Addis Ababa, 20 June, 2021 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Horn of Africa nation of Ethiopia have, in a collective statement days to the country’s general elections, outlined qualities of those to be elected to the House of People’s Representatives saying citizens desire leaders who are “upright.”
In their Friday, June 18 collective statement shared with ACI Africa, members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ethiopia (CBCE) say the people of God in Ethiopia who are expected to go to the polls on Monday, June 21 “desire an upright leader who will sustain our long-kept unity, solidarity and respect for one another.”
“The upright leader endeavors to ensure the prevalence of equality, justice, peace and governance in the community,” Catholic Bishops in Ethiopia further say, and add, “In order to get such a leader, we need to sow a good seed or upright moral in our children.”
Toward the upcoming general elections, the Catholic Church leaders “expect all contestants to be ready to implement the principle of the upright leader, in that they should work towards issues that enhance connectivity among citizens and restrain themselves from promoting dividing elements.”
“As a servant leader comes from the community and our children, we need to be steadfast in our prayers that the Creator may grant us a leader who observes equity, justice, good governance, and righteousness,” CBCE members say in their collective statement.