AFRICA/DR CONGO - “Not only politicians but also civil society to blame for the chaos in Congo”

Monday, 10 April 2017 civil society   bishops  

Kinshasa (Agenzia Fides)-The responsibility of the political chaos into which the Democratic Republic of Congo has fallen belongs to the country’s politicians and to its civil society, Fides reads in a report sent from the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Bukavu, in the east of the country.
Recalling the chaos in 1997 that followed the fall of President Mobutu, the report affirms “it was pressure from the civil society which saved the Zaire of Mobutu and the Democratic Republic of Congo from the risk of a real implosion and dictatorial drift”.
This was because “at the time civil society was composed of persons able to counter-attack those political actors. They were able to give an order to the people and be certain it would be carried out”.
“Now we have the opposite” says Justice and Peace while lamenting the lack of credible leaders given that most of the latter have little experience in the field, no stature as leaders, who “ride the media acting as improvised political analysts proposing solutions as unpopular as themselves”.
This is because the social scene has been abandoned by the real protagonists who choose instead to share places of power among themselves, and have no interest at all for the good of the people.
“Without the organization of solid bases with actors committed to change and to the good of the people, we have chaos. Naturally our politicians take every liberty because they have no concern for anyone”
The present political apathy is such that now “no one is interested in politics or the management of public interests, just as public affairs are of no interest for our political leaders. We are all victims, perhaps, but we are all guilty. With regard to the future of the Congolese nation, we have all failed; some in their actions and others for their omissions. We all need to be healed in order to resolve the problem”. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 10/4/2017)