25, November 2018
Father Cosmas Omboto shouted at few catechists and church members to hide behind the church before meeting the bullet, it has been revealed.
An emotional Bishop Andrew Nkea of Mamfe Diocese says Omboto, a Kisii priest working in St Martin Tours Parish in Kembong was shot dead by government soldiers who were shooting at the church.
“It’s painful that we lost him while at service. Soldiers started shooting indiscriminately and Father Omboto moved around asking those presenter to hide behind the church.
“The bullet met him in front of the church when asking catechists and worshippers to hide behind the church on Wednesday 3pm,” Nkea told BBC Radio.
The youthful priest who was ordained in 2017 March by Bishop Joseph Mairura, is said to have returned to volatile Kembong in April this year, four months after running away to Mamfe Diocese.
And back at Gusii home, a section of priests have joined his family in mourning with some calling for stability in South West part of Cameroon.
“It’s sad that the Mill Hill priest, our son was killed in a foreign country. We call for enhanced security in Cameroon for the sake of poor people. We shall organise for his burial,” said Father Lawrence Nyaanga.
Separatists anglophones are engaged in running battles with government forces after their agitation to break away from francophone dominance failed.