Our tolerance levels are amazing

2015-10-01 14:53

In a video that was recently distributed on the internet, a Kenyan delivered a speech in Uganda about corruption. His name is unfortunately not mentioned in the video but he was the Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit in his country until the Kenyan government closed the office. The event was a special day organised by the government of Uganda to launch a campaign against corruption in the country.

He began his speech by saying: "Corruption is something that we talk about, complain about and something that we recognise. It is something that even those who are involved in corruption, acknowledge that it is a bad thing. But the irony and the tragedy is that those who engage in corruption, loves it. The irony is that those of us who do not engage in it directly, accommodate it. Our levels of tolerance for corruption in Africa are amazing."

According to him, a Greek philosopher said a long ago time ago “…that it is in the nature of man to hound the small thieves and to leave the big ones in public office." He said for this reason Africa remains the poorest continent in the world. Many people from Africa who recently travelled to Europe drowned in the Mediterranean Sea because they were running away from Africa. “The richest people in almost all countries in Africa today are in public offices.”

He says the leaders in Africa themselves don’t have any confidence in their own health services and they are looking for it in other countries in the world. They force free educational systems on their people but they will not risk it themselves to send their own children to these schools. He says we live in Africa where we honoured thieves while accusing good men and women. "This is the tragedy of Africa," he said.

He also says we live in Africa, where we believe that the agriculture is the backbone of the country but we do not use the latest and best technology to produce enough food for our people and therefore people die today younger in Africa than 50 years ago. "Africa is a tragic continent and corruption is the source of all these things." He asked the question about what Africa should do going forward and his answer is: "Corruption is a cancer and it must not be allowed to grow.” But he said, "It's not going to be easy because the children of darkness who are the perpetrators of corruption have an advantage over the children of light. They are well organised, they are prepared to kill and they will do anything on earth to ensure that their ill-gotten wealth is retained."

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