Die katholischen Bischöfe rufen die Kongolesen angesichts massiver Wahlfälschungen zum zivilen Ungehorsam und zu gewaltfreien Demonstrationen auf: Die katholische Kirche stellte in dem sehr katholischen, rohstoffreichen Land, das so groß wie ganz Westeuropa ist, die meisten Wahlbeobachter. Wie die ausländischen Kontrolleure stellten sie massive Fälschungen fest. Trotzdem wurde Kabila zum Wahlsieger erklärt. Die Bischöfe verlangen, dass die Wahlergebnisse nicht anerkannt und korrigiert werden! Man könne keine Demokratie und keine Nation mit Lügen, Heimtücke, Militärterror und der Verletzung von Meinungsfreiheit aufbauen! In Kongo spielt die katholische Kirche seit Jahren eine starke Rolle im Kampf zur Überwindung der Diktatur, die seit Jahrzehnten von den Westmächten im Interesse ihrer Rohstoffkonzerne gestützt wird.
Catholic bishops condemn DR Congo presidential poll
Catholic bishops in the Democratic Republic of Congo have denounced elections in November which re-elected President Joseph Kabila.
A statement from 35 bishops complains of „treachery, lies and terror“ and calls on the election commission to correct „serious errors“.
Last week, the archbishop of Kinshasa called for a campaign of disobedience and for the results to be annulled.
The poll was heavily criticised by foreign observers and the opposition.
International observers said the elections – in which more than 18,000 candidates contested 500 parliamentary seats – suffered from widespread irregularities.
Full parliamentary results had been due on Friday but have been postponed until next week.
However, despite the allegations, incumbent Joseph Kabila was declared the winner by the Supreme Court and inaugurated in December.
Opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi rejected Mr Kabila’s victory and held his own swearing-in ceremony.
The Catholic Church – which holds considerable influence in the overwhelmingly Christian nation – had the largest network of independent observers during the election.
DR Congo polls in numbers
- More than 30 million voters
- More than 18,000 parliamentary candidates
- 500 parliamentary seats
- MPs paid $6,000 (£3,887) a month
- The Kinshasa ballot was a 56-page booklet of more than 1,500 candidates
- 11 presidential candidates
- 4,000 tonnes of ballot papers
- 61 helicopters and 20 planes delivered the election material
„The electoral commission [must] have the courage to correct [these] serious errors or resign,“ the Catholic bishops council said in a statement read out at a special service in the capital’s largest cathedral.
„We cannot build a state in a culture of treachery, lies and terror, of militarisation and the flagrant violation of the freedom of expression,“ added the statement, read out by secretary-general Abbot Leonard Santedi.
„The testimonies we collected from various dioceses and other sources point to an often chaotic electoral process.“
The bishops also spoke of „a climate of fear maintained in order to facilitate ballot-stuffing“, AFP reports.
Last week, Archbishop of Kinshasa Laurent Monsengwo said the results were illegitimate and called for non-violent marches to be held.
Western observers denounced the presidential results as seriously flawed, but the electoral commission – backed by the African Union – hailed the polls a success.
The elections were the first Congolese-organised polls since the end of a devastating war in 2003 that left millions dead.
An earlier poll in 2006 was organised under the auspices of the United Nations.
Mr Kabila has been president since 2001 following the assassination of his father, Laurent.