This is the debate around a possible candidacy of Cardinal Monsengwo for the future presidential election.
Some groups of many Congolese citizens began a process towards the cardinal to be their candidate for the next presidential election. According to former minister Odette Babandoa, “the prelate corresponds to the image of a man of integrity, good manager to run the country.”
The Archbishop of Kinshasa says he is not a candidate. So disappointment among those who asked him to get into the presidential race as reported by RFI.
Joined by telephone, Cardinal Monsengwo Laurent Pasinya did not go there four ways. “I have never applied for the presidency of the Republic. I have something else to do, “he said. For the Archbishop of Kinshasa, the answer has already been given by the Lay Coordinating Committee.
In a statement, the animators of this structure of the Catholic Church had indeed assured that “Cardinal Monsengwo is not a candidate for the presidency of the Republic, nor the post of administrator of a possible transition”.
But the entourage of the former president of the National Sovereign Conference and High Council of the Republic-Transitional Parliament during the 1990s fears that the initiative can be recovered by malicious people to tarnish the image of the interested. Cardinal Monsengwo Laurent Pasinya and the Catholic Church are already targeted by some media in Kinshasa.