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The Orthodox communities in East Africa that had been founded under his leadership were organized into the Metropolis of Irinoupolis with headquarters in Nairobi in 1958. He was first Bishop of Kenya and the first Kenyan Missionary to the people of Bunyore.
In 1972 he was
ordained titular Bishop of Natrun, Assistant Bishop of the Metropolis Eirenoupolis.
In 1974 Bishop George
(Arthur) Gathuna, hence the split in the Orthodox Church into African and Greek Orthodox.
On 30th November 1979 Bishop George (Gathuna) was defrocked, caused by what he called a problem of leadership and authority. However, the Patriarchate accused him of a lack of vision.