The Most Rev’d Albert Chama of Central Africa was elected as Vice Chair and Ms Grace Wambua as Treasurer. Archbishop Ntahoturi succeeds the Most Rev’d Ian Ernest of the Indian Ocean, the current Chair after a period of growth and success for CAPA.
The meeting brought together Primates and key Anglicans from across Africa, and CAPA’s global partners. Their key themes were economic empowerment and peace and reconciliation, and challenged churches to harness untapped resources and strengthen relationships across the continent.
During the meeting, representatives from the provinces of Burundi, Central Africa, Congo, the Indian Ocean, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Southern Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, West Africa and the Diocese of Egypt adopted a strategic plan for CAPA, which put economic empowerment at the heart of its work and encouraged greater participation of young people in the life of the Church.
The assembly highlighted those issues that were of concern to CAPA including the fragile nature of many of the states across Africa, the tension between Muslims and Christians, the “destructive impact” of small arms in the hands of civilians and the recurrence of famine in the continent.
Delegates also had the privilege of paying a visit to the President of Burundi, His Excellency, Hon. Pierre Nkurunziza, and congratulated him and the people of Burundi for the transition from conflict and the progress towards peace and development. The Anglican Church of Burundi have been very active in support of reconciliation since a fragile peace was agreed in 2010.