Kinshasa, 17 September, 2020 / 7:10 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are urging Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators to prioritize the interests of the Congolese people during their September sessions that kicked off Tuesday, September 15 in the country’s capital, Kinshasa.
The sessions are considered crucial because the legislators will be seeking to resolve the the stalemate around electoral reforms, the appointment of the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) Chair, and the draft finance bill for 2021, among other issues of national importance.
“The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) reminds the Honorable parliamentarians and Senators of the Democratic Republic of Congo of their duty to vote laws that give priority to the interest of the Congolese people,” the Bishops say in their collective statement issued Thursday, September 17 and shared with ACI Africa.
In the statement, the members of CENCO urge the country’s legislators to take keen note of “the deep aspirations of the people for democratic change and not vote for laws that do not meet the good of the Congolese people.”
“Put yourselves truly at the service of the people who have opted for change; usefully managing time to vote laws that promote democracy rather than partisan interests,” the Bishops say in their collective statement signed by CENCO's Secretary-General, Fr. Donatien Nshole.