AA / Kinshasa / Pascal Mulegwa
The validation, on Saturday, of Denis Kadima as president of the independent national electoral commission (Ceni) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo without consensus between religious confessions angered the Catholic Church, the opposition and a fringe within the ruling coalition, the sacred union of President Félix Tshisekedi.
“It’s a dramatic turn of events. This is the very first time that the challenge of a candidate president of the Ceni has reached the proportions of the case of Denis Kadima. These are signs that never fail. We want peaceful, credible elections and we are convinced that with Kadima, we will not obtain them ”, declared the Anadolu Agency Father Donatien N’shole, spokesman for the Congolese episcopal.
Two of the eight religious denominations responsible for appointing the president of the Ceni did not approve this choice deemed close to President Félix Tshisekedi.
The deputies of the camp of the former president Joseph Kabila, today in the opposition, denounced a “passage in force against the bottom of a dictatorial drift”, explained to the Anadolu Agency, Félix Kabange Numbi, member of the leading committee of the common front for the Congo (FCC) of Joseph Kabila.
“We have been opposed for months to the law reforming the Ceni. It is a law that corporalised this structure. We say no! (…) We invite the Congolese people to take charge, because if it is in this climate that the 2023 elections will take place, we can put an end to them. We call for a broad national consensus. ”Said Kabange Numbi.
The loyal deputies of the former governor Moise Katumbi, well members of the ruling coalition, denounce the appointment of one of theirs to the post of deputy rapporteur of the Ceni, without the agreement of the authorities of their party.
Remember, in the end, that to be invested, the members of the Ceni must be ratified by an ordinance of President Félix Tshisekedi.
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