By Deogratias Mmana:
Pope Francis has appointed Zomba Bishop George Tambala as Archbishop for Lilongwe Archdiocese.
Tambala replaces the late archbishop Tarcizio Ziyaye who died in December 2020.
“His Excellency, Archbishop Gianfranco Gallone, Apostolic Nuncio to Malawi and Zambia is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Right Reverend George Desmond Tambala as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe,” reads a statement by Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) dated October 15, signed by secretary general Henry Saindi.
The statement also says “until the Most Reverend George Desmond Tambala takes canonical possession of the Archdiocese of Lilongwe, he will continue exercising the pastoral office of the Apostolic Administrator of Zomba Diocese.”
President Lazarus Chakwera has congratulated the new Archbishop-elect.
“The President, therefore, calls on all Malawians of goodwill to join him in wishing the faithful of Lilongwe Archdiocese God’s best as they welcome the shepherding care of the Right Reverend,” reads a statement from State House, signed by Acting Presidential Press Secretary Anthony Kasunda.
Tambala was appointed Bishop of Zomba on October 15, 2015 and ordained bishop on January 30, 2016.
He was born in Zomba on November 11, 1968. From 1983 to 1987 he attended secondary school at the Child Jesus Nankhunda Minor Seminary in Zomba and later attended the Inter- Congregational Seminary of Philosophy in Balaka.
In 1990, he entered the Novitiate in the Discalced Carmelites Order and made his first religious profession on May 31 1991. After his theological studies at Tangaza College in Nairobi, he was ordained priest on April 13 1996 at Chiphaso Parish in Lilongwe.
In 2000 he obtained a licentiate in theology at the Faculty of Northern Spain.
As Archbishop for Lilongwe Archbishop, he will also oversee Dedza, Mzuzu and Karonga dioceses which do have respective bishops.
Vatican is expected to appoint a new bishop for Zomba Diocese to replace Tambala.