Kindu, 27 April, 2023 / 9:01 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have poked holes in the government’s plan to resettle ex-rebels belonging to the March 23 Movement (M23) who reportedly surrendered some of their strongholds in the Central African country.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa following their meeting, the members of the Clergy of Kindu Catholic Diocese in DRc express their dismay at the government’s decision to resettle the ex-rebels in the province of Maniema, which is served by the Congolese Diocese, noting that the move posed security threats to inhabitants of Maniema.
They describe the government’s decision as abrupt and vague and call on authorities in DRC to handle what has been described as “project cantonment of the ex-rebels of the M23” with utmost care.
“We learned of the plan to canton the ex-rebels of the M23 in certain sites in the province of Maniema, only a few kilometers from the city of Kindu, the capital of the province of Maniema. Such an abrupt, vague, and improvised program has been criticized by some Members of Parliament, Notables, Customary Chiefs, and Civil Society Organizations the day after this news,” the Catholic Priests say in the statement shared with ACI Africa on Wednesday, April 26 following their April 15-20 meeting.
The members of the Clergy of Kindu Diocese express the fear of seeing the execution of what they describe as “a project hiding an obscure reality.”