From the Church of Uganda to Government: Kill Corruption

Friday, August 29, 2008  

UGANDA CHURCHUnlike many churches in Africa that are solely concerned about the spiritual well being of their members, it does seem the Church of Uganda has gone a step beyond the sanctimonious  remit to include economic and social well being of Ugandans as part of crusade, particularly on a thorny subject of government corruption.

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda has weighed in on the numerous cases of corruption in the country. The church believes that current methods of handling corruption rather incentives people to be more corrupt. It is meaningless, they contend, to set up commissions of inquiry to investigate graft cases only for their recommendations to be ignored and the guilty left off the hook. 

 The Church also believes that the Ugandan government is not committed enough to the rule of law and respect for human rights. The Church’s view on governance in Uganda has historical antecedent sometimes with fatal consequences as was the case when some Catholic Priests were murdered by former Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin for voicing opposition to some of the dictator’s strong arm tactics.