Church-backed petition has 1 million-plus names seeking elections in Congo
OXFORD, England — Catholic leaders in Congo have gathered more than 1.5 million signatures on a petition that demands local elections to curb corruption and strengthen democracy.
“Democracy must have roots right down to (the) local level, and people must be allowed to designate who governs them,” said Msgr. Andre Massinganda, deputy secretary-general of the Congolese bishops’ conference.
“The Catholic Church stands ready to help obtain what’s demanded for the good of the Congolese people — it won’t ever shirk its true mission,” he said.
In an Aug. 14 Catholic News Service interview, Msgr. Massinganda said the petition, launched in May with the