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

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…

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

Caprikat, Foxwhelp & Aurora: The Tip of Africa’s ‘Panama Papers’ Iceberg?

The X, Y and Zumas of the ‘Panama Papers’ leak By AAT & AAF author, Michael-James Currie. During the week of 04 April 2016, headlines around the world reported on what may turn out to be one of the most significant developments in the fight to combat the use of offshore accounts for purposes of … Continue reading Caprikat, Foxwhelp & Aurora: The Tip of Africa’s ‘Panama Papers’ Iceberg?

$1 billion per year lost to corruption: a Nigerian saga

$1 billion per year lost to corruption Recently, AAF reported on the multi-faceted PR efforts of the new Buhari regime to clean up the soiled image of "corrupt Nigerian politics" -- among other things, by staging photo ops with World Bank leaders, charging former government officials with bribery, and moving ahead on basic appointments. Today, … Continue reading $1 billion per year lost to corruption: a Nigerian saga

Money laundering, $2bn phantom contracts, and Boko Haram

Nigeria moves on its anti-corruption promises: Former Defence Minister charged Reuters and BBC have reported that former Nigerian Defence Minister, Bello Haliru Mohammed -- a veterinarian by training who served in several ministerial positions, most recently under former President Goodluck Jonathan -- has been charged with money laundering and related corruption counts. He is no stranger to … Continue reading Money laundering, $2bn phantom contracts, and Boko Haram

From Managing Director to President: Get rid of corruption!

IMF's Lagarde to Nigeria's Buhari: Country needs to strike balance, yet ensure long-term anticorruption measures By Michael James Currie. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, welcomed Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign which has been significantly pushed by President Buhari who was elected in May 2015. The Buhari administration is moving towards developing a strong … Continue reading From Managing Director to President: Get rid of corruption!

‘Omar Dis-Appear’: Legal Effects of Africa’s Withdrawal from the ICC

'Omar Dis-Appear': The Potential Legal Effects of Africa’s Withdrawal from the International Criminal Court as a Result of the Omar Al-Bashir Debacle By Rui Lopes -- AAT & AAF contributing author ("The Fascinating Story of Thula Madonsela and Being Undermined") The mass withdrawal of the Rome Statute by African states leaves most of them with little to no … Continue reading ‘Omar Dis-Appear’: Legal Effects of Africa’s Withdrawal from the ICC

New cabinet positions announced, but no anti-corruption minister in sight

Key Nigerian ministerial positions announced, with long delay The swearing-in of Nigeria’s new members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet took place in his villa in Abuja, notably after an almost six-month delay (hence the popular moniker for the new leader, “Baba Go Slow”). As Andreas Stargard, a director with African anti-corruption advisors Pr1merio, points out, … Continue reading New cabinet positions announced, but no anti-corruption minister in sight