Zimbabwean Churches to Stage Protests Over Corruption
Zimbabwean churches in Matabeleland are expected to stage peaceful protests
in Bulawayo Thursday against increasing cases of corruption in the country
which was recently rated by Transparency International as the most corrupt
nation in the Southern African region.
The campaign was first launched in Harare last Saturday by various heads of
Christian denominations who want to end corruption among poor people
It was meant to coincide with the International Ant-Corruption Day that was
observed on December 9.
One of the organisers of the event, Reverend Useni Sibanda of the Zimbabwe
Christian Alliance, said the churches will be accompanied by the Zimbabwe
Participating church organisations include the Evangelical Fellowship of
Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Council of Churches, Zimbabwe Christian Alliance and
various apostolic faith denominations.
Reverend Sibanda said corruption has become an undesirable culture in
He said: “The church needs to shine its light on the world and put the
spotlight on corruption.”
In its 2012 Corruption Perception Index, the organisation said the country
scored 20 points out of 100, an indication that it has high cases of
The index is presented on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (clean).
Zimbabwe was ranked 163 out of 176 assessed nations, making it the most
corrupt nation in the Southern African Development Community region.
According to Transparency International, Somalia and North Korea are the
world’s most corrupt countries while Denmark and Finland are seen as nations
with the least cases of corruption.
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