Bukavu, 05 May, 2021 / 3:33 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Standing Committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) say that they are “all concerned” at the height of violence in Eastern parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where an Imam who is said to have spoken strongly against jihadism in the country has been murdered.
In their joint submission with the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Central Africa (ACEAC) to the country’s parliamentarians, the Catholic Bishops appeal to authorities to act to end violence in the Central African nation, especially in the Eastern region covered by the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Ecclesiastical Province of Bukavu.
The Catholic Church leaders make reference to the May 1 assassination of Sheikh Ali Amin, President of the Islamic community in the city of Beni in North Kivu Province in the Eastern part of DRC.
Information provided by local non-governmental organization Center for Studies for the Promotion of Peace, Democracy and Human Rights (CEPADHO) indicates that the Muslim leader was murdered on May 1 at a Mosque in Beni in the Municipality of Ruwenzori where he was leading the evening prayer.
In their statement shared with ACI Africa on Tuesday, May 4, the leadership of CENCO says that the target on the Muslim leader means that no one is safe in the country.