The Catholic Church in Cameroon has denounced corruption in the country, saying it has permeated all levels of the society to become a way of life.
    A pastoral letter issued by the country's bishops said that corruption was destroying Cameroon's economy as well as people's consciences.
    It said people lower down the social order saw those at the top indulging in corrupt practices and copied them.
    Even some clerics were tainted by corruption, it said.
    The bishops' letter called for good governance, transparent elections and checks, such as declarations of wealth by officials.
    Cameroon was classed as the most corrupt country in the world in 1998 and 1999 by a business monitor, Transparency International.
12 Oct 00

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