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Ellinah Wamukoya, 61 become Africa First Woman Bishop

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The Anglican Church of Southern Africa has consecrated its first woman bishop in Africa.

Ellinah Wamukoya, 61, will serve as the church�s bishop in the small, conservative kingdom of Swaziland.

Her consecration comes as the Church of England is due to vote on whether to allow women to become bishops.

�We have taken this step, and we wish the Church of England �God speed� as they deliberate this week,� Cape Town�s Anglican archbishop said.

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.

David Dinkebogile led Saturday�s ceremony and stressed that the gathering was to consecrate a bishop �not a black woman, not an African, not a Swazi woman�.

�She was to be pastor to all, to men and women, to black and white, to Swazis and all others in her diocese,� he said.

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

�I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God,� she said.

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

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