A court in Mombasa has dismissed an application seeking to stop the consecration of embattled Mombasa ACK Church newly elected Bishop Alphonse Mwaro Baya.
A section of the clergy in the diocese led by Mombasa Memorial Cathedral administrative secretary George Gona Kuza had gone to court to challeng the controversial election of Mwaro to succeed outgoing bishop Julius Kalu who has attained the mandatory retirement age.
According to Mombasa Senior magistrate Martin Rabera the application lacks merit and congregants are likely to suffer.
“In the Instant case, the applicant did not show how it will be inconvenienced if the injunctive orders sought are not granted. On the other hand, the constitution of the Anglican Church of Kenya provides the mode under which the position of a Bishop can fall vacant and the method of filling the same and also role of a Bishop in the Chrurch” said Rabera.
The magistrate added ” I find that the congregants will suffer great harm of injury than the applicant if the order of injuction is granted. This is because they will be made to operate without a leader who is central to the church functionaries”.
The consecration is set for this Sunday.