Bishop Appeals for Prayer for Congo

Anglican Bishop of Goma, Right Rev Desire Mukanirwa has appealed for prayers for his country. 

In a recent email to Anglican Aid, Bishop Desire appealed for prayers for:

1. Pray for peace, stability and security of the DRC and the new leadership 

2. Pray for Ebola virus outbreak in our region.

3. Pray  for the mission in the Anglican church of Congo.

DRC has had its first election of a new president and transition of a new president in its democratic history.

The election however has not been straightforward and many protests have occurred since the announcement. The results surprised the Catholic Church. The figures certainly surprised the powerful Catholic Church, which - according to the Reuters news agency - told diplomats shortly after the election that Mr Fayulu was the clear victor. According to the BBC  numerous sources say presidential challenger Martin Fayulu won a landslide victory and has been denied office by a backroom deal between former president Mr Kabila and Mr Tshisekedi. The influential Catholic Church, which deployed election observers on voting day, said the official data did not match its own numbers. Around 40% of DR Congo's population is Roman Catholic and the church has a wide network of schools and hospitals. It is seen by many Congolese as a moral voice in a country where politics has so often been tarnished by corruption. It provided monitors across the country to observe the election process.

The new president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, was sworn into office on 24 January 2019.

He told supporters at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Kinshasa he wanted to build a “reconciled Congo”.

He is taking over from Joseph Kabila in the first peaceful transfer of power in the country in nearly 60 years, though many still dispute his victory in last month's presidential election.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta was the only African head of state, out of 17 invited, to watch the ceremony.

According to the BBC  numerous sources say presidential challenger Martin Fayulu won a landslide victory and has been denied office by a backroom deal between former president Mr Kabila and Mr Tshisekedi. The influential Catholic Church, which deployed election observers on voting day, said the official data did not match its own numbers.

Mr Fayulu's appeal to the Constitutional Court for a vote re-count was rejected, and critics say the body is too close to outgoing President Kabila and lacks independence.

A pictorial history of the DRC which has not seen peace since being colonised by the Belians in the late 1800s can be viewed here 

Related project: Community Leadership in the DRC (Congo)