Freemasonry in East Africa celebrates centenary


16-July-2004

Organised by the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, the event also coincided with the 10th anniversary of the Mount Simpson Lodge at Bel Ombre and the Ladies Night for its outgoing master Harry Tirant. The new master of the Mount Simpson Lodge is Serge Pool.

The banquet was attended by members from all the three freemasons' lodges in Seychelles including the Seychelles Lodge and Seychelles Installed Masters Lodge. The evening was also to honour two ophthalmologists namely Dr Ahok Kumar Kanji Shah and Dr Fayaz Ahmed Khan from the District Grand Lodge in East Africa who last week had been assisting the Ministry of Health in carrying out cataract removal surgeries at the eye clinic. The two doctors left Seychelles on Sunday.

Freemasonry is open to men only and according to the immediate past master Mr Tirant it is a fraternal and charitable society that upholds and promotes basic principles like respect for the family, laws of a country and God, good citizenship and good conduct.

Mr Tirant said that freemasonry is not a secret organisation but lodge meetings like those of many other groups are private and is open for members only.

Mr Tirant said the society would continue to assist the Ministry of Health to implement certain projects or to provide relief for other charitable causes as much as it could.

"Extending a hand to those in need is one of the fundamental principles of freemasonry," he said.

The District Grand Lodge of East Africa consists of 50 lodges from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Seychelles. Freemasonry has an estimated membership of over seven million in more than 114 Grand Lodges throughout the world.

At last Saturday's Banquet. Mr Pool is  first left facing camera


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