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World DRC: The CENCO worries for national cohesion and denounces corrupt justice

06:40  22 june  2021
06:40  22 june  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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after the criticisms of President Felix Tshisekedi against the judiciary, places to the Catholic bishops on an even firmer tone. Gathered within the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO), they denounced in a message published Monday in Kinshasa, at the end of their general assembly the evils of Congolese justice, tarnished, according to the bishops, by antivalents who threaten, According to them, national cohesion.

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The bishops first raised a contrast in their message unveiled as custom, by the abbot Donatien Nshole, Secretary General of the CENCO. Currency reserves have dubbed the Central Bank, officially passing $ 500 million to $ 1.2 billion, but the majority of the population continues to deal with extreme poverty.

"Curiously, next to her, there is still and always a handful of compatriots that enriches scandalously and no cause. This situation also has a negative impact on national cohesion insofar as it further breaks the gap between the rich and the poor.

This cohesion is also threatened by poorly rendered justice, affirm the Catholic prelates on a firm tone. "Justice is gangzed by corruption and instrumentalized by politics. For many of our compatriots, the judiciary is perceived as a carbon officin, a settlement and bonding space for injustices. Corruption, alas, seems to be the main way to win a trial. "

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"The law gives way to clientelism, regionalism, tribalism and nepotism. National cohesion is thus evil, especially when justice is exploited to remove political competitors. " A severe indictment, to which is added a remonstrance when the bishops fulminate against the deputies and senators called not to "abuse parliamentary immunities to escape justice".

The prelates regretted that despite the political changes greeted, the political institutions still weigh heavily on the finances of the State, with a lifestyle that also feeds social inequalities.

The bishops also worried about the climate before the elections for which they also called on the Congolese to remain "vigilant" so that they are well in 2023. According to the bishops, the politicization of the National Independent Electoral Commission ( Ceni), with the predominance of the new majority in power, "does not reassure all political and social actors, and does not guarantee a credible electoral process."

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