Kinshasa, 11 April, 2023 / 9:03 pm (ACI Africa).
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has noted with concern the increased circulation of firearms in the headquarters of his jurisdiction, a situation that he says spells doom for the region he shepherds.
With a population of 539,158 people, Kisangani is one of the most populous cities in the Northern provinces of DRC and has been relatively calm according to a message that Archbishop Marcel Utembi Tapa shared.
In the Sunday, April 9 message, the Archbishop Utembi notes with concern what he describes as “strange” happenings in Kisangani, including the coming in of unknown people, increased attacks on Church facilities, assassinations, as well as increased circulation of firearms in the city.
“For some time now, we have been witnessing a resurgence of uncivil acts in the city of Kisangani and its surroundings. All these acts plunge the whole city into a climate of indescribable and unjustified insecurity. The entire population lives in a psychosis created from scratch by people who are not otherwise identified,” Archbishop Utembi says.
He adds, “It is with bitterness and amazement that we note the… intense circulation of firearms in the city, armed attacks on households, houses of ecclesiastical formation, and persons at night, even in broad daylight.”