The Anglican Church has joined efforts to bring peace to troubled eastern Congo as regional leaders and armies seek solutions to the escalating conflict threatening the region’s stability.
Last week, has Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta , current leader of the East African Community (EAC), ordered a cessation of hostilities in Congo.
But on Tuesday, the M23 rebel group was still active, trying to wrest more territory from the Congo to enlist government troops.
Following this, the Anglican Archbishops Dr. Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu (Uganda), Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda (Rwanda) and Dr. Ande Georges Titre (DR Congo) in partnership with the Uganda Interfaith Council, which brings together all religious groups in the country, held a meeting on the ongoing crisis. Mugalu, Primate of Uganda and Chair of the Interfaith Group, in Uganda’s capital Kampala Council of Uganda – said the prelates had reso I have called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
“We reaffirm our commitment to peace, security and democracy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the East African Community as a whole and reaffirm the need to respect the fundamental principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and the founding act of the African Union,” he said.
The Church is deeply concerned by the situation in eastern DRC, as more than 60,000 people have been made homeless and schools have been destroyed, and tribal sentiments and xenophobic tendencies threaten to push the area into genocide, the archbishop added.
“We recognize the burdens and pressures that host countries and refugee communities are facing But we encourage them, in the spirit of being good neighbors, to provide a supportive environment for their brothers and sisters who are running for their lives,” said Dr. Mulagu Sport people suffering in the region.
They reiterated their support for the steps being taken to integrate the DRC into the East African bloc and resolve the endemic problems in their eastern region .
The meeting was also attended by Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje Mufti of Uganda and Co-Chairman of the African Council of Religious Leaders.
The religious leaders announced that they will be held under the auspices of by the East African Interreligious Council to discuss a framework for accompanying the region’s political leaders towards a lasting peace.