BANGUI OCTOBER 2, 2015(CISA) – The ongoing violence between Christians and Muslims groups in Central African Republic (CAR)’s capital, Bangui has intensified fears raising concerns for the General Elections and Pope Franci’s visit scheduled for October.
“The situation in Bangui is a matter of great concern. If stability is not re-established, that might affect a number of things, including the papal visit .We’re praying for reason, peace and understanding,” Catholic Herald quoted Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia, the vice president of the country’s bishops’ conference as saying.
The ongoing violence has further raised doubts on whether the elections scheduled on October 18 will take place.
International Crisis Group analyst Thibaud Lesueur said holding a vote under current conditions is unrealistic and would only add fuel to the fire with the risk of increasing tensions.
“If elections are organized now the risk is that armed groups not accepting the vote will try to disturb the election process so the population won’t be able to vote freely and in a safe environment,” said Lesueur.
The violence ignited in Bangui on September 26 after the body of a Muslim taxi driver was found outside a mosque.
An estimated 27,000 have been displaced in the latest round of violence. Churches continue to shelter some of the displaced.
During his first visit to Africa as Pontiff, Pope Francis is expected to tour Bangui in CAR, Nairobi in Kenya and Kampala in Uganda.