Zambia’s “New Kids” Clean House: Internal Corruption Worse than Previously Feared

New Zambian leadership inherits “empty treasury” After six failed attempts at becoming president, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema finally was sworn in as Zambia’s leader a week ago, representing the United Party for National Development. His new budget for the coming years is expected before month's end, but there are significant roadblocks ahead, partly due to alleged … Continue reading Zambia’s “New Kids” Clean House: Internal Corruption Worse than Previously Feared

South African Constitutional Court Sentences Former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in Prison Effective Immediately

By Jemma Muller On 29 June 2021, the Constitutional Court of South Africa (“CC”) handed down a precedent setting judgment in which it sentenced the former President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma (“Zuma”) to 15 months imprisonment after finding Zuma guilty of contempt of court which was both “extraordinary and unprecedented in respect of … Continue reading South African Constitutional Court Sentences Former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in Prison Effective Immediately

UK sanctions Gupta brothers over South African corruption

By Stephany Torres, Esq. The United Kingdom has recently extended their sanctions regime to target not only human rights abusers, but also international corruption under the new Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 resulting in the UK announcing in April 2021 that 22 people from six different countries facing various restrictions such as visa bans and … Continue reading UK sanctions Gupta brothers over South African corruption

Africa’s Corrupt Legacy? History Counts — and Understanding It Better Counts Still More

A Review of “European Colonization and the Corruption of Local Elites – The Case of Chiefs in Africa”, by Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Abdulaziz B Shifa, “Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization”, November 2020 By Peter O’Brien Colonization was about generating profits from the territories colonized, and creating methods for channeling those profits to … Continue reading Africa’s Corrupt Legacy? History Counts — and Understanding It Better Counts Still More

Thursday webinar: Calling Out COVID Corruption & Why We Need Whistleblower Regimes

“Calling Out COVID Corruption: Why the pandemic requires robust Whistleblower regimes to combat corruption – lessons from abroad” Primerio Ltd. and Constantine Cannon LLP are pleased to invite you to what promises to be a lively & informative seminar on whistle-blowing, corruption, and lessons learned from the pandemic. REGISTER HERE FOR FREE: https://lnkd.in/dW_FjY8 With Panelists Zanele … Continue reading Thursday webinar: Calling Out COVID Corruption & Why We Need Whistleblower Regimes

South Africa: New Cyber Crimes Legislation

By Michael-James Currie and Camilla Warring The new Cybercrimes Bill (B 6B – 2017) has been the subject of much debate. It has been passed by the National Council of Provinces and now awaits assent by President Ramaphosa. If it passes into law it will create a number of new crimes, including the crime of … Continue reading South Africa: New Cyber Crimes Legislation

Kenya: The Pandemic Response and Management Bill (2020)

By Fidel Mwaki PROPOSED PROTECTIVE MEASURES FOR LOANS AND MORTGAGE DEFAULTERS As a result of Covid-19, the Pandemic Response and Management Bill, 2020 was introduced as a Senate Bill in April 2020 to provide a legal framework for a coordinated response and management of activities and temporary measures and relief during a pandemic. One of … Continue reading Kenya: The Pandemic Response and Management Bill (2020)

Amending Kenya’s Business Law: “Electronic Signatures” (2020)

By Fidel Mwaki The recently enacted Business Laws (Amendment) Act, 2020 has made a key change to Kenya’s business laws by amending the Law of Contract Act to provide a legal basis for electronic signatures to be used when executing contracts. Although electronic signatures are not a new phenomenon and have been in use in … Continue reading Amending Kenya’s Business Law: “Electronic Signatures” (2020)

Financial corruption scandal engulfs Nigeria’s top justice amid political turmoil

Code of Conduct Tribunal convicts Justice Walter Onnoghen The Tribunal convicted Mr. Onnoghen of false asset declarations in foreign bank holdings.  The judge must now forfeit multiple foreign bank accounts and their (unidentified) contents to the Nigerian federal government.  He is further barred from holding public office for ten years. Observers question the motivation behind … Continue reading Financial corruption scandal engulfs Nigeria’s top justice amid political turmoil

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Contributing to African growth or abetting corruption?

Back in 2016, AAF published a story about Och-Ziff's FCPA trouble involving, among Congolese diamond mines, the so-called Libyan Investment Authority (LIA).  The LIA was a sovereign wealth fund ("SWF"), recalls Andreas Stargard, an attorney with Primerio Ltd., focused on anti-corruption and antitrust matters in Africa: "In the case of Och-Ziff, the LIA was allegedly implicated in … Continue reading Sovereign Wealth Funds: Contributing to African growth or abetting corruption?