Kinshasa, 04 July, 2020 / 6:48 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, asked President Félix Tshisekedi not to accept the National Assembly’s “endorsement” of Ronsard Malonda as the head of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), terming the decision by the members of parliament “controversial.”
“The leadership of the Platform of Religious Confessions represented by the Catholic Church and the Church of Christ in Congo, learned with amazement the news of the endorsement by the National Assembly, in its session of Thursday, July 2, of the designation of Mr. Ronsard Malonda to the post of Chairman of the CENI,” the religious leaders have said in their statement issued Friday, July 3.
They add in reference to the nomination of Mr. Malonda, “We request your very high authority not to consider the controversial proposal for the appointment of the chairman of CENI endorsed by the National Assembly in its session of July 2,” they say.
“At this stage, no candidate for President of CENI has been nominated or elected and the process was suspended due to lack of consensus,” the religious leaders argue.
On Thursday, July 2, DRC’s lawmakers endorsed Ronsard Malonda as head of CENI, a decision that is being contested by opposition parties and religious leaders, according to reports.