Kinshasa, 19 July, 2023 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of the Catholic Diocese of Butembo-Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has cautioned political candidates in the December 20 general elections against self-seeking agenda.
In his July 16 homily at Holy Spirit Parish Oïcha of Butembo-Beni Diocese, Bishop Paluku said, “Let's not look at politics as a company that is looking for employees, who will go there just for their interests.”
The Congolese Catholic Bishop added, “Rather, true politics is for those who have demonstrated that they can do better.”
“If someone feels they can represent us better, that's fine. But he can start step by step,” Bishop Paluku further said, adding, “Let's not rush into it. If you become a mayor and a good leader, tomorrow everyone can say that you can be a provincial or national parliamentarian.”
On December 20, eligible voters in DRC are to participate in the election of the country’s President, 500 members of the National Assembly, members of the 26 Provincial Assemblies, and, for the first time under the new constitution, members of some 300 Municipal Councils.