The House of Bishop of the Anglican church of Rwanda has elected Rev Francis Karemera bishop of Cyangugu Diocese.
Karemera will turn 60 on December 3.
Born in Gahini – Kayonza district which is literarily the ancestor of Anglican church of Rwanda, Karemera was elected on July 15 at Bethanie Hotel – Karongi district.
The new bishop is a technocrat who served the Anglican Church since 1984 in Uganda and in Rwanda since the aftermath of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.
In Uganda, he studied the Master of Organizational Leadership and Management at Uganda Christian University after a Bachelor of Divinity (Hons) at Bishop Tucker College (Uganda Christian University) 1987 – 1990 and a diploma in theology from Makerere university a couple of years earlier.
He is currently the General Secretary of Anglican Church of Rwanda who, among other responsibilities, is the Chief Operations Officer of the community in Rwanda.
Karemera becomes bishop after a vacant position that was since early this year, left by Louis Muvunyi, the bishop of Kigali whom, the council of Bishop requested to serve as rector of a Christian university of the church which is to start in Kabuga – Gasabo district.
The bishops choose to transfer the current bishop of Cyangugu Nathan Rusengo Amooti to Kigali and thus to replace him with the just elected bishop Karemera.
“The bishop elect will be consecrated and enthroned on Sunday September 15, 2019 in Cyangugu Diocese,” reads part of a press release that was signed by the Anglican Church archbishop Dr Laurent Mbanda.
Karemera will serve as bishop for barely five years.
According to church leaders, in the Anglican Church, no bishop is allowed to serve beyond 65 years of age.