Govt Officials Sacked For Using Juju To Get Promotion
Here in Nigeria or Africa for that matter, using juju could be tolerated as an expression of one’s religious freedom.
In China, it is not as simple and straightforward.
Use of juju or any related act seen as superstition could attract severe sanctions from the authorities.
This is why two Chinese officials who found themselves accused of casting spell in order to be promoted have been sacked.
The two officials were also accused of attending geomancy (study of divination) courses under the guise of business trips.
As you may know, China does not believe in any god.
Members of the ruling Communist Party are, more so, not supposed to follow any religion and the government takes a particularly harsh line on officials who practice such beliefs.
Xinhua news agency said Tang Yuansong, a former county housing official in the central province of Hunan, went on five fengshui training courses under the guise of "investigation tours" starting in 2008.
Each session cost 54,000 yuan ($8,038), which Tang claimed back as business expenses, Xinhua said, citing a statement from the local anti-corruption watchdog office.
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Tang also earned 5,000 yuan a year for practicing fengshui for others, it added.
The other person sacked, also a former county official, had "asked others to set up an altar to cast spells and paid 100,000 yuan in tribute each time, with hopes of being promoted", Xinhua said.
Both have been expelled from the party and will be further investigated for suspected criminal acts.