Jim McGovern Calls for Assurance over Priest Kidnap

22 August 2013

Jim McGovern MP for Dundee West today asked the Congolese Government for assurances that all was being done to find Father Jean-Pierre Ndulani and his captors.

Father Ndulani had served as the Priest at Welburn Home in Lochee which is run by the Little Sisters of the Poor for six years before returning to his home in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jim McGovern said: “It was a great honour to be able to assist Father Ndulani back in 2006 in order to resolve bureaucratic problems with his initial visa that eventually allowed him to stay in Dundee.

Mr McGovern continued:

“Many in Dundee were deeply hurt by news of his initial kidnap and moved to disbelief that even after a significant ransom had been paid he had still not been released.

"On the occasions that I met Father Ndulani I was always struck by his good grace, uncompromising faith and the real connection that he had built up with the Little Sisters of the Poor, residents in the Wellburn Home and the wider Dundee community."

 Mr McGovern concluded: “I have also written to the Foreign Secretary William Hague so that the Government is aware of the case and have asked that we do everything within our power to ensure that Father Ndulani is released.”


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