Each one of us, can play our part in getting rid of corruption.

“After this, Felix often sent for Paul and talked with him, because he hoped that Paul would offer him a bribe.”(Acts24:26). Paul wrote more than half of the New Testament, his stand against corruption was amazing..

Corruption is not new; when the Apostle Paul, was held as a prisoner, at Caesarea, he could have been released, if he had agreed to pay a bribe to the Roman Governor, Felix. Paul came from a rich, and noble family, he also had rich friends who were concerned about him, including the writer of Acts, Dr Luke and his wife, a business woman, called Lydia. There is no doubt that if Paul had asked for money to pay the governor for his freedom it could have been found.

Instead Paul chose not only to stay in prison for another two years, but he preferred to go to Rome, in chains, where he would be tried, and face the death penalty! When I first read this, and reflected on it, I was deeply moved in my spirit. As my Pastor likes to remind us, “brothers and sisters, this Gospel of Jesus Christ, came to you by the blood of other fellows, don’t take it lightly”. Here was Paul risking his life, when all he had to do was pay this Roman governor, and get his freedom. And I hear so many people, say things like, “this is how it works around here; we have no choice, how else are we going to get those contracts; how are we going to feed our families?”

When we were thrown out of a country, after I refused to pay the bribes that could have saved our contract, I knew exactly what it would cost us, both financially and in the jobs of over 200 people, and their families, that were forced to leave. Of course there is a price to pay! Look at Paul!! Mine was nothing!

Corruption will end in Africa, when some of us, say “enough! I don’t care, that I have to walk to work, I am not getting on a taxi that pays a policeman, a bribe at a checkpoint whilst I watch. I am not going to give my cousin a job, in government, because he is my cousin. I am not going to take a bribe when I am a judge in a court case. I am not going to pay a customs official. I am not going to pay anyone a cut for a contract, even if it means I am out of business.” And when we do this, one morning we will wake up and find there is no corruption in our society, and there are no corrupt leaders, because if there are corrupt leaders, they come from our societies.

Lets start a movement across Africa, of ordinary citizens who will wear a badge, that says, “no to corruption”, just like we wear badges of our commitment to fight HIV /AIDS, because corruption kills more people in Africa, than HIV/AIDS.

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About Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

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