Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have supported the holding of national dialogue to resolve the political crisis threatening the country’s electoral process.
The religious and traditional leaders made the announcement on Monday after having met with DR Congo President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa.
“Congolese political actors should respect the country’s laws and prevent electoral tensions,” the head of Kimbanguist church, Simon Kimbangu Kiangani said.
Bishop Leonard Santendi, the spokesman for the Congo National Episcopal Conference, affirmed that the church “will continue giving its vision, its doctrine and that which is important now.”
“At the moment, we have indicated in our documents that dialogue is a royal way, a peaceful means of getting out of the current crisis. But we must first define its objectives and think of its contents,” Santendi said, adding that “for Catholic bishops, it is not only important to have consensus on the entire electoral timetable, but also on the creation of a climate of confidence and peace for the success of the electoral process.”
The representative of the Salvation Army church Madeleine Ngwanga urged all Congolese people to come together to dialogue and find solutions to the problems bedevilling the country.
According to Imam Ali Mwinyi, the representative of Congolese islamic community, “it is time for the Congolese people to find solutions through dialogue that will take place soon.”
He promised that the country’s islamic community will give its position soon regarding the prevailing political crisis.
The representative of the Church of Christ in Congo Marini Bodho deplored the inconsistence of some Congolese politicians who, according to him, “had accepted to dialogue with Kabila but a few days to the start of dialogue, they refused to meet with the president.”
Congolese opposition parties, the ruling coalition and civil society groups are set to meet to discuss about the electoral process and the establishment of new provinces, at a time when the country has not yet mobilized enough resources to organize a series of elections. Enditem