The newly appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Machakos Bishop Norman King’oo Wambua has been installed.
The rite of installation was witnessed by thousands of elated faithful who flocked the 30,000-seater stadium to full capacity.
Since 2014, Machakos Catholic Diocese had been under the Apostolic administrator Archbishop of Nyeri, His Grace Anthony Muheria after the Local Ordinary Bishop Martin Kivuva being moved to head the Archdiocese of Mombasa.
Born in 1952 in Makueni County, Bishop King’oo was ordained priest on May 22, 1988 and later appointed Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Bungoma on June 27, 1998.
Bishop Norman King’oo Wambua was appointed to shepherd the faithful of Machakos Diocese by Pope Francis on June 23 2018.
He is the fourth Machakos Catholic Bishop after his predecessors Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki, the late Urbanus Kioko and Martin Kivuva.
Bishop Norman Wambua transferred from the Diocese of Bungoma where he had served for 20 years.
He said is happy to serve in Machakos where he was born, adding he will faithfully lead in consultation with other church leaders.
The newly installed bishop, who was accompanied by the Pope’s representative in Kenya and South Sudan, His Eminence Charles Daniel Balvo and Archbishop of Mombasa His Grace Martin Kivuva, took a lap of honor on a car around the stadium.
His eminence John Cardinal Njue thanked Bishop Wambua for accepting his new appointment to serve in the Diocese of Machakos which also includes Makueni County.
He also stressed on the need for unity and peaceful coexistence among Kenyans.
“Let us accept one another. There is much we can learn from each other. Let us have that respect in order to bring meaningful unity in our country,” he said.
In his closing remarks, Bishop Wambua asked the government to hasten efforts to eradicate poverty a
d give citizens a dignified life.
“The time for electioneering is over. Let us work together to improve our lives. That after 50 years of independence we still have people languishing in poverty is a sin,” said Bishop Wambua.