Kenyan professor of Law and celebrated pan-African Patrick Loch Lumumba holds the view that corruption must be treated as a crime against humanity because the vice has killed more people in Africa than all the civil wars combined,A vice that is currently rampant in many African countries.
Professor Lumumba further warned that victims of crime against humanity imposed by corruption and lives of many African people are constantly in danger because of the role they have chosen to play in the fight against bad governance.
“Without doubt,corruption must be treated as a crime against humanity.Sometimes you have to raise issues to the highest appropriate level.You have to think about what corruption does to a country.The crisis in neighboring DR Congo started with the rampant theft by Mobutu Sesse Seko’s regime.To date,the former Zaire has never recovered.People had no medicines in hospitals and deaths among the underprivileged became unprecedented,” says Professor Lumumba.
In many African countries,we have individuals in government who take their children to expensive schools using money that was corruptly acquired and drive luxury cars bought from proceeds of crime.When one attempts to stand in the way of this rampant corruption,they are susceptible being killed.They will ensure that you are neutralized. These people that we are fighting against.
Lumumba further said that these criminal elements in many African governments care about nothing but their own enrichment.Their conscience is dead.They will do anything on earth to eliminate anyone who dares to close the lid on corruption.
He reiterated that politicians have wealth which a normal hardworking man cannot amass under their occupation even if they lived a thousand years on Earth,but impunity is alive and thriving in their countries.
“We ,the electorate,are in the business of celebrating thieves.We camouflage theft by giving it fancy names like gifts,money laundering,fraud,embezzlement and all other kind of fancy terminologies that make theft look so glamorous. “he noted.
“Let us call these men and women by their right names when they steal from public coffers.They are thieves stealing on an industrial scale.They are murderers.Once we begin to call them by their appropriate names and they have the theft tag on their foreheads,the stigma will haunt them.”he reiterated further.
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