The Catholic Kenyan priest who was killed in the Former British Southern Cameroons by Cameroun Biya Forces has finally been buried in his native home in Bomachoge Chache, Kisii County, Kenya
Father Cosmas Omboto was shot dead on November 21 at a church in Kembong, Manyu County, Southern zone of the Former British Southern Cameroons. He was shot by Cameroun Forces as they invaded the area indiscriminately shooting as confirmed by the Bishop of Mamfe Diocese, Bishop Andrew Nkea.
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 including priests from the Former British Southern Cameroons (Ambazonia)
BaretaNews is told that those who spoke at the funeral said the religious leader took spiritual healing and salvation to a people whose country is torn by conflict.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.
Father Cosmas featured amongst Ghanaian, American missionaries killed by Cameroun Forces including a Catholic Priest in Muyuka, a seminarian in Bamenda and most recently a father of a Catholic Priest in Kumbo all murdered by Cameroun Forces
Mr. Biya, Cameroun aging President has ignored calls for dialogue with those fighting to restore what they call Ambazonia, opting instead in creating a disarmament, reintegration committee that fell short of the conventional ways in doing so.
Intense fighting still continues in the war conflict areas