Bishop Decries Corruption: Problem Is Not Simply an African Phenomenon

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Problem is not simply an African phenomenon

Bishop Mvume Dandala, general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), has urged Canadians to join African churches in condemning the role of developed nations in perpetuating corruption in Africa and the rest of the developing world.

"The matter of corruption is a matter that requires all churches to act together because there are two aspects of corruption," said Bishop Dandala, in an interview with the Anglican Journal. "First, it is challenging our own people to actually confront this problem head on. There's another problem and that is the fact that even the international world has developed values of wanting to deal corruptly when it cuts deals with people from the developing world,"

The bishop argued that others besides African churches need to speak out because "we're not just speaking to the African people. It becomes the worldwide community that needs to speak to all the structures that deal with the people of the developing world, holding them responsible for their actions."

Bad governance, which includes corruption, has made some Canadians critical of granting an unconditional cancellation of the developing world's debts owed to international governments and financial institutions.

But Bishop Dandala, a South African Methodist who assumed the AACC's top post in 2003, said, "It is totally wrong for people to feel that corruption is an African phenomenon. …

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