no consensus within the religious platform on a name for the presidency of the Ceni



Denis Kadima, executive director of the Electoral Institute for a Sustainable Democracy in Africa, and candidate of the Kimbanguist Church, in Kinshasa, July 28, 2021.


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Denis Kadima, executive director of the Electoral Institute for a Sustainable Democracy in Africa, and candidate of the Kimbanguist Church, in Kinshasa, July 28, 2021.

In the DRC, we still do not know who will be the next president of the CENI. The leaders of the country’s religious denominations were to agree on a name to chair the Independent National Electoral Commission. A key position for the holding of free and transparent elections in the country. The eight leaders of religious denominations, gathered at the headquarters of the Episcopal Conference of Congo since the morning, separated in the early evening, without consensus.

The leaders of the Catholic and Protestant churches demanded a suspension of the meeting and additional information on certain candidates. The six other religious denominations left the headquarters of the episcopal conference in the early evening to meet at the headquarters of the electoral integrity and mediation commission (CIME). These are the Revival Church, the Orthodox, Muslims, Kimbanguists, the Salvation Army, independent churches.

Finally, after a few more hours, these officials came out. And that’s the patron of the Revival Church speaking out for everyone else. Dodo Kamba Balanganayi refused to give the name of their candidate to the Ceni, but he assured that a report was drawn up and would be sent to the National Assembly on Wednesday, in accordance with the schedule.

Disagreement

He refused to speak of conflict with the Catholic and Protestant churches. ” We are together ”, He assured while insisting on the fact that the charter which governs religious denominations has been respected. On the side of the Catholic and Protestant churches, we are far from sharing this opinion. One of the leaders of these churches assured this evening that a report drawn up under these conditions could not engage the platform of religious denominations.

Officially, no name, but in the entourage of six religious denominations, it is assured that the future president of the CENI is called Denis Kadima. The candidate to which the Cenco and the ECC were opposed, believing that he was too close to President Félix Tshisekedi.

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