DRC Crisis: the thirst for money, power and vain glory

A reflection on Emmanuel Macron & João Lourenço press conference after meeting at L’Elysée

Angolan President João Lourenço and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on May 28, 2018 in Paris. © Philippe Wojazer / AP / SIPA

While addressing the press conference, on May 28, 2018, in Paris, the Angolan President Lourenço, in the company of his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, said: “The St Sylvester Accord had received the blessing of the Church, and everything that is blessed must be respected. We advise Joseph Kabila to follow this path, but an advice is not an obligation.” [1]

A man who does not respect what God has blessed has no regard for His Will. More often, our ability to listen to the voice of God is inhibited by our attachment to the materialistic world. If we listen to the voice of God who lives in us, we will understand His Will and the will of the People. Moreover, the Bible teaches us the following about those who are attached to earthly things, and have no understanding (an excerpt from Psalm 49).

“For all can see that the wise die, that the foolish and the senseless also perish, leaving their wealth to others.
Their tombs will remain their houses forever, their dwellings for endless generations, though they had named lands after themselves.

People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish.This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings.

They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd; (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions.

But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself.

Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.

Though while they live they count themselves blessed – and people praise you when you prosper – they will join those who have gone before them, who will never again see the light of life.

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish.”

Like father, like son … The father could not draw lessons from his predecessor, Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, nor did the son, Joseph Kabila, learn from the tragic end of his father, Laurent-Désiré Kabila.

For the attainment of common good, all Congolese should draw inspiration from this Psalm, as we work towards breaking the cycle of self-centered attitude, so that we can prevent another Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, another Laurent-Désiré Kabila and another Joseph Kabila at the helm of the country.

There is a given time for everything and a time for every happening under heaven.


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[1] Crise en RDC: Macron et Lourenço répondent à Kinshasa et clarifient leur position, http://www.jeuneafrique.com/563119/politique/crise-en-rdc-macron-et-lourenco-repondent-a-kinshasa-et-clarifient-leur-position/

Dominic Kitambala Luwi

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