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
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
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
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 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
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
Understanding the Context: AAF’s Review of the U.N. Report entitled “Measuring Corruption In Africa: The International Dimension Matters”, by the United Nations Economic Commission For Africa, March 2016 By Peter O’Brien* Economics and politics experience fashion changes at a pace that makes clothes designers envious. And, like the designers garments, some of “today’s problems” … Continue reading Understanding the Context: AAF reviews U.N. Report “Measuring Corruption In Africa”
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?
Inside & Outside the Circles of Corruption By Peter O'Brien, Pr1merio chief Economics & Trade advisor. Many widely quoted assessments of corruption rank African countries poorly. These ratings are based mainly on indicators related to the ways in which business contracts, especially those involving government funds, are concluded. The suggestion is that resources are wasted … Continue reading Circles of Corruption: how does Africa stack up against the OECD?
$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