocese by investing in business ventures. We are privileged to be in the Great Dyke and we will pursue investment opportunities there.
    "I want to call upon everyone, from myself to all the priests to exercise financial discipline so that we can develop our church," said Dr Makumbe
    Dr Makumbe is a holder of a doctorate certificate in Social and Human Studies specialising in Conflict Management and Transformation. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor's degree in Accounting Science. 
    He began his professional life as a high school teacher after obtaining a Certificate in Teacher Education in 1993.
    He was ordained in 2000 and  started his duties as a priest in Masvingo.
    In the Diocese of Central Zimbabwe Dr Makumbe will be leading 17 parishes, 40 acting priests and more than 10 000 parishioners.
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