Clergy warned against accepting gifts from corrupt officials
Posted Monday, September 30 2013 at 01:00
An MP says religious leaders are supposed to take the lead in fighting corruption.
The Soroti Woman MP has urged religious leaders to shun gifts from public officials implicated in corruption, saying if they accepted them, it meant they were partakers of the sin. Speaking to student members of Integrity Clubs in Soroti District at the weekend, Ms Angelina Osege said the clergy are supposed to take lead in fighting graft, but had not done much on their part because of financial and material allurement from corrupt officials.
“I was disturbed recently when one of the churches in Soroti announced that it had been given a donation of Shs200 million by one of the officials implicated in the financial scandal in the Office of the Prime Minister. But where is that money coming from?” Ms Osege asked.
“Resisting the temptation to get money is hard, but for church leaders to offer such corrupt people front seats in prayer places because they want the money, is sharing in the curse of corruption,” she added. A senior clergy at the Anglican Kumi Diocese, the Rev Michael Esakan Okwii, said the worst enemy to development was moral decadence. “We have failed our country. Moral decadence is accompanied by loss of values and corruption has permeated deep into the society,” Rev Okwii said.
Ms Osege also blamed the government for allocating a lot of money to patriotic clubs that are not informing the youth about the dangers of corruption.
Mr Peter Eceru, the programme manager of Teso Anti-Corruption Coalition, a civil society, said they had rolled out a youth campaign in the region since 2011 to increase awareness about the dangers of corruption. “It had been found out that 30 per cent of youths are not interested in knowing pertinent issues affecting their communities,” he said.