They say that the concern for justice that manifested itself during President Tshisekedi's 100 days in office "does not seem to continue in the same vein."
"It has faded and appears selective," the Bishops say, adding that the “fight against corruption cannot be successful if impunity persists. "
In the statement released after the February 22 to 25 meeting of CENCO’s Standing Committee, the Bishops highlight the February 22 ambush in Ituri, Eastern DRC, that left Italy’s Ambassador to the country – Luka Attanasio – his bodyguard and driver dead as proof of insecurity in the country.
As a way forward, CENCO members call on the people of God in DRC to "ensure that their fundamental rights are defended at all costs" and not act "as accomplices to the perpetrators of violence."
President Tshisekedi should ensure the formation of an effective government and take into consideration the ethical profile of members of his new government and the managers of public institutions, the Bishop reiterate.
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They also call on the Head of State to "take greater care to guarantee national cohesion and security" in the Central African nation.
The Bishops further call on the International Community to "support Congolese organizations in their fight for the respect of human rights through civic and electoral education of the population."
They also urge the International Community to help the country's institutions to "bring about reforms in favor of the Congolese population in order to prepare adequately for the 2023 elections.”
The Catholic Church leaders invite the people of God in DRC “not to fall into discouragement and fatalism in the face of the multiple challenges of our country, but to turn to the Lord who in times of tribulation comes to our aid.”
“May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Congo, intercede for us. May God take us in grace and bless our country,” CENCO members implore in their March 1 statement.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.