In the Congo, the Bishops Ask the Outgoing President for Appeasement

Source: FSSPX News

In power since 2001, Joseph Kabila’s second and last term theoretically ended on December 20, 2016. 

 

The Episcopal Conference has asked him in a message to respect the Constitution by publicly declaring that he will not present himself as candidate for a third term.

The political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo remains unstable. The presidential election should take place in 2018, according to the terms of the New Year's Eve Agreement. But the vote scheduled for December 23 will be postponed until 2019, according to CENI, the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In this context, the Catholic Church is once again appealing to the responsibility of the various political parties in the face of the crisis into which the country has been plunged.

In a message entitled “Let’s Go to the Elections Quickly” and read on November 26 by Fr. Donatien Nshole, spokesman for the CENCO, the episcopal conference of the Congo, the bishops say they are “deeply disturbed” by the atmosphere of “general mistrust” that is encouraging deadly violence in the country. They call for pacifist protests only.

In their message, the Episcopal Conference of the Congo also ask President Joseph Kabila to declare explicitly that he will not run for office in the next presidential election.