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Zimbabwe: Greed and corruption in Zimbabwe's Marange Diamond Fields

2012-11-12, Issue 605

The third investigation by Partnership Africa Canada into illicit activity in Zimbabwe’s diamond sector, this report focusses on ongoing trade irregularities, the lack of transparency of diamond revenues, and examines ways ZANU officials and the global diamond industry have colluded to pull off the biggest plunder of diamonds since Cecil Rhodes.

Uganda: Civil society launches campaign against corruption

2012-11-13, Issue 605

The Civil Society on Monday launched a campaign against corruption which they said would go on until Government takes action on corrupt public officials. Representative s of various civil society organizations converged at Uganda Manufacturing Association Hall in Nakawa dressed in black T-shirts wielding placards with anti-corruption slogans. Leading the group, Irene Ovonji-Odida from Action Aid International Board of Trustees, said wearing black symbolized they had started mourning and mobilizing citizens to rise up against the evil of corruption.

Guinea: Vale partner says Guinea seeks to seize iron ore assets

2012-11-13, Issue 605

The mining arm of Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz's business empire has accused the government of Guinea of seeking to 'illegally seize' its assets through a probe into how it won rights to mine part of a major iron ore deposit. Privately owned BSG Resources, which has been working in the West African country with Brazilian mining major Vale, confirmed it had received a letter from a government commission alleging improper behaviour and graft in its winning of rights to develop blocks in the Simandou region.

Global: Extractive industry transparency movement at crossroads, says expert

2012-11-13, Issue 605

The movement to bring greater transparency to the oil, gas and mining industries is facing a crucial time in its development and needs to overcome three significant challenges to continue to be successful, Daniel Kaufmann, head of the international transparency watchdog Revenue Watch Institute told TrustLaw. The transparency movement must become more global, the data produced by the extractive industries must be clear and comparable across countries, and the movement must work to build up expertise within resource-rich countries so that local transparency watchdogs, governments and media can interpret the data, Kaufmann, a former World Bank economist, said.

Africa: How to Rob Africa

2012-11-13, Issue 605

The world's wealthy countries often criticise African nations for corruption - especially that perpetrated by those among the continent's government and business leaders who abuse their positions by looting tens of billions of dollars in national assets or the profits from state-owned enterprises that could otherwise be used to relieve the plight of some of the world's poorest peoples. Yet the West is culpable too in that it often looks the other way when that same dirty money is channelled into bank accounts in Europe and the US. In this excellent investigation shown on Al Jazeera, Zimbabwean journalist Stanley Kwenda takes a journey through the murky world offshore banking.

Global: A timeline of the financial crisis

2012-11-01, Issue 604

Four years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers and its devastating fall-out, Transparency International looks at how weak oversight and a lack of transparency contributed to the financial crisis. 'This crisis was not just the result of a few rogue traders placing reckless bets. Corruption, in the form of fraud and a ‘no holds barred’ pursuit of profits, bonuses and growth, infected the whole financial system.' The page also has an interesting timeline of the crisis.

Ghana: Anger at Ghana salary increases for politicians

2012-11-05, Issue 604

A significant increase in salaries for Ghana's president, ministers and other top officials has been criticised by anti-corruption campaigners. Parliament agreed to the pay rise earlier this week in a session that was not televised. Last month President John Dramani Mahama authorised an increase in MPs' pay.

Uganda: Issuing of mining licenses suspended

2012-11-06, Issue 604

Uganda has suspended the issuance of new mining licences and put on notice those with non-performing ones following revelations that a number were handed out irregularly. Officials from the Ministry of Energy said most of the illegal licences had ended up in the hands of speculators who lacked the financial or technical ability to deliver. The department of geological survey and mines in the Ministry of Energy - Uganda’s licensing authority - has asked the speculators to justify why their licences should not be revoked.

Nigeria: Billions lost in cut price oil deals, says report

2012-10-24, Issue 603

Nigeria lost out on tens of billions of dollars in oil and gas revenues over the last decade from cut price deals struck between multinational oil companies and government officials, a confidential report seen by Reuters says. A team headed by the former head of the anti-corruption agency Nuhu Ribadu produced the 146-page study on an oil ministry request. It covers the year 2002 to the present.

Uganda: UN cautions Uganda on graft in oil sector

2012-10-25, Issue 603

Corruption poses a serious threat to the country’s oil resources, the United Nations Resident Representative in Uganda has warned. Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochie’s caution comes as the parliamentary committee investigating bribery claims in the oil sector is visiting several countries and banks that were named during an emergency oil debate in October last year. The corruption allegations have dogged the nascent oil sector since Western Youth MP Gerald Karuhanga tabled documents in Parliament alleging that Tullow Oil had bribed Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, and former Energy minister Hilary Onek to influence their decisions on oil deals.

Uganda: PM says was unaware of missing Irish aid

2012-10-30, Issue 603

Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has insisted he had no knowledge of the alleged misuse of Irish aid by officials in his office, after Dublin suspended all government assistance to Kampala. Ireland shelved the programme on Thursday when an investigation found that four million euros ($5.2 million) had been misappropriated.

Global: Corruption, land and climate change

2012-10-18, Issue 602

This article on the Transparency International explores the connections between land, corruption and climate change. 'Transparency International Kenya has three Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres, which give free and confidential legal counsel to victims or witnesses of corruption. Around a quarter of the cases received at our centre in Mombasa relate to land, totalling 58 since September 2011.'

Nigeria: Murky deals cast doubt over Nigeria's power sell-off

2012-10-22, Issue 602

For decades Nigeria has failed to fix chronic electricity shortages that stifle growth and help keep millions in poverty. That is about to change, the government says, when most of the power sector is privatised by the end of the year. Its target is to increase electricity output tenfold to 40,000 megawatts by 2020, reports Reuters. Turning on the lights in a country where power cuts are a daily ordeal could push Nigeria's growth into double digits and help diversify its economy away from oil, which in 50 years has created a super-rich elite but has done little to reduce mass poverty.

Liberia: Not all Charles Taylor money traced

2012-10-10, Issue 601

The US ambassador for war crimes, Stephen Rapp, said a lack of resources impedes the tracing of millions of dollars allegedly stolen by former Liberian president Charles Taylor, who was recently sentenced to 50 years for war crimes in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Rapp told the Associated Press that the special court does not have the funds to trace Taylor's assets but some investigations will be done by the UN sanctions committee.

South Africa: report puts Malema's jobs, houses, freedom on the line

2012-10-11, Issue 601

Julius Malema and friends - and a number of state employees - now face prosecution, disciplinary action, and their property being seized. During the release of the 'On the Point of Tenders' report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela stopped short of actually declaring that corruption had been at the root of a highly irregular tender worth around R50-million, originally being awarded to a company from which Malema had benefitted – but only because the Hawks are currently investigating exactly that.

Kenya: Kibaki rejects MPs’ $25m bonus deal

2012-10-11, Issue 601

Kenya's President Mwaki Kibaki late Tuesday shattered MPs' dream to award themselves a controversial bonus of more than $110,000 each as a send off when he declined to sanction the deal stating the country’s economy was unable to shoulder the extra financial burden. The Head of State refused to assent to the Finance Bill 2012, saying that the country could not afford the colossal perks that the MPs had awarded themselves in form of a severance package totalling $25m.

Global: Less than half of international foreign aid is transparent

2012-10-04, Issue 600

As a major international deadline on foreign assistance transparency draws closer, a new index shows that while donors are becoming more open with their data, still less than half of foreign aid information is openly available. 'Progress is being met, things are getting better, but that progress is modest,' David Hall-Matthews, the managing director of Publish What You Fund, a global initiative advocating for aid transparency, said in unveiling the organisation’s Aid Transparency Index 2012. Nearly two-thirds of the organisations that Publish What You Fund surveyed both last year and this year showed improvement, with the average score across all donors going up from 34 per cent to 41 per cent transparency.

South Africa: Protector probes Nkandla

2012-10-08, Issue 600

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has opened an investigation into publicly funded construction at the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, City Press reported. Reports have estimated the cost of the work to be between R203 million and R238 million.

Global: What can journalists do to fight corruption in the water sector?

2012-09-26, Issue 599

Corruption in the water sector can mean that money intended to improve water infrastructure and increase people’s access to clean water is misused. When money gets diverted, people continue to rely on insecure and polluted water sources for hygiene, drinking and food preparation purposes. There are initiatives to address the problems associated with the lack of access to information. In Africa, for example, water journalists across the continent are taking action to increase water users’ knowledge about water, to improve participation, and to increase access to information by forming networks.

South Africa: Malema arrest raises possibility of court showdown

2012-09-25, Issue 598

Pro-and anti-Malema factions have vowed to demonstrate outside court as the expelled ANC Youth League leader faces criminal charges. The Polokwane Regional Court looks set to become the stage for a media circus, as both supporters and opponents of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema vowed to launch protests and counter-protests in the Limpopo town ahead of his court appearance this week.

Kenya: Top tourism officials jailed on corruption charges

2012-09-11, Issue 597

A Kenya court has jailed the country’s former permanent secretary of Kenya’s Tourism Ministry Rebecca Nabutola and the former Kenya Tourist Board Managing Director Achieng Ong’ong’a after they were convicted of corruption. Chief Magistrate Lucy Nyambura sentenced Nabutola to four years in jail while Ong’ong’a was given three years jail after both were found guilty 'of conspiracy to defraud the government of 8.9 million shillings (about $106,000).'

Nigeria : The great $6.8bn oil scandal

2012-07-25, Issue 595

The revelation of gargantuan levels of corruption in the government’s fuel subsidy programme is sparking a groundswell of activity among the opposition and civil society groups. Opposition politicians, civic activists and trade unionists are joining forces this month to demand action against grand corruption at the heart of government. They promise it will be their biggest show of strength on Nigeria’s streets since protests in January that forced the government to back down on its plans to abolish the fuel subsidy scheme.

Nigeria: Opposition asks ruling party chair to resign over fuel subsidy scam

2012-07-30, Issue 595

Nigeria's main opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday asked the Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to resign immediately, after his son's indictment in connection with the US$6 billion fuel subsidy scam, being described as one of the biggest corruption cases in Nigeria's history.

Malawi: President urged to declare her assets

2012-07-17, Issue 594

Malawi's president Joyce Banda and her People's Party led government clock 100 days in office tomorrow amid calls from the civil society and political commentators for her to declare her assets to the public to ensure transparency and accountability in her administration. It is not yet known whether Banda has yet adhered to the Constitutional requirement of declaring assets but since assuming office, Banda, through her private Joyce Banda Foundation and Hilda Mtila Foundation has given out millions of kwachas.

Somalia: Anger at corruption claims in leaked UN report

2012-07-18, Issue 594

Somalia's interim government has denied allegations of corruption contained in a leaked UN report. It alleged that around 70 per cent of money intended for development and reconstruction in a country racked by 20 years of war was unaccounted for. 'The systematic misappropriation, embezzlement and outright theft of public resources have essentially become a system of governance,' the leaked report by the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia, published by the Somalia Report website, said.

Tunisia: Ben Ali sentenced to life in jail

2012-07-23, Issue 594

Tunisia's ex-strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been sentenced in absentia to life in prison for complicity in the murders of 43 protesters in the 2011 revolution that toppled him, a military judge has said. Hedi Ayari of the Tunis military court said that Ben Ali was judged with around 40 of his former officials, including General Ali Seriati, ex-head of presidential security, who was given a 20-year prison term.

South Africa: Disgraced police boss paroled

2012-07-23, Issue 594

South Africa’s disgraced former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who also served as the President of Interpol, has received a medical parole, clearing the way for his immediate release from prison. Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele told a media briefing in Pretoria that his department had limited capacity to provide for the palliative care needed by some offenders. He was referring to Selebi’s medical problems, including the need for dialysis because of kidney problems.

Malawi: Oil exploration on Lake Malawi turns fishy

2012-07-10, Issue 593

The process of awarding oil exploration licences targeting Lake Malawi and other areas was so fraught with irregularities that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) took preliminary steps to investigate senior government officials. In separate interviews, two former ministers of Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment – Goodall Gondwe and Grain Malunga – and other technical officials who spoke anonymously, provided evidence of irregular procedures that could have led to unqualified and/or not evaluated companies getting licences to explore oil in Malawi.

Nigeria: NGO heads to court over President's asset declaration

2012-07-11, Issue 593

With the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum given to Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and the country's Code of Conduct Bureau to provide information on the President's assets declaration, the Nigerian NGO Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is heading to court to compel the bureau to comply with its request. 'Since the Bureau has so far failed to respond to our request after the mandatory period of 7 days; we have prepared the necessary court papers which will be filed before the court this week to compel the Bureau to discharge its constitutional responsibility,' SERAP said in a statement made available to PANA. SERAP had earlier sent a request to both the President and the Code of Conduct Bureau, arguing that the disclosure of the information requested will give SERAP and the general public a true picture of the assets of the President from May 2007 to May 2012, and will demonstrate the President’s oft-expressed commitment to transparency and accountability.

South Africa: Ambassador suspended on full pay

2012-07-12, Issue 593

SA's former ambassador to Iran will remain on full-paid suspension until the foreign ministry's investigation into allegations that he accepted bribe money from MTN is completed. Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, confirmed that Yusuf Saloojee, currently SA's ambassador to Oman, has been suspended by the department, on full pay.

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