New Vision (Kampala)

30 November 2012

Uganda: Bahati Offers 10 Radical Solutions to Corruption

Civil Society Organizations have launched a one week campaign against graft - spearheaded by the Anti Corruption Coalition - Uganda. ( Resource: Civil Society in Uganda Launch One Week Campaign Against Graft

Kampala — The chairman of Uganda Bus Owners Association Pastor Fred Bahati has proposed 10 solutions to end corruption which include the need for churches and mosques to begin shunning corrupt people.

"The level of thieving in Uganda at present is beyond corruption but can be termed as terrorism, robbery, murder, kidnap, rebellion and devilish. We should improvise new measures which will cause the citizens to discriminate and make life hard for the corrupt," Bahati suggested.

In a press statement he released on Thursday, Bahati proposed 8 radical measures the nation should undertake to wipe out corruption.

He wants the religious leaders and believers to allow the corrupt in the places of worship only if they have turned up to repent and return what they have stolen as Zacchaeus the Tax Collector did in the Bible.

Bahati, who is also the pastor of the Nsambya based Light Temple Ministries International Church, wants religious leaders to come out boldly and curse the corrupt.

This regular panelist on the Vision Group's Urban TV also proposed the need to blacklist and hung the photos of the corrupt in the places of worship so people can shun them.

He wants the children of the corrupt to only be baptized after repentance and bringing what they have stolen.

"We should not also burry them or their family members because they don't respect God. Those who robbed the funds for the people of northern Uganda who were terrorized by Kony is worse than Kony," he further proposed.

Bahati wants the places of worship to also reject offertory, tithes and donations or any form of contribution from the corrupt.

He wants the religious leaders to call upon market vendors, supermarkets, petrol stations, banks, and other business people never to render any service to these people who steal funds meant to improve the welfare of ordinary Ugandans.

"Nobody should invite them on the weddings or even attend their functions. By isolating these dangerous thieves at that level it will be an indication to the young people that stealing is bad."

Bahati also wants the ethics minister Fr. Simon Lokodo to resign arguing he has failed on his duty of mobilizing the citizens to rise up against corruption and other evils in the country.

"The ministry of ethics and integrity requires a more pragmatic and energetic person who will lay strategies of bringing back morals and ethics into Ugandans through crusades, workshops, adverts, and conferences," Bahati argued.

He also wants MPs and all citizens to support John Ssimbwa's anti-corruption Bill which calls for harsh punishments for the corrupt including the confiscation of the property of the corrupt.

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