Diocese of Lodwar Bishop responds to nuns’ complaints

The Catholic Diocese of Lodwar, Bishop Dominic Kimengich has expressed concern over torture claims by two nuns from Kenya and their enslavement in Ecuador. The story first appeared in the Standard newspaper on March 17.

The Catholic Diocese of Lodwar is very much concerned by the sentiments of Sharon Ateyo and Felister Mutheu, that have provoked this article, Bishop Kimengich said in a press release.

He added that the diocese has been in dialogue with the family of Ateyo who hails from Turkana County since she went to Ecuador in 2016.

According to the Bishop, the two sisters on 6th and 8th March 2018, applied for final vows in the congregation, saying that they felt part of that family and renewing their commitment to this way of life.

On 17 February 2018, the general council of the congregation approved the request by both sisters to make their final vows in March 2019 and communicated the news to the two on February 25 and they accepted. However, we have learnt that a few days later, when the same mother general asked them to fill the visa application renewal to stay in Ecuador for a further two years, the two ladies refused and said they had been deceived with many delays and they decided to leave the congregation and go back home. The two added that their families called them back to Kenya, said the Bishop.

He added that the two ladies refused to sign documents to leave the congregation prompting the general council to buy them tickets to travel back to Kenya, and they arrived on March 12.

The diocese has now called for calm and restraint as more investigations to establish all facts that took place in Ecuador are conducted.

Source: Kenya News Agency