DRC: Hold National Dialogue to Ease Tensions, Bishop tell Politicians

KINSHASA AUGUST 05, 2016 (CISA) – Bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) have called on “all the politicians to gather around a table for sincere national dialogue, which has become the inevitable way to re launch the electoral process in accordance with the Constitution and to avoid chaos.”

“Given the urgency, we ask them to hold this dialogue within the month of August. Any postponement would only worsen tensions. The preconditions placed on one side or the other will find an answer in the context of the Preparatory Committee of dialogue,” the bishops said in a press release, reported Fides.

The bishops further said that it is essential to prioritize what contributes to democracy and peace, rather than worrying about seat of power or personal or party interests.

The date of the presidential elections has not been set yet and it seems that President Joseph Kabila, is now determined to stay in office even after the expiry date of his second term, on December 20.

Meanwhile his main opponent Etienne Tshisekedi, in a meeting on 31 July sent “a three-month eviction notice” starting from September 19, the date of the convening of the electorate, in view of the presidential elections.

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