Pastors and preachers in the church are not exempted from corruption practices and the trend is worrying, a former Commissioner on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Mr Francis Emile Short, has lamented.
The church, he said, should be a sacred place where Christian leaders lead and guide their congregants to desist from corruption-related practices, however, “there is corruption in the church”.
The former judge, who was a guest on Accra100.5FM’s ‘The Citizen’ show on Tuesday, 10 September 2019, told the host Kwabena Bobie Ansah that it was time the clergy assumed an important role in the fight against corruption and not encourage the bad practice by demanding money from church members irrespective of the source.
For him, the clergy is not speaking enough against corruption, adding that they must “talk about corruption to encourage them [congregants] not to engage in corruption and not just to ask them to donate money to the church no matter how the money had been acquired”.
“It is unfortunate that in recent surveys that have been conducted, the church has also been implicated in acts of corruption and even traditional rulers have also been implicated, especially in the area of illegal mining,” he stated.