Tragic death of Martinus Balemans


Martin_balemansDear brothers and sisters,
It is with great sorrow that I announce to you the tragic death of our brother Martin Balemans which occurred this afternoon.
Martin went swimming late morning as he usually does. At about 12:30 he was passing through Tamale town with his driver. He asked his driver to stop in town so that he buys something. They packed at normal packing place and Martin wanted to cross the road. He took care to pass at the pedestrian grossing. All the cars stopped to give way, but a young man who was riding a motorbike did not stop and accidentally hit  Martin who fell, hitting his head on the asphalt.
He was immediately transported to the Tamale teaching hospital. This happened at about 12:40. I was informed at around 13:00, and I rushed to the Hospital. The diocesan bursar arrived there before me and anointed Martin.  When I got there, Martin was not conscious, and there were over 10 Doctors and many Nurses around him doing all they could to save him. Unfortunately, at about 14:00 Martin was declared died. There were a good number of priests present when he died.
We shall be meeting tomorrow and the days to come to plan for the funeral. We shall keep you informed as regards to the funeral arrangements. Let us keep our dear Martin in our prayers.
Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends. We shall all miss him a lot.
Yours in sorrow,
Dominic Apee
Provincial of Ghana/Nigeria

Condolences to the Munishi and Chama families


Dear Confreres, Dear Friends,
I have just received two pieces of sad news.
The brother-in-law of Fr. Adelarde Munishi, Mr. James Massawe passed away yesterday night, Monday 1stJune 2013 in Tanzania
The uncle of Fr. Evans Chama, elder brother of his mother, Mr. Donald Kashiwa, passed away last night, 2nd June, in Kafue, Zambia. Tomorrow the family members including Evans will travel to Kafue.
May the two rest in perfect peace and may the good Lord bring consolation to the families.
Let us remember them in our prayers.
Fr. Christopher Chileshe

Attack on a peaceful gathering of several civil society organisations in a church – Lusaka


Oasis Forum Logo - LusakaThe Oasis Forum and its constituent members are appalled and shocked by the behaviour of Patriotic Front (PF) cadres who attacked a peaceful gathering of several civil society organisations, yesterday, 31 May 2013, inside the Church of the Bible Gospel Outreach Church in Africa (BIGOCA) situated in Matero Township, Lusaka. The consortium of civil society, exercising their rights, was gathered to pray and peacefully protest Government’s removal of subsidies on Maize meal, agriculture and fuel. READ MORE