Pretoria, 16 September, 2021 / 8:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Theft of COVID-19 response funds in nine Southern African countries is a cause for concern for Catholic Bishops in the region who are decrying the vice and urging solidarity with “weakest and needy members of society.”
In their September 10 statement obtained by ACI Africa, members of the standing committee of the Inter-Regional Meeting of the Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) also decry violence and looting in some of the countries in the region.
“We have witnessed acts of corruption connected with the misappropriation of resources which were ear-marked for the alleviation of those affected by the pandemic,” members of the Stnading Committee of IMBISA say.
In the statement signed by IMBISA President, Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula, the Catholic Bishops in the nine-nation Inter-Regional forum add, “Many young people, who have all along been waiting on the side-lines and not participating effectively in the economy, are fast losing hope that things will never change.”
They continue, “In fact, some of our countries have witnessed troubling scenes with violence and looting at a grand scale. The end result of this is displacement of people."