Prime Minister's designation, allocation of ministries among the different parties of the coalition, the role of CENCO (Congolese National Episcopal Conference) in the transition period.
These are the
points still under discussion in order to implement the agreement of 31
December 2016, aimed at helping to overcome the political crisis in the
Democratic Republic of Congo for the failure of the presidential
elections which were to be held in December 2016.
"The main thing has been done. There remains only three points. And we
are hopeful that these three points will be taken into consideration
during the period of our trip to Europe. We will be back in a week",
said His Exc. Mgr. Fridolin Ambongo Besungu, Archbishop of
Mbandaka-Bikoro and Vice President of the Episcopal Conference, at the
time of boarding along with other Congolese Bishops to Europe for a
series of visits.
Mgr. Ambongo, who mediates on behalf of CENCO between majority and
opposition, criticized the politicians who in his opinion were blocking
the negotiations, saying that "with their bad faith" put "the Pastors
patience to the test", warning that if an agreement was not found by
January 28, the negotiations threatened to fall through.
With his latest statement Mgr. Ambongo is more confident
and gives political forces a further week to overcome their differences.
Meanwhile, the situation is aggravated by the insecurity in different
areas of the Country. In Kananga, capital of Central Kasai, six people
have died in clashes between security forces and followers of the
traditional late chief Kamuina Nsapu, killed in July 2016.
UN sources, since the date of his death to date at least 150 people have
died for the violence caused by his followers. This is why it is also
urgent that the DRC has a new government and stable and credible