In Summary
  • Father Cosmas Omboto was shot dead on November 21 at a church in Kembong in the restive Southwest region of Cameroon as he presided over an evening mass.
  • Fr Omboto was the fourth born in a family of six and had served about three years as a missionary when death came calling. He was 33 years old.
  • Catholic Church leaders led by Bishop John Mairura likened Fr Omboto's death to that of a martyr.
  • Deputy Governor Maangi said the Church lost a steward, faithful servant and a mentor of young people.

The Kenyan priest who was killed in Cameroon has been eulogised as a brave person, who left the comfort of his native home in Bomachoge Chache, Kisii County, to serve in a conflict zone.

Father Cosmas Omboto was shot dead on November 21 at a church in Kembong in the restive Southwest region of Cameroon as he presided over an evening mass.

SPIRITUAL HEALING

Fr Omboto was the fourth born in a family of six and had served about three years as a missionary when death came calling. He was 33 years old.

The clergyman was buried at the Nyabururu Mission graveyard in Kisii on Thursday, a ceremony that dozens of political leaders attended.

They included Deputy Governor Joash Maangi and Bomachoge Chache legislator Alfa Miruka.

Those who spoke at the funeral said the religious leader took spiritual healing and salvation to a people whose country is torn by conflict.

MARTYR

Catholic Church leaders led by Bishop John Mairura likened Fr Omboto's death to that of a martyr.

"He died while preaching the gospel. He was a soldier in the faith. The church looks forward to meeting him again when the roll call is called up yonder," Bishop Mairura said.

He noted that the mission to spread the gospel will not be hampered by isolated incidents of thuggery and violence.

Bishop Mairura termed the killing callous and sad, and called on the world to act against the violence in the western Africa country.

“We collectively vouch for peace for the word to be preached to hurting souls,” he said.

"GOSPEL SEED"

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