Bishop Emmanuel Okombo
Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo was born on November 29, 1942 at Bulanda village in the parish of Mundika in Busia District. After elementary studies at St John’s Seminary, Rakwaro, he continued to St Peter’s Seminary, Mukumu, He then commenced his studies for Philosophy and Theology from 1967 to 1972 at St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood for the then larger Diocese of Kisumu.
After his priestly ordination on November 30, 1972, the Rt. Rev. Okombo was appointed as assistant parish Ii priest at Shibuye and Port Victoria parishes. Upon the creation of Kakamega Diocese from the Diocese of Kisumu, he was appointed as Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary, Mukumu, from 1976 to 1981 in the diocese of Kakamega. From 1981 to 1983, he studied at St. John Fisher College, Albany, USA, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Sciences. When he returned from his studies, he was appointed again as Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary, Mukumu, unti11987.
After the creation of Bungoma Diocese from Kakamega in 1987, Bishop Okombo was appointed the Vicar-General of the Diocese of Bungoma. He also worked at the Bungoma Cathedral and then Amukura parish as the parish priest. Upon the death or Bishop Longinus Atundo on November 12, 1996, Rt. Rev. Okombo was elected as the Diocesan Administrator of Bungoma for two years. After the appointment of the new Bishop of Bungorna in 1998, he was appointeri jas Vicar-General for two years and continued with his apostolate as parish priest of Amukura to date. He becomes the second Bishop of Kericho