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?

Recent Gupta Saga Developments: Asset Forfeiture Unit Keeping Up Pressure

By Charl van der Merwe The South African National Prosecuting Authority’s Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) recently obtained a preservation order against various individuals and companies linked to the Gupta Family in respect of the controversial ‘Estina Diary Project’ in Vrede, Free State. According to the AFU, the project was established in partnership with a Gupta … Continue reading Recent Gupta Saga Developments: Asset Forfeiture Unit Keeping Up Pressure

And Don’t Even Mention the Russians…

Another look at South African economic & fiscal reality By AAF Guest Contributor James Greener, Ph.D. Minister Gigaba told us very little that we did not already know about the poor shape of the government’s finances. However, his unusual approach was actually to say as much and while he has been praised mightily for this, … Continue reading And Don’t Even Mention the Russians…

ANATOMY OF CORRUPTION

By Peter O'Brien Cases of corruption are so common that you need a good excuse to write about another one. So how do we justify commenting on the South African scandals involving the Gupta family, at least one of the country’ most significant state-owned enterprises (SOE), a slew of well-known international firms, prominent local law … Continue reading ANATOMY OF CORRUPTION

Kenya’s New Bribery Bill: It Takes Two to Tango

By AAT Senior Contributor, Michael-James Currie Corruption has long been recognised as one of the biggest challenges which entities wanting to do business in Kenya must contend with. The frequent demands for bribes by public officials has led to increased business costs, particularly for foreign investors. According to figures published by GAN Integrity Solutions in … Continue reading Kenya’s New Bribery Bill: It Takes Two to Tango

Did U.S. Meddle with Zuma Corruption Investigation? There’s a new Sheriff in Town

Ex-Public Protector Criticised for Accepting American & German Funds in Effort to Stamp out Government Fraud South Africa's current holder of the Office of the Public Protector ("OPP") -- a supposedly independent government institution designed to fill an ombudsman role in public corruption investigations -- Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has reported to Parliament’s justice committee that, unlike her … Continue reading Did U.S. Meddle with Zuma Corruption Investigation? There’s a new Sheriff in Town

Public protector role to be filled by Advocate Mkhwebane

Advocate Busisiwe Joyce Mkhwebane was appointed as the new public protector in South Africa -- a very important, albeit often sadly emasculated, role.  Adv. Mkhwebane will be replacing outgoing public protector Thuli Madonsela; her seven-year term officially begins on 15th October 2016. In an informal online survey, Corruption Watch determined that her appointment by President Jacob Zuma was deemed transparent, … Continue reading Public protector role to be filled by Advocate Mkhwebane

Och-Ziff’s African (formerly lucrative) nightmare

Och-Ziff Capital Management Admits To Role In Africa Bribery Conspiracies And Agrees To Pay $213 Million Criminal Fine From the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York: "Och-Ziff Enters into 3-Year Deferred Prosecution Agreement; Och-Ziff Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Violate the FCPA" BROOKLYN, NY – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for … Continue reading Och-Ziff’s African (formerly lucrative) nightmare

Slow Crawl On Corruption

A long walk to freedom need not mean a slow crawl on combating corrupt government BY PETER O’BRIEN* The recent (May 12) London Summit on Anti-Corruption resulted in another small step in the right direction. About 40 countries were represented, along with a number of international sports associations and similar bodies that have come under … Continue reading Slow Crawl On Corruption