AFRICA/DR CONGO - "Disturbing situation that threatens to plunge the country into chaos", says the secretary of the Episcopal Conference

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 politics   bishops  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides) - "Blocking the electoral process creates a worrying situation which risks plunging the country into chaos", said Fr. Léonard Santedi, Secretary General of the National Episcopal Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO), while the country is going through a difficult phase for the block of national political dialogue in order to find a solution to the long delays in the organization of the presidential elections, whose date has not yet been established. This is in violation of constitutional rules under which elections should be held by December.
"The Country is facing a deteriorating socio-economic and security situation, particularly in areas like eastern DRC. At this important moment, we urge political leaders to take action to ensure that violence and bloodshed are averted", said Fr. Santedi. "It is imperative that we respect the constitution, particularly regarding the number and duration of mandates of the president of the Republic", he added.
The Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference also calls on "the international community to support the DRC in finding a lasting solution to the political situation, to back democratic electoral process, and support investigations into the recent massacres of communities in Beni and in the North Kivu region". (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 14/09/2016)