The Rt. Rev. Dr. Dickson Daud Chilongani was elected sixth as Bishop of the Diocese of Central Tanganyika (DCT) on October 8th 2014 in the country’s administrative capital of Dodoma, winning more than 90 percent of the votes in a country where Episcopal elections are often hotly contested. He is a third person in the Anglican Church of Tanzania’s history to be elected as Bishop while serving as General Secretary of the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT).
The Synod was held under the chairmanship of the diocesan Bishop of Tarime the Rt. Rev. Dr. Mwita Akiri on behalf of the Primate, the Most Rev. Dr. Jacob Chimeledya.
Bishop Chilongani got the most votes during the special Synod whose atmosphere was described by one member as “great and interesting”.Of the 716 members of Synod 658 voted for Rt. Rev. Dr. Dickson Daud Chilongani and only 58 voted for the other candidate.
“This tells you the extent of people’s expectations from us; we feel powerless and will only rely on God’s guidance and prayer.”
Rt. Rev. Dr. Dickson Daud Chilongani wrote in a letter to his friends around the world.