1 December 2012

Uganda: 'Expel the Corrupt From Churches, Mosques'

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 )

The chairman of the Uganda Bus Owners Association, Pastor Fred Bahati, has proposed radical solutions to check graft, including expelling the corrupt from churches and mosques.

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

In a statement released, Bahati urged believers to allow the corrupt into places of worship only if they turn up to repent and return what they have stolen, as Zacchaeus the tax collector did in the Bible.

Bahati, a pastor at the Nsambya-based Light Temple Ministries International Church and a regular panelist on the Vision Group's Urban TV, also proposed hanging photos of the corrupt in the places of worship.

He wants the children of the corrupt to only be baptized after their parents repent and give back what was stolen. "We should not bury them or their family members, because they don't respect God. Those who stole funds meant for northern Uganda are worse than Kony," he stated.

Bahati wants places of worship to also reject offertory, tithe or donations of any form from the corrupt. He wants religious leaders to rally markets, supermarkets, petrol stations, banks and other businesses to dent services to those who steal funds meant to improve the welfare of ordinary Ugandans.

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