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DRC Catholic Bishops calls on SADC to help curb the current political tension

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President Edgar Lungu confers with Vice Chair of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Fridolin Ambongo shortly meeting the President at State House

A delegation from the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have called on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to help with the current political tension in that country.

The Catholic Bishops, led by Archbishop Fridolin Besungu, noted that the political tension in the DRC is worrying adding that, the situation has raised fear among the general citizenry in that country, including the Church.

The Bishops said this when they called on President Lungu at State House this morning.

Archbishop Besungu who is also the Vice Chairperson for the Conference of Catholic Bishops in the DRC, appealed to President Lungu to find ways of helping out with the problem in the DRC.

He revealed that it is the desire of the church in that country to ensure that the country conducts free and fair elections, and that peace is restored.

He added that, a committee in charge of setting elections has already been formed, noting that the date for the forth-coming election has already been set.

Archbishop Besungu however, revealed that though the elections have been set, the growing political tension in the DRC is sending mixed signals among its people.

And President Edgar Lungu has assured the Catholic Bishops that he will use his position as Chairman of the SADC Troika on Politics, Peace and Security, to try and help restore peace in the DRC.

President Lungu noted that the two peoples have shared good standing relations, adding that, it is disheartening to hear and read of the political tension in that country.

The Head of State further assured the Bishops that he will work with SADC members and ensure that the electoral process in that country is carried out free and fair.

President Lungu further noted that, he understands that the electoral process in the DRC is not an inclusive process and feared that, should the tension continue, Zambia will witness an influx of more refugees seeking asylum in the country.

President Lungu also noted with concern that the electoral process in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) is not inclusive as it should be.

President Lungu has expressed fear that the outcome of DRC’s election may be undermined following the exclusion of Jean-Pierre Bemba, Moise Katumbi and three other former Prime Ministers.

Presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are slated for December 23rd, 2018.

Vice Chair of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Fridolin Ambongo flanked by Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Donatien Nshole confers with President Edgar Lungu at State House
President Edgar Lungu shake hands with Vice Chair of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Fridolin Ambongo shortly meeting the President at State House
President Edgar Lungu shake hands with Vice Chair of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Fridolin Ambongo whilst Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Donatien Nshole shortly meeting the President at State House
President Edgar Lungu welcomes Vice Chair of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Fridolin Ambongo and Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Donatien Nshole at State House
President Edgar Lungu, Vice Chair of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Fridolin Ambongo (third from left) Secretary General of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Democratic Republic of Congo Bishop Donatien Nshole (third from right) Minister of Defence Davies Chama (l) Minister of Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili (2nl) Minister of foriegn Affairs Joseph Malanji (2nr) and Zambian ambassador to Democratic Republic of Congo Friday Nyambe pose for the Photo at State House

10 COMMENTS

  1. Jay Jay
    Really laughable this utterly lazy bum Edgar has failed to take the lead in simple basic dialogue in Zambia with opposition ..he is the one calling on the talkshop SADC to curb Political tensions in DRC.
    • Sharon
      Did they talk to Kabila to allow Katumbi to contest first before they came to Zambia? They should talk to HH as well. Just a little bit. He may need them too! He is kicking a lot of horses with last kicks of a .. . these days.
  2. Ububomba Mwibala
    We seriously need someone to break down what we have seen since Mukwita's useless book on Lungu.Let that person also describe his thoughts on attention seeking Ambassador Mukwita.I can assure Mukwita will never read or buy the book.Look at our president.First Kabila comes and his message is that leave Kabila to sort out DRC problems,we all were in shock,what he is saying now is what run through our minds,i was like what about the refugee crisis?Next Katumbi comes the same person even provides state security to escort him to Congo against what the Kabila government openly wanted.Now it is the Bishops...while.Does the PF have a foreign policy?And look at the foreign affairs minister,just looking at him one does not get inspired....
  3. Spaka
    Those bishops should know lungu is just a corrupt thug with no clues about foreign policy ......his direction is to the highest bidder
  4. Spaka
    Those bishops should know lungu is just a corrupt thug with no clues about foreign policy ……his direction in foreign policy is to the highest bidder....
  5. Razor
    They have come to the wrong person. They should have asked their counterparts in zambia for advice before even wasting their time coming here.

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