Friday, November 7, 2008

Obama win is good for Africa, Kenyan church leaders say

From the Anglican Journal in Canada. And I thought the East African Bishops were conservatives.

Nairobi Kenyan church leaders have hailed the election on Nov. 4 of Sen. Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America, saying it is a positive turn for Africa that can help steer good governance on the continent.“I want congratulate Obama. I think his winning will bring hope and healing to the whole world,” said Anglican Bishop Joseph Wasonga. “His election has shown that America is truly democratic.”

Mr. Obama will be the first mixed-race president in the United States. He was born in Hawaii to a white mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father.

In Kogelo village, in the Siaya district of western Kenya, where the president-elect’s father came from, hundreds of local people converged to celebrate with Mr. Obama’s Kenyan grandmother and other members of the extended family. Clan members were preparing to slaughter cattle and chickens for a feast.

“It is a positive turn for Africa,” Bishop Wasonga told Ecumenical News International from his diocese of Maseno West. “He has allowed a school to be named after him. We hope he will find ways of supporting it.”

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