Pope Francis appoints Bishop Wambua King’oo as Bishop of Machakos
By The Catholic Mirror Team
The Holy Father has transferred Bishop Norman King’oo Wambua of the Catholic Diocese of Bungoma to the Catholic Diocese of Machakos. In a letter from the Apostolic Nunciature to Kenya dated 22nd June, 2018, the news of the appointment was made public in Rome, Today Saturday, 23rd June, 2018 at noon (1.00p.m in Kenya). Rt. Rev. King’oo who is the Chairman of the National Family Life at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has served in Bungoma for 20 years. Bishop King'oo Wambua was appointed Bishop of Bungoma on 27th, June, 1998 and ordained on 16th, August, 1998 by the then Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya Cardinal Joseph Tumko.
Machakos Diocese fell vacant on 9th, December, 2014 when Bishop Martin Kivuva was elevated to Archbishop of Mombasa Archdiocese. Since then the Diocese has been shepherded by Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria who is has been the Apostolic Administrator. With the transfer of Bishop King’oo Wambua, four dioceses and the Military Ordinariate remain without resident Bishops. These includes; Catholic Diocese of Kitui following the transfer of Bishop Boniface Lele (late) to the archdiocese of Mombasa in 2005, Millitary Ordinariate following the retirement of Bishop Alfred Rotich in 2016, having attained the Mandatory retirement age for the Military, Catholic Diocese of Eldoret following the death of Bishop Cornelius Korir in October, 2017, Catholic Diocese of Malindi following the death of Bishop Emanuel Barbara in January 2018 and now the Catholic Diocese of Bungoma.
Bishop Norman King’oo Wambua
Born: 1952 in Makueni County
Ordained Priest: 1988
Appointed Bishop: June 27, 1999
Consecrated Bishop: August 16, 1998