Kinshasa, 08 December, 2023 / 6:00 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest ministering in the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned the electorate against seeking to enrich themselves by accepting gifts from politicians during the electioneering period.
Speaking to Radio Moto on Friday, December 8, Fr. Claude Mbokani, a jurist and researcher in criminology also cautioned politicians against embarking on a donation spree during political campaigns to lure the electorate into voting for them.
“The population must know that political campaigns are not a time for enriching the population,” Fr. Mokani said.
He added, “It's also not a time for handing out donations. We're not in a period where we'd see humanitarians handing out food, non-food items or money to people, and saying that this is the basis on which we're going to vote someone in.”
“Votes shouldn't be bought in exchange for money,” the Congolese Catholic Priest said.