"It is not the task of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) to meddle in the internal affairs of political platforms", said His Exc. Mgr. Fridolin Ambongo, Archbishop of Mbandaka-Bikoro and Vice President of CENCO, answering those who asked him if the Bishops considered intervening to mediate in the rift within the opposition coalition.
After the death of the historical opponent Etienne
Tshisekedi, the opposition coalition has named the son, Félix
Tshisekedi, as its president, and Pierre Lumbi president of the Council
of the Wise.
But a fringe of the coalition elected Joseph Olenghankoy as
president of the Council of the Wise.
The Bishops, who mediate between the majority and the opposition to
implement the agreement of December 31, have expressed concern that
recent developments are more dilatory maneuvers on behalf of politics to
delay the implementation, if not to kill it.
Meanwhile, the Bishops have urged the people "to be patient" waiting for
the resumption of talks for the implementation of the San Silvestro
agreement, whose central point is the formation of a national unity
government that will bring the Democratic Republic of Congo to the
presidential elections later this year.