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January 3 2009 | UGANDA

Uganda

Bishop Rukirande calls for death penalty against corruption

 
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The New Vision

Bishop calls for death penalty

By Bwogi Buyera

THE former bishop of Kigezi Diocese, the Rev. William Rukirande, has called for the death penalty for civil servants and politicians who embezzle public funds and abuse their offices.

Rikirande said the weak laws, which contributed to corruption in government institutions, should be revised.

He cited the Global Fund saga, saying no suspect had been punished to deter others from similar offences.

Rikirande also criticised the rampant theft of drugs in public health centres, saying many patients had lost their lives because of this.

“Many people convicted of corruption are given weak sentences, which encourage others to commit the same offenses,” he said.

Rikirande was preaching to hundreds of Christians who turned up at the end-of-year service at the All Saints Church in Kabale town on Thursday.

He said district officials embezzle funds by awarding contracts to friends and relatives, who later carry out shoddy work.

The Government loses billion of shillings through such actions, he said.

“In the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit, I hereby curse corrupt officials and thieves including the one who stole my beloved Friesian cow from the farm,” Rukirande said.

The Service was led by the Vicar of the Church, the Rev. Amos Tweteise, who asked Christians to share with the needy for God to continue blessing them.

At Christ the King Church Kabale, Monsignor Narisezio Gumisiriza called upon Catholics to abandoning their reckless lifestyles.

He asked the Christians in the district to embark on income generating projects to fight poverty.

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