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Integrity can rid us of corruption

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By Samuel A. Bakutana

Posted  Sunday, December 15   2013 at  02:00

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Today, children die of immunisable diseases because someone swindled money for immunisation. Students fail to sit for exams because the head teacher ran away with money for registration. Buildings collapse because engineers stole cement for personal benefit.

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Recently, a British friend of mine sent me an email saying: “We debated issues concerning bribery and corruption here at our college. I’m glad to have learnt a little about this area from my time with you in Uganda. You taught me some excellent foundations which I am building on gradually.”

I challenged him to thank God for learning about bribery and corruption from another country, not his own. The level at which these evils have enveloped my motherland pains me sharply. Perpetuated mostly by leaders themselves, it has eaten up society to the core.

Today, children die of immunisable diseases because someone swindled money for immunisation. Students fail to sit for exams because the head teacher ran away with money for registration. Buildings collapse because engineers stole cement for personal benefit.

Grave-like holes sit on our roads because a leader took away some money for a layer of the road. The guilty are set free after giving something to those in charge of justice (or in charge of injustice). Definitely, there’s much good to be thankful for about in our country because we’ve come from far.

However, corruption is eating it up. I thus propose to every development-loving Ugandan to embrace integrity. Every citizen should do what’s right whether in public or private, irrespective of personal cost involved, even when it’s beneficial to compromise, and regardless of what others are doing! The heart of the matter being the matter of the heart, filthy hearts cannot hate corruption.

Integrity is a heart issue. We can have charisma and anointing but without character, we’re mere entertainers. For God and My Country!

Samuel A. Bakutana,
Delta Communities Uganda.