Pope warns Kenyan youth of ‘sugar of corruption’

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Pope Francis addresses a packed Nairobi stadium during his visit to Kenya, urging his audience to resist succumbing to the sweet lure of corruption. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Pope warns Kenyan youth of ‘sugar of corruption’


Pope Francis urged Kenyans not to succumb to the sweet lure of corruption, as he addressed a gathering of the country’s youth on Friday (November 27).

Scrapping a pre-prepared script, the Latin American pope addressed a packed Nairobi stadium with the down-to-earth and spontaneous style that has endeared him to Catholics and others around the world.

“I ask myself, can we justify corruption just by the mere fact that everyone is corrupt?” he told the crowds, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“It’s not just in politics: in all areas of life, also in the Vatican, there are cases of corruption. Corruption is something that eats inside, it’s like sugar, it’s sweet, we like, it’s easy. And then we end up in a poor way,” he added, speaking in Spanish with his words being translated into English.

“If you don’t want corruption in your lives, in your hearts and in your country, start now, yourselves. Because if you don’t start, then the person who’s beside you won’t start. Corruption, moreover, takes away our joy, it takes away our peace. Corrupt people don’t live in peace.”

Two days ago, Kenyatta reshuffled his cabinet after several ministers were embroiled in corruption allegations.

Scandals in past months have ranged from a ministry buying ballpoint pens for $85 each and probes into multi-million dollar government contract awards.

Nairobi resident Robert Muathe came to see the pope: “Exactly what is happening in the world is usually what the pope has talked about. And I believe, if the youth were listening keenly, the way I was listening, they have a message of an answer, a message of hope from the pope.”

“So, it’s a blessing also to have a leader who can come all the way from the Vatican to come and talk to us. Because also, we always say that the future of Africa is the youth. But the problem is: what are we investing in the youth? So it has been a great experience for me,” said Jean Marc Kabamba, who travelled from Congo to see the pope.


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