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Orombi rallies church, govt against corruption

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th November 2008 03:00 AM

THE Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, has urged government to work with all stakeholders to curb the high rate of corruption in the country.

By Wilfred Sanya

THE Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, has urged government to work with all stakeholders to curb the high rate of corruption in the country.

“We are faced with corruption and lack of ethics, which is threatening the delivery of social services to the community. As religious leaders and institutions, we face the challenge of mobilising citizens and other stakeholders to speak out against corruption,” Orombi said

He was speaking on behalf of the members of the Inter-religious Council (IRCU) at a meeting with the new head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), David Eckerson, in Kampala last week.

The meeting was attended by the Archbishop of Kampala Diocese, Cyprian Lwanga, the Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga of the Uganda Orthodox Church and USAID’s new head of HIV/AIDS, Aleathea Musa.

IRCU is one of the agencies that benefit from the US Presidential Emergency Fund for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) support to religious institutions engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention. The programme is being implemented in 32 districts and sub-grants to 76 faith-based implementing partners.

Orombi also highlighted the plight of the people of northern Uganda, who are just emerging from the effects of two decades of conflict.

“People of northern Uganda have experienced armed conflict that has left them without access to basic life. As religious leaders, we are confronted with the challenge of implementing the National Peace Recovery and Development Plan put in place by government and development partners,” said Orombi.

Eckerson urged Uganda’s education ministry to emphasise vocational training.

Orombi rallies church, govt against corruption

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