Butembo-Beni, 01 July, 2021 / 7:02 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried high levels of poverty in the Central African nation and blamed the people’s woes on individuals enriching themselves on the country’s vast natural resources.
In his address on the 61st anniversary of the independence of DRC that was celebrated Wednesday, June 30, Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku said that performance of most sectors in the country has been on the downward trajectory, adding that it is a shame that most people are poor in a country that is endowed with immense wealth.
“All sectors of national life are in trouble. From the economy to politics, security, development and social issues. Everything leads us to believe that instead of moving forward, we are going backwards,” Bishop Paluku said in his homily at Mother of the Church Cathedral of Butembo-Beni Diocese.
The Congolese Bishop observed with regret that a few members of DRC’s political class were perpetrating corruption in the country, thereby betraying those who fought for the independence of the nation.
“Our economy is extroverted, dependent on the whims of mining predators acting in complicity with a minority of politicians looking for a quick buck,” the Bishop said, and added, “The corrupt cooperation instituted in 1960 in order to buy the consciences of those who were to betray Lumumba (DRC’s independence leader), will continue for 60 years in the same philosophy.”