Maralal, 27 September, 2022 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Leaders of Samburu County in Kenya have pledged to collaborate with the Catholic Diocese of Maralal that covers the Kenyan County in addressing insecurity that involves cattle rustlers and perpetrators of gender-based violence among other actors.
Governor Jonathan Lati Lelelit who led the newly elected County leaders during the official inauguration and blessing of the Maralal Oasis building of the Kenyan Catholic Diocese located at the junction of Argwings Kodhek and Rose Avenue in Nairobi expressed his commitment to working with the Church leadership to foster peaceful coexistence in the County.
“I will be available and committed to work with the Catholic Diocese of Maralal to ensure that there is peace in Samburu County,” Governor Lelelit, a Catholic faithful, said during the September 24 event that Bishop Virgilio Pante presided over.
Bishop Pante is the immediate former Local Ordinary of Maralal Diocese. On July 20, Pope Francis appointed Mons. Hieronymus Joya, a Kenyan-born member of the Institute of Consolata Missionaries (IMC), as the new Local Ordinary of the Kenyan Diocese.
In the bulletin by the See Press Office announcing the administrative in the Kenyan Diocese, the Holy Father accepted the retirement of Bishop Pante, the 76-year-old Italian-born IMC member who had been at the helm of Maralal Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in October 2001.