Bangui, 21 December, 2020 / 4:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Ahead of general elections slated to take place Sunday, December 27, Bishops in the Central African Republic (CAR) have, in a collective statement, cautioned against political alliances comprising armed groups.
In their Saturday, December 19 statement shared with ACI Africa, the members of the Central African Episcopal Conference (CECA) urge the government to prioritize “dialogue and national consensus in strict compliance with the constitutional order.”
“We, the Bishops of the Central African Republic, condemn any politico-military alliances aimed at destabilizing the democratic system, paralyzing socio-political and economic life and damaging the peace and well-being of the Central African people,” CECA members say.
The Bishops “vehemently denounce” what they describe as “game of interests,” which, the say, aims “at protecting and increasing the geostrategic and economic interests of the great powers to the detriment of the Central African people.”
“The Church values the democratic system, as a system that ensures the participation of citizens in political choices and guarantees the governed the possibility of choosing and controlling their rulers, or replacing them peacefully when appropriate,” CECA members say.