Freemasons Honoured by President Mkapa PDF Print E-mail

ON SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2004

Freemasons Honoured by President Mkapa

Freemasons to donate tricycles, mattresses, mosquito nets etc.

Last evening Freemasons in Tanzania celebrated in Dar es Salaam 100 years of Freemasonry in East Africa at a gala banquet in a city hotel at which the Guests of Honour is expected to be President Mkapa and the First Lady. On that occasion Freemasons will donate 25 tricycles, mattresses, mosquito nets to orphanages and to a blind school.

Freemasons are helping many welfare causes in different parts of the country. Among them are the Kindwitwi Leprosy Centre in Utete; Mother Theresa Home for the Children, School for the Blind in Pongwe in Tanga Region; Orphanage and Leprosy Projects in Arusha; Montessori School in Mwanza; Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar; Missionaries of Charity and Buguruni School for the Deaf are all beneficiaries of our organization.

Freemasons have built a class room at Kinondoni Primary School, treated over 100 visually impaired patients in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar and provided artificial limbs to a large number of patients and in 1996 they donated £15,000/- for the victims of MV Bukoba disaster.

They are presently paying for the education expenses of the children of the victims of American Embassy bombing and have promised to do so untl they complete their high school education. It is the only organization supporting these victims.

English Freemasonry, which has been in existence for nearly 300 years and which over the period had amongst its membership Kings, Princes, Prime Ministers, religious and business leaders, scientists, movie actors, musicians and writers, came to East Africa in 1904 with the first meeting facility based in Zanzibar.

It was introduced in Tanzania in 1904 and over the years the visitors included President Theodore Roosevelt, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Windsor; His Royal Highness, the Duke of York who later became King George VI; His Royal Highness, The Duke of Connaught and Stratheam; the Rt Hon Lord Cornwallis; the Rt Hon Lord Swansea and the Rt Ho, The Earl of Eglington and Winton who were all Freemasons.

Their membership list runs like the world Who’s Who. His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 14 American Presidents, amongst whom were Presidents George Washington, both the Roosevelts; Truman, Gerald Ford, George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.

Ten Australian Prime Ministers, 35 US Supreme Court Justices members, Generals Colin Powell and MacArthur. Other Freemansons include world leaders like Cecil Rhodes, Olof Palme, Ted Kennedy, Francois Mitterand, Napoleon Bonaparte, Winston Churchill, Willy Brandt, Robert McNamara, Edger Hoover and Tony Blair.

Others were religious leaders like Swami Vivekananda, former Archbishop of Canterbury Most Reverend Geoffrey Fisher, and Jesse Jackson, business leaders such as Fords, Rothschilds and the Rockefellers and Richard Wagner, Mozart, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling and Alexander Fleming. Neil Armstrong, the first man to land on the Moon was a freemason.

The present Head of English Freemasonry is His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and about 3,000 Freemasons in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and the Seychelles are headed by Sir Jayantilal Chande, a Tanzanian, who has been the leader of Freemasonry in East Africa for the past 18 years. The headquarters of this body established with the approval of the Registrar of Societies is located on Nyerere Road, Nairobi.

All Freemasons, drawn from different faiths are encouraged to believe in God as the Supreme Creator and they are exhorted to be law-abiding and faithful citizens. They should continuously work towards development of their spiritual and moral values and ethical standard.

Freemasonry the oldest fraternal organization, with the possible exception of Boys

Scouts Movement, is the largest in the world. Globally, about half a million Freemasons annually contribute about US$400 million to worthy causes.