Trouble is looming at the Anglican Diocese of Maseno West with a faction that lost in the bishopric elections crying foul and accusing the electoral college of irregularities.
Rev. John Mark Haung- Godia was elected to succeed the outgoing bishop Joseph Otieno Wasonga. A faction allied to Canon Fancis Omondi has called on the head of the Anglican Church in Kenya, Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit to nullify the elections and order for fresh polls.
Rev. Kenneth Wachianga has further said, failure to order for repeat polls may force them to go for other alternatives, among them seeking legal action or calling for a split of the diocese that covers slightly more than half of Siaya County.
It has surfaced, some of the electoral college members, especially from the church headquarters in Nairobi, were hijacked by one of the candidates and booked at a hotel in Kisumu, instead of a Busia hotel which had been earlier booked.
Though each of the three candidates that vied for the seat had two agents in the voting hall, none of them was allowed to verify the votes, as only the presiding officer, diocesan chancellor, Hesbon Omolo and his deputy took it upon themselves to count and announce the winner without indicating who got what votes.
Maseno West ACK diocese held its elections, where Rev. Godia beat two contestants, Canon Omondi and Prof. James Kombo of Daystar University to become the bishop-elect.
Godia, the current diocesan secretary, in his acceptance speech, called on his competitors and Christians to join him in building the church.
He will be installed on September 1, 2019 to replace Wasonga.