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Africa appoints first Anglican woman bishop

NEW ROLE: Ellinah Wamukoya

ELLINAH WAMUKOYA has made history by becoming Africa's the first Anglican woman bishop.

The 61-year-old will serve as the bishop at the Anglican Church of Southern Africa in the small, conservative kingdom of Swaziland.

Her consecration on Saturday (Nov 17) came just days before the Church of England has blocked women from becoming bishops.

"I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God," Wamukoya told the AP news agency.

"A mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing," she added.

The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town said in a statement: "The thunder is rumbling as I write: We have witnessed a great occasion, and now it does indeed seem that the heavens are about to fall upon us - the falling of rain, which this country and its people so desperately need.

Bishop Wamukoya is a former mayor of Swaziland's economic capital, Manzini, reports the AFP news agency.

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