By Gavin Drake, ACNS

The Most Rev. Eliud Wabukala, Archbishop of Kenya, presided at a farewell Eucharist at All Saints’ Cathedral in Nairobi on Sunday ahead of his formal retirement on June 26.

Archbishop Wabukala, who has led the province for seven years, received plaudits for his ministry and his fight against corruption as chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee.

Later, speaking to KTN News, he called for a restoration of trust in the country as it heads toward a general election next year.

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“Now is the time to put down, put away, all that holds us back,” he said. “For Kenyans, we want to say that there is hope in restoring everything that we think is lost. There is a great hope to bring back trust between families, trust between individuals. We need to bring trust back to the institutions that have been formed to run this society.

“I particularly would appeal to all of us to bring trust to the electoral commission and also ask that people given the responsibility to run the elections of this country: work hard and also bring trust to their work.”

Wabukala succeeded Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi when he was elected to serve as the fifth primate of the Anglican Church in Kenya in April 2009.

“I want to thank all the Anglicans in the whole country for standing with me for the seven years I have been in this position,” he told The Star. “Women, men, children, bishops and all the church leaders, you were dear to me.

“I am praying for this country, the leaders and [politicians], some of whom I have worked with and I will continue working with, that they steer this country with wisdom. I pray for peaceful elections next year.”

The election of his successor is scheduled for May 20.

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