Kinshasa, 30 March, 2020 / 6:57 am (ACI Africa).
The decision to postpone a three-week lockdown of Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which had been announced as one of the raft of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, has been criticized by the country’s senior Prelate who has faulted the government for taking chances with the lives of Congolese people in the face of the virus that has claimed the lives of at least 31,000 globally.
“Faced with the serious dangers posed to our country by the coronavirus, the President of the Republic had taken preventive measures. In application of these measures, the governor of the city province of Kinshasa had decided on an intermittent lockdown which should come into force today,” Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo acknowledged at a press conference in Kinshasa Saturday, March 28.
He however regretted the March 27 decision to postpone the lockdown saying, “Yesterday evening, we learned that these measures have been postponed. This leaves the people, who had prepared for it in total uncertainty.”
The Congolese Cardinal explained his regrets, “This postponement gives the impression that the government is groping its way through such a delicate matter as the public health of our people in the context of serious epidemics.”
He termed the situation of coronavirus as “simply unbearable” and cautioned DRC authorities behind the postponement of the lockdown, “Let us not toy with the lives of our people, because all life is sacred.”