The Star (Nairobi)

Africa: PLO Slams Corruption Challenge in Africa

FORMER director of the defunct Kenya Anti Corruption Commission Patrick Lumumba has said corruption is a major challenge affecting African countries.

Lumumba said despite the funding the continent receives to finance projects like education, health and agriculture, most of it is misused by individuals. "We Africans are not ready to fight corruption from the bottom of our hearts. We give it a juicy taste since majority of us are greedy and ready to defend anyone found in such scandals based on tribalism," Lumumba said.

He was speaking during a faith-based organisation aid effectiveness engagement consultation meeting in Nairobi yesterday. He said most people condemn corruption not because they hate it but because they have no opportunity to be corrupt. "This is not only in Kenya but all African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan among others since it is evident that a lot of the funds have been mismanaged," he said.

He said corruption is a sin which must be given zero tolerance by every human being since its is affecting everyone in the country. "Majority of people are dying of hunger, cancer, polio, malaria and HIV AIDS because the taxpayers' money meant to take care of this has been directed to pockets of few individuals," Lumumba said. He urged church leaders to enhance their leadership skills in fighting corruption since they are the agents of change. "Let us not be tempted by the worldly desires but instead be ready to change the world and make it a better place to be," he said.

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