Seminary rector slain in Nairobi

Monday, March 19th, 2007

The rector of the Missionaries of Africa theological centre in Nairobi was shot and killed Saturday.
Father Martin Addai, 46, was shot near the formation centre, according to a communiqué sent to Fides by Father Gerard Chabanon, superior-general of the Missionaries, also known as the White Fathers.

The communiqué stated that Father Addai "was on his way to visit some friends when, near the seminary, some bandits stopped him and shot him."
"It seems he died immediately. His body was thrown by the roadside and his assailants fled with the car," the communiqué explained.
The White Fathers' Web site also said: "Nothing had disappeared from the car: his mobile phone, passport, money, documents -- everything was there!

"There were some traces of blood on the door. Father Martin probably leaned over before falling to the road  mortally wounded. They left him on the road and took off. It seems that some one called the police, who removed the body, but nothing in particular is heard in the area. People questioned by the police did not see anything, and it was 2 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon."

A native of Kumasi, Ghana, Martin Addai entered the novitiate in Zambia in 1984. He made his vows as a Missionary of Africa in London five years later.
He was ordained a priest in 1990, and worked in Mozambique. After time in Rome and Canada, he returned to Africa. In 2004 he was elected a member of the general chapter and made rector of the theology centre.

According to eye witnesses, Father Addai was carjacked near his community house, shot and his body thrown by the roadside on the afternoon of March 10.