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Old February 10th, 2016, 10:33 AM   #21
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Corruption is not corruption.

I said a long time ago, that the problem is not nessarily the corruption, the problem is that the type of corruption. When much of the corruption is embezzlement, false contracts and inflated contracts, we are not really speaking of the same form of corruption as in Asia for example. When we have Nigerian government officials investing in property in London, Singapore and Dubai, we are not talking of the same type of corruption. When we speak of money wasted in destinations such as Capetown, we are not talking about the same type of corruption.

There is corruption that works the economy and there is corruption that doesn't . Most of the corruption in Nigeria is not working the economy.

There are branches of corruption in Nigeria that work the economy. You can mention Transcorp or Arik Air. You can even mention Dangote or Alakija (If I may), you can mention the American University of Nigeria, you can mention LCC in Lagos etc

All these are laden with corruption, but they are working the economy.

but most of the corruption in Nigeria is not in this form, most are in the form of inefficiencies, inflated contracts or nonexistent contracts.

And of course there is the profit mentality. "As long, as I am making money, it doesn't matter what my objectives are" There is no regulation, to protect the economy. So some investors and some officials, may be taking the economy backwards, even if they are investing. I want to ask..........what are some of these people investing in?

When you dedicate a large sum of your expenditure to imports or inefficient practices, does it really matter if you are investing?

So...............no Corruption is not corruption. The corruption in Indonesia or Thailand makes more sense than the corruption in Africa.

You cannot look at corruption, on a dollar for dollar basis.
I dont know why I just read this. True.

But this answers Africans who try and say "but USA or UK is just as corrupt as Africa but its done more quietly". Clearly a road building contract given to some business crony in London who has links to the ruling political party but the road is fully completed on budget and on time is MASSIVELY different to in Africa where they will steal half the money for the road and pay everyone up the chain to stay quiet and then build a poor quality road or only half the road. Thats what we are dealing with here.
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I dont know why I just read this. True.

But this answers Africans who try and say "but USA or UK is just as corrupt as Africa but its done more quietly". Clearly a road building contract given to some business crony in London who has links to the ruling political party but the road is fully completed on budget and on time is MASSIVELY different to in Africa where they will steal half the money for the road and pay everyone up the chain to stay quiet and then build a poor quality road or only half the road. Thats what we are dealing with here.
Exactly.

All couuntries, even the communists Soviets, Yugoslavia, China etc all have had conrruption and contracts or trade whatever all have links to politicians.......Its just that in Africa, the corruption is chronically to high.



In DRC you have entire provinces that never seen electricity. or paved roads.Just look at the politicians pay checks as opposed to civil servants. lol
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Most poverty in Africa is caused by Africans themselves who cannot seriously invest in basic.
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Algiers (AFP) - A former energy minister has returned to Algeria from three years in exile in the US after an arrest warrant against him for a corruption case was lifted, local media said Friday.


Chakib Khelil, 76, returned home on Thursday afternoon, El Watan newspaper reported.

Khelil, a protege of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ran the energy ministry for a decade before he resigned in 2010 over a corruption scandal at state energy giant Sonatrach.

His fate had been a main sticking point between Bouteflika and the former chief of the country's powerful DRS intelligence service that investigated the case.

Khelil's return comes less than two months after the president dissolved the DRS and six months after he replaced its powerful head General Mohamed Mediene, dubbed Algeria's "kingmaker".

Khelil left Algeria in early 2013 after an investigation was launched into a case involving contracts between Sonatrach and foreign companies, including Italy's Saipem.

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The Kano Emirate has been summoned by the anti-corruption agency in the northern Nigerian State over the expenditure of the outspoken and one of the country’s most powerful leaders Emir Muhammad Sanusi II after his appointment in 2014.

The Kano Emirate has been summoned by the anti-corruption agency in the northern Nigerian State over the expenditure of the outspoken and one of the country’s most powerful leaders Emir Muhammad Sanusi II after his appointment in 2014.

“The Emir Sanusi inherited N2.9 billion (exactly N2.895,165,43.77) – $9,491,120 – and not N4 billion as stated in some media reports,” he explained.

The Emirate Council is expected to honour the summons of the anti-corruption agency on May 2, 2017.

During his tenure as central bank chief, Muhammad Sanusi (then Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) carried out some of the toughest decisions in streamlining the Nigerian economy particularly its banking sector. He jailed corrupt bank managers and dissolved bank boards for mismanagement.

He was sacked by then president Goodluck Jonathan for exposing a non remittance of statutory funds amounting to $20 billion into the government chest. A charge he denies.

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Joseph Kabila and his relatives have built a network of businesses that reaches into every corner of Congo’s economy. Is that why he won’t step down?

In his only public speech this year, Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was defiant about his refusal to hand over power when his final term ends on Dec. 19. “I cannot allow the republic to be taken hostage by a fringe of the political class,” he told parliament last month as members cheered.

His presidency had brought peace and economic growth to Congo, the 45-year-old said, outlining reforms he’d made in telecommunications, mining, energy and banking. What he didn’t say is how some of his own family members are among the biggest beneficiaries of those changes—including his sister Jaynet and brother Zoe, who both listened from the front row as elected members of parliament.

Together the Kabilas have built a network of businesses that reaches into every corner of Congo’s economy and has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the family, a Bloomberg News investigation has found. The sprawling network may help explain why the president is ignoring pleas by the U.S., the European Union and a majority of the Congolese people to hand over power next week, though his advisers dispute this.

Kabila’s refusal to step down threatens to thrust his country back into the kind of chaos that cost millions of lives after his father took power nearly two decades ago. It could also destroy the tenuous stability that attracted international investment—mainly from mining giants like Freeport-McMoRan Inc. and Glencore Plc—and turned Congo into Africa’s biggest producer of copper, tin and cobalt.

In February, S&P Global Ratings lowered Congo’s investment outlook to negative amid rising political tensions. It affirmed that view in August. The last civil war destroyed the country’s copper industry, cutting production more than 96 percent by the time the conflict ended in 2003.

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Congo’s pricey passport scheme sends millions of dollars offshore

The impoverished Democratic Republic of Congo has introduced biometric passports costing $185 apiece. But most of that money does not go to the state. Instead millions of dollars go to a private company in the Gulf - and sources say it is owned by a relative of President Joseph Kabila

KINSHASA - One day in November 2015, President Joseph Kabila visited his foreign ministry and smiled broadly as a computer took his photograph and fingerprints. He was there to mark the launch of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s new biometric passport, fitted with a chip to store details of his identity.

Kabila and his aides have extolled the benefits of the passports, saying they will allow freer movement across an increasingly security-conscious world. In private, the organisers of the deal have another reason to celebrate: It presents an opportunity to make hundreds of millions of dollars off some of the poorest people on the planet.

The passport is among the most expensive in the world, costing each Congolese applicant $185. A UK passport costs half as much, and a U.S. passport $110.

Yet according to documents reviewed by Reuters, the Congolese government will receive just $65 from each passport. Instead, most of the money will go to Semlex, a firm based in Belgium that is producing the travel documents, and to a small company in the Gulf.

That Gulf company, called LRPS, receives $60 for every passport issued, according to documents relating to the deal between the Congo government and Semlex. LRPS is registered in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a jurisdiction where details of ownership are often kept secret.

According a person with direct knowledge of the passport deal, LRPS is owned by Makie Makolo Wangoi, who is believed to be a close relative of Kabila. This source said that Wangoi travelled to the UAE in June 2015 to complete the transfer of LRPS shares into her name. Documents referring to travel arrangements and the share transfer indicate that Wangoi owns LRPS, though the evidence is not conclusive.

Reuters sent questions about LRPS to Wangoi’s email address but received no reply. The Congolese presidency did not respond to Reuters inquiries about the passport scheme and the ownership of LRPS. Nor did Semlex respond to requests for comment.

After these various inquiries were sent, a senior Congolese security official contacted Reuters and said he would provide responses on behalf of Kabila, Wangoi, and others. He later said all questions should be referred to the CEO of Semlex, Albert Karaziwan, and supplied no further comment.

Karaziwan did not reply to emails or text messages sent to him. Lawyers for him declined to comment, citing possible legal action over a person involved in the passport deal for allegedly disseminating misleading information. Reuters gave Kabila and others multiple opportunities to say whether any of the information about the passport deal in this article was misleading. They did not respond.

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In the two decades since billionaire mining investor Robert Friedland founded Ivanhoe Mines Ltd., his small team has made some of the biggest mineral discoveries in the world.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, it has done so while trading and contracting with companies controlled by one of President Joseph Kabila’s brothers, searches of thousands of pages of Congolese corporate records obtained by Bloomberg show.

Ivanhoe’s unearthing of Africa’s largest copper deposit in Congo last year after more than a decade of exploration work has helped quintuple the company’s stock price. The discovery adds to other successes by Friedland, which include building the Oyu Tolgoi copper-and-gold mine in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and discovering the Voisey’s Bay nickel deposit in Canada, which he sold in 1996 for more than $3 billion.

Over the past seven years, the Vancouver-based company has done business at least five times with two firms that are majority owned, via parent companies, by 38-year-old Zoe Kabila, a member of parliament. The companies are two of at least 12 Congolese businesses owned in part by Zoe. They are part of a sprawling network of more than 70 enterprises controlled by the president and his relatives, first reported by Bloomberg last year.

Laurent-Desire Kabila, their father and former Congolese president, had at least 25 children, according to a biography published in 2003.

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The transactions shed more light on the commercial interests of the Kabila family, which has ruled the central African nation for two decades. Opposition parties last year accused the president of defying the constitution and purposely delaying elections to stay in power, but accepted that he could remain in office if an election was held this year. The head of the country’s electoral body this month said elections can’t be held this year and will be delayed again, prompting criticism from the United Nations.

The Kabilas’ commercial interests, which as of last year included stakes in Congo’s biggest mobile-phone company and one of its largest banks, extend across the economy, making it difficult for corporations to operate without coming into contact with a company that has ties to a member of the ruling family. While Zoe publicizes some of his commercial holdings, like the luxury hotel owned by his Cosha Investment SARL, his commercial dealings with some of Congo’s biggest investors haven’t been reported by the media before.

In one deal, state documents show how one of Zoe’s companies used a mining license acquired from Ivanhoe to establish a joint venture with Australia-listed Nzuri Copper Ltd. and Belgian commodity trader Traxys SA, now owned by Carlyle Group LP.

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Diggers, Drivers, Diamonds: How Congo's Zoe Kabila Makes Money

Zoe Kabila, the brother of Congolese President Joseph Kabila, owns a business empire that encompasses everything from tourism to mining.

His companies have sold diamonds, owned a luxury hotel on Congo’s Atlantic coast, built roads, invested in farming, set up a fast-food franchise and printed driver’s licenses, according to a review of corporate filings obtained by Bloomberg. That’s in addition to contracts and partnerships with Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. and Nzuri Copper Ltd.

Zoe’s businesses, along with those of his siblings, have brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kabila clan, a Bloomberg investigation in December found. His father and former Congolese president, Laurent-Desire Kabila, fathered at least 25 children, according to a biography published in 2003. As of last year, one sibling, Jaynet, a member of parliament like Zoe, owned a stake in the local unit of mobile-phone company Vodacom Group Ltd. Gloria, another sister and a fashion designer, held a 40 per cent share in one of the country’s largest banks.

The commercial interests extend across the economy, making it difficult for corporations to operate without coming into contact with a member of the family. Zoe, 38, returned to Congo in 2001, when his brother became president after their father’s assassination. He’s set up at least 12 companies since then, according to publicly available corporate filings.

Delayed Elections

While Joseph Kabila was required by the constitution to step down last year his officials said it was impossible to organize a vote on time. Opposition parties accuse the president of purposely delaying elections to stay in power but accepted that that he could remain in office if a vote was held this year. The head of the country’s electoral body this month said elections can’t be held this year and will be delayed again, prompting criticism from the United Nations.

Congolese law doesn’t prohibit members of the president’s family from engaging in private business. Since becoming a member of parliament in 2011, Zoe has been required to adhere to a code of conduct for state officials and to disclose his assets and business activities.

There is nothing that says this guy can’t do business,” Theophas Mahuku, Zoe’s partner in at least seven of the companies, said in an interview on the ninth floor of an aging tower block overlooking Kinshasa’s port and the Congo River.

Luxury Hotel

While Zoe publicizes some of his commercial holdings, like the luxury hotel owned by his Cosha Investment Sarl, his commercial dealings with some of Congo’s biggest investors have been uncovered for the first time by Bloomberg’s review of corporate records.

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Oil and embezzlement: Public Eye reveals Gunvor's secrets in Congo

A report published today, the result of a two-year investigation, reveals the dubious practices of the world’s fourth largest private oil trading company. To get hold of Congolese black gold, Gunvor went as far as entering into dealings with dodgy partners and paying exorbitant commissions. Ever since the Attorney General of Switzerland opened criminal proceedings in 2012, the Geneva trader has offloaded the responsibility for these embezzlements onto a former employee. The facts revealed by Public Eye show that the dodgy dealings continued well after this employee was dismissed. In 2014, a company executive was caught on (hidden) camera as he outlined a scheme intended to “buy off” Congolese officials. Unsurprisingly, the Swiss justices now have Gunvor directly in their sights, as confirmed yesterday by the Attorney General.

In order to reign supreme in Congo and secure, between 2010 and 2012, oil shipments worth USD 2.2 billion, Gunvor decided to make the most out of the ties between co-founder Gennady Timchenko and Russian president Vladimir Putin, interceding with Moscow so that economic cooperation agreements would be signed with Congo-Brazzaville. The firm has, however, always denied its success was due to its dealings with the Kremlin. The dealer also granted USD 750 million in loans to the Congolese National Oil Company (SNPC) for future oil deliveries, thus becoming the de-facto “bank of Congo”.

Gunvor also enlisted the services of two “door openers”, who were in turn generously compensated. In total, USD 31.9 million were paid in commissions alone. One of the intermediaries transferred several millions to Hong Kong from one of his Swiss accounts, to companies belonging to eleven Chinese nationals, several of whom were suspected of being involved in organised crime or having been convicted of financial crimes. Are these payments ultimately bribes to Congolese public officials? Two key figures, dismissed by Gunvor, confirmed that this was the intention. One of them did so before the Federal Prosecutor in the spring of 2017; the other is seen in the damning footage whose content was revealed by Public Eye. The Gunvor former executive, who was filmed without his knowledge, went as far as offering to set up a new scheme to pay bribes via Russia, specifically to avoid further trouble with the Swiss justice system.


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'Abacha loot': Switzerland to return $320m to Nigeria



The Swiss government has announced that it will return $320m (£240m) of the money allegedly stolen by Nigeria's late military ruler Sani Abacha.

The money was frozen in 2014 by a Swiss court after a legal procedure against his son, Abba Abacha.

Originally deposited in Luxembourg, it is a fraction of the billions of dollars allegedly looted during his rule from 1993 to 1998.

Recovering the "Abacha loot" has been a major priority for Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari made the recovery of stolen assets a major part of his 2015 election campaign and this will be the largest yet.

Although an agreement to repatriate the money was signed in March, the Nigerian Ministry of Justice, the World Bank and Switzerland have been grappling with legal complications surrounding the return of the money, says the BBC's Stephanie Hegarty in Abuja.

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i think they just return part of the interest and keep the rest
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Ghana president names ex-minister as anti-graft prosecutor

ACCRA (Reuters) - Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo on Thursday named a former attorney-general as anti-graft prosecutor to probe specific cases of corruption including those committed by politicians.

There is widespread belief among civil society groups in Ghana that corruption is on the rise, especially among public office holders.

The appointment of Martin Amidu, who briefly served as attorney-general under former president John Mills, was in fulfillment of a campaign promise by Akufo-Addo ahead of elections in December 2016.

Ghana’s parliament passed a law in November establishing the office of an independent anti-graft prosecutor to fight corruption and recover looted resources.

Ghana’s courts are currently probing a 52 million cedi payment on a government contract that state prosecutors said was unjustified, while parliament on Monday began a hearing on reports the trade ministry charged foreign investors between $25,000 and $100,000 to enable them to sit close to the president at a recent dinner.

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Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, the anti-corruption sheriff of Nigeria

Appointed by President Buhari to hunt for misappropriated public funds, this former police officer is as feared as he is challenged in his country.






Ibrahim Mustafa Magu is arguably the most feared man in Nigeria's political and economic elite. One of the most endangered too. The vivacious and affable middle-aged man from the north-east of the country is willing to "crusade", insensitive to the pressures related to his mission: to fight against corruption in a country where misappropriations are counted in tens of billions of dollars.

In mid-December, seven masked bandits attacked his second home in the suburbs of Abuja, the capital, occasionally killing a police sergeant. A few months earlier, in August, a commando did not hesitate to launch an assault on the headquarters of the Commission on Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC), which he has been heading since November 2015. You have to be crazy or very good. paid to conduct, possibly on behalf of a person targeted by the investigators of Mr. Magu, such an operation in the heart of the administrative area of ​​Abuja.

"I scare criminals and I'm proud of them"

"Unfortunately, I'm in danger, which means I still have work to do. Here in Nigeria, when you fight corruption, you have to be ready to die. Otherwise, it is better to change position, slice it, sitting behind his desk cluttered with records, on the third floor now ultra-secure headquarters of the EFCC. I scare criminals, be they politicians or bosses, yes, I scare them and I'm proud of them. "

At the head of this government agency created in 2003, Ibrahim Mustafa Magu has imposed his style a little sheriff on the edges. "Nothing to do with who you are, whether I know you or not. If corruption is proven, we take you to justice, "he said, pointing to a photo of President Muhammadu Buhari, who appointed him to implement one of his campaign promises.


Under the austere and benevolent portrait of the head of state who adorns his office, one of his statements: "If you do not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria. This is also Mr. Magu's credo. What does it matter if the Senate disavowed it twice, in March and then in December 2017, and that the Nigerian security services issued an unfavorable opinion on his appointment by questioning his integrity. "Some senators are angry at me. They manipulate certain services and politicize my case to protect their interests and their business, "he defends himself.

As a result, Mr. Magu is not president of the EFCC but acting president, a "Monsieur Anticorruption" in delicacy with the law. This excoriated him without wavering him as he draws his strength from his proximity to the head of state. "I speak very regularly to President Buhari, who keeps abreast of the progress of our investigations", concedes without further details Mr. Magu.

"Naming and humiliating"

With the banter of the old-fashioned cop he was in the 1990s, he prefers to narrate his recent success. Like the seizure of 9.8 million dollars (8 million euros) hidden by a former boss of the national oil company in a house in a poor district of Kaduna, in northwestern Nigeria. "A small business", he skips, quoting the 43.4 million dollars found in a Lagos apartment in April 2017.

The government has been encouraging the Nigerian authorities since 2016 to denounce financial crimes. Indics have become "whistleblowers" and rewards attract citizens: between 2.5 and 5% of sums seized. Mr. Magu assumes without false modesty resort to the process of "name and shame", that is to "name and humiliate" cybercrime bosses, bosses, big mafia and small crooks. Respect for the presumption of innocence is not a priority.

What thrills Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, gives him a real power and it is worth to him death threats, it is the delicate politico-financial affairs, those which can upset the public life. Despite a lack of resources, the EFCC, which has 3,000 agents, revealed most of the major scandals involving the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan (2010-2015).

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Nommé par le président Buhari pour traquer les fonds publics détournés, cet ancien policier est aussi redouté que contesté dans son pays.

Ibrahim Mustafa Magu est sans doute l’homme le plus craint de l’élite politique et économique du Nigeria. L’un des plus menacés aussi. Ce quinquagénaire vif et affable, originaire du nord-est du pays, se déclare volontiers en « croisade », insensible aux pressions liées à sa mission : lutter contre la corruption dans un pays où les détournements se comptent en dizaines de milliards de dollars.

Mi-décembre, sept bandits cagoulés ont attaqué sa résidence secondaire en banlieue d’Abuja, la capitale, tuant à l’occasion un sergent de police. Quelques mois plus tôt, en août, un commando n’avait pas hésité à lancer un assaut contre le siège de la Commission sur les crimes économiques et financiers (EFCC), qu’il dirige depuis novembre 2015. Il faut être fou ou très bien payé pour mener, sans doute pour le compte d’une personnalité visée par les enquêteurs de M. Magu, une telle opération en plein cœur de la zone administrative d’Abuja.

« Je fais peur aux criminels et j’en suis fier »

« Malheureusement, je suis en danger, ce qui veut dire que j’ai encore du travail à faire. Ici, au Nigeria, quand tu combats la corruption, il faut être prêt à mourir. Sinon, mieux vaut changer de poste, tranche-t-il, assis derrière son bureau encombré de dossiers, au troisième étage désormais ultra-sécurisé du siège de l’EFCC. Je fais peur aux criminels, qu’ils soient politiques ou patrons, ça oui, je leur fais peur et j’en suis fier. »

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A Belgian investigation against Semlex and Karaziwan for suspicion of corruption in the DRC!





The Belgian company Semlex, a supplier of passports to various African countries including the DRC, and his boss, Albert Karaziwan, are being investigated in Belgium. "We are conducting this research in a case of money laundering and corruption," a spokesman for the Belgian Federal Prosecutor told Reuters. Wednesday, January 17, the Brussels headquarters of this firm and the home of its owner were raided.

According to Reuters, who was able to read some emails, official documents and contracts signed by Semlex, Albert Karaziwan used his political relations to do business in the Comoros and other African countries, sometimes without going through the procedures. tender and sometimes by making payments to intermediaries. Consequence: a series of investigations opened in the archipelago and in Belgium, except in the DRC where the passport scandal is still relevant. The office of the National Assembly has obviously placed in the drawers the recommendation of the Deputy Juvenal Munubo on the establishment of a parliamentary inquiry.

Never mind, the Belgian courts cited by Medor seek to establish and trace the circuits of commissions that would have been paid to Congolese officials when signing a contract for the delivery of biometric passports to the DRC. In Kinshasa, Semlex won in June 2015, one of its most beautiful markets in Africa, its privileged continent.

"Semlex still has the hope of further developing its business in this country. The company is negotiating an OTC contract to provide ID cards to 70 million citizens of the DRC, based on a proposal from the Congolese government approved by its Budget Ministry. No agreement has been finalized. But if the contract succeeds, it could be worth $ 430 million, according to the document in question, "revealed the Orient Le Jour.

Albert Karaziwan, who gives the impression of being very close to the Congolese Government as he was of the previous Comorian leaders, is therefore targeted for investigations from all sides. Suspicions of corruption and money laundering by the Belgian courts and suspicions of parallel passport traffic in the Comoros.

Joined by Reuters on the phone, Karaziwan declined to comment on the subject. "Stop your dramas ... Thanks and goodbye," he said before hanging up.

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Une enquête belge contre Semlex et Karaziwan pour soupçons de corruption en RDC !

La société belge Semlex, fournisseur des passeports à divers pays africains dont la RDC, et son patron, Albert Karaziwan font l’objet d’une enquête en Belgique. « Nous menons ces recherches dans un cas de blanchiment d’argent et de corruption », a déclaré à Reuters un porte-parole du Procureur Fédéral belge. Mercredi 17 Janvier, le siège bruxellois de cette firme et le domicile de son propriétaire ont été perquisitionnés.

A en croire Reuters qui a pu prendre connaissance de certains courriels, documents officiels et contrats signés par Semlex, Albert Karaziwan a utilisé ses relations politiques pour faire des affaires aux Comores et dans d’autres pays africains, parfois sans passer par des procédures d’appel d’offre et quelques fois en effectuant des paiements à des intermédiaires. Conséquence : une série d’enquêtes ouvertes dans l’archipel et en Belgique, sauf en RDC où le scandale du passeport reste d’actualité. Le bureau de l’Assemblée nationale ayant visiblement rangé dans les tiroirs la recommandation du Député Juvénal Munubo relative à la mise sur pied d’une enquête parlementaire.

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East African politicians are executing themselves as masters of sabotage masqueraded as anti-corruption wars. Our analysis of several berated projects in the region has established that the Politicians making these allegations were blatantly lying.
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Is the author of the article a Kenyan? I just think Tanzania and Kenya should have worked together on these Standard Gauge Railway projects... Why having EAC if you don't cooperate much more before to begin such regional projects?
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Is the author of the article a Kenyan? I just think Tanzania and Kenya should have worked together on these Standard Gauge Railway projects... Why having EAC if you don't cooperate much more before to begin such regional projects?
The EAC countries are basically trying to rebuild old lines that collapsed or were really mismanaged. I consider these new SGR lines as the backbone lines for future networks.

I have a feeling once all those railway projects are done, the next part will be interconnecting them together through regional hubs. Its not hard to see this eventuality.
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CAIRO – 15 January 2018: In light of Egypt’s efforts to seize corruption in governmental authorities, the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) – the regulatory body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations within state institutions - managed to detain on Sunday the Governor of Menoufia, Hesham Abdel Baset, and two businessmen in Sadat City over charges of corruption.

Security sources said the governor of Menoufia was detained in Sadat city, in the governorate, with LE 2 million in his possession. The authority managed to record phone calls for Abdel Baset with the two businessmen, proving that he agreed to take LE 2 million as a bribe in return for land licenses. The governor was under the ACA surveillance in the last period.

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The ACA’s efforts were very fruitful in the last years and prosecuted several high-profile cases which led to a noticeable decline in corruption incidents.

In April 2016, the Cairo Criminal Court sent former Agriculture Minister, Salah el-Din Mahmoud Helal, and his office manager to 10 years in prison each on corruption charges.

The prosecution said in a court session that Helal and his office manager had accepted bribes including a luxury home, membership of an exclusive sports club, clothing from high-end fashion stores, and mobile phones.

In January 2017, former Secretary-General of Egypt's State Council Wael Shalaby committed suicide while in custody after his arrest for alleged corruption.

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