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Christian Leader Arrested for Using Retirement To Tackle Uganda's Corruption

Bishop David Zac Niringiye could face charges for 'inciting violence' with the Black Monday Movement.

Following an arrest earlier this month, one of Uganda's most recognized Christian leaders could face charges as a result of his retiring early to work with the Black Monday Movement, a campaign against political corruption in the government.

Police arrested David Zac Niringiye, who recently retired after serving as assistant bishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda in Kampala, on Feb. 4 after he distributed "materials denouncing corruption to students at Makerere University in Kampala."

'I'll die rather than stay silent," Niringiye told the Center for Religion in World Affairs's Lapido Media. "A bullet to the head: if it must come to that, then let it be. ... Institutionally the Anglican Church has to rediscover its prophetic voice." His arrest inspired other Anglican leaders to call for similar anti-corruption efforts in other African nations.

Niringiye retired seven years early in order to "fight for social justice," according to an interview he gave Ugandan newspaper New Vision last summer. ...

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