Bishop, John Rucyahana, who has been at the helm of Shyira Anglican Church Diocese for the last 13 years, has quit after reaching the retirement age.
Rucyahana’s retirement request was approved by the Diocesan High Council during its recent meeting.
He will be replaced by Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda, whose consecration is slated for later this month.
When contacted, Rucyahana, 65, confirmed the development, saying his retirement was in conformity with the church guidelines.
“I still have energy to serve my church, but institutionary every bishop who clocks 65 years should retire,” he said, adding that he would still be available to serve his church or the country whenever needed.
“I cannot change the law because I feel stronger. What is important is not finishing what you started but what foundation you laid for others…I have played my role successfully.”
He spoke of his successor Rev. Dr. Mbanda as a trust worthy person with vast experience and capable of continuing from where he stopped.
Mbanda was the vice president of Compassion International.
“He [Mbanda] is an experienced man with integrity and momentum to move the diocese ahead,” Rucyahana said.