MP for Africa to raise Ken’s case

Ken Spooner
Ken Spooner

A SENIOR MP has given assurances he will raise the case of a city dad whose children were abducted to Zambia when he visits the African country.

Henry Bellingham, who is the Minister for Africa, promised to bring Ken Spooner’s story to the attention of the Zambian authorities when he next visited the country.

And he was given a early opportunity to do so when he flew out to see the new Zambian government this week.

Mr Bellingham will conclude a three day visit to the country today, during which he has been discussing trade links and the region’s security.

Mr Spooner’s children, Devlan and Caelan, were taken on a holiday by their mother Zanetta Nyendwa to Zambia in October 2008 – but never returned.

In a letter to Milton Keynes MP Mark Lancaster, Mr Bellingham wrote: ‘Following the election of the new Zambian government I hope to visit Zambia in the near future and can assure you that I will bring Mr Spooner’s case to the attention of the authorities if it remains unresolved in court.’

Despite having a Court Order making them Wards of the English Court, Mr Spooner has had to fight through the Zambian Courts for custody of the boys.

He has spent several thousand pounds trying to bring the children home to Great Linford and even had to fight to clear his own name after he was accused of attempting to re-abduct them.

In September the Zambian Supreme Court granted Mr Spooner custody of the children.

Mrs Justice Elita Mwikisa stated: ‘I find it is in the best interest of the children as British Citizens to be living in Britain where they will have an opportunity to be with their father.’

But a stay was put on the ruling pending an appeal by Miss Nyendwa.

The Citizen launched its ‘Justice for Ken’ campaign last year and earlier this year we submitted a petition to Westminster calling on the British Government to intervene in the case.

The Government’s stance is that it cannot be seen to interfere in the affairs of a sovereign state.

In his letter, Mr Bellingham added that he couldn’t guarantee that raising the case would make a difference.