Pope Francis has settled on Homabay Bishop Philip Anyolo as the new Kisumu Archbishop.

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This follows the looming exit of outgoing Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth who is retiring after 50 years of service.

Anyolo's appointment was officially published in L’Osservatore Romano in Rome on Thursday.

Anyollo, 62, who is a native of Tongaren in Bungoma was ordained priest of the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret in 1983.

On December 6 1995, he was appointed the Bishop of Kericho by then Pope John Paul II before his consecration on February 3, 1996.

On February 20, 2002, he was took over from Rt. Rev Linus Okwach as the Homabay Apostolic Administrator.

This was again on Pope John Paul's appointment, before taking over as Bishop for Homabay on May 23, 2003.

He is also the Chair of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Outgoing Archbishop Okoth who celebrated his 50th year in service a day to Anyolo's appointment has served as Archbishop for Kisumu since May 21, 1990.