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First African Archbishop of Kenya dies
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040217-3
February 17, 2004

[CAPA - Kenya] The first African Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Revd. Festo Olang’, passed away last week in Nairobi at the age of 95. He succumbed to a heart attack his family said.

Archbishop Olang’ was together with the late Bishop Obadiah Kariuki the first African Bishops for Kenya. He became Archbishop in 1970 replacing the Most Revd. Leonard Beecher and left office in 1980. He was succeeded by the Most Revd. Manasses Kuria.

Current Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi was among the first to be notified of the death and immediately went to commiserate with the family.

A remembrance service was held last Sunday at the All Saints’ Catherdral, Nairobi, while requiem mass will be held on Wednesday at the same venue before the late Primate is finally interred at his Jaribuni Farm in Kakamega district.

Meanwhile, the Archbishop of the Democractic Republic of Congo, the Most Revd. Dikropa Fidele has lost his wife.

On learning of the news CAPA Chairman, the Most Revd. Peter Akinola, sent a condolence message to the Archbishop and his family on behalf of the Communion in Africa.

He said he has received the news with profound shock and sorrow and prayed that the Almighty would give the family comfort during the difficult time of bereavement.

CAPA e-bulletin extends its deep sympathies to the two families