AFRICA/CONGO - The body of a priest kidnapped at the end of June has been found

Friday, 5 July 2019

Brazzaville (Agenzia Fides) – “Investigations are underway to better understand the circumstances of the death of Fr. Paul. For this reason we prefer not to issue statements at the moment”, say sources of the diocese of Ouesso, in the north of the Republic of Congo, to Agenzia Fides, after the discovery of the body of Paul Mbon, a Catholic priest who served in the parish of Sembé.
According to press reports, the priest was kidnapped by s strangers while he was taking a walk with a priest friend on the night between 28 and 29 June, in Ouesso where he had gone for an ordination.
The body of Fr. Mbon in a state of decomposition with wounds, was rescued in the Sangha waters. His burial took place on 4 July in Ouesso.
For several years, Fr. Mbon served in the diocese of Ouesso and was recently assigned to the parish of Sembé in the department of Sangha.
While the security services and local authorities have not yet confirmed the hypothesis of an assassination, investigations are underway and a first suspect has been arrested. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 5/7/2019)