Kinshasa, 19 October, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling on President Félix Tshisekedi to reject the candidate that members of the National Assembly have endorsed to head the country’s Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI).
On October 16, DRC’s lawmakers endorsed Denis Kadima to oversee CENI, a decision that is being contested by the Catholic Church and opposition parties, according to reports.
Speaking to journalists October 16, the Secretary general of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) said that Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation are calling on the President to “assume his responsibilities for the future of the DRC.”
“The Catholic Church calls on the Head of State to be wise, as was the case with Ronsard Malonda in 2020,” Fr. Donatien Nshole said.
In 2020, religious leaders in the DRC asked President Tshisekedi not to accept the National Assembly’s “endorsement” of Ronsard Malonda as the head of CENI, terming the decision by the members of parliament “controversial.”