Category Archives: Corruption

Zambia ex-VP avoids jail thanks to church


Former Zambian Vice-President Nevers Mumba has avoided prison after pleading that as a pastor, his congregation would suffer if he went to jail.

The cleric and politician was convicted on two counts of abuse of the authority of office by the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

The charges relate to his time when he served as Zambia’s ambassador to Canada between 2009 and 2011.

He was found guilty of awarding a contract to a Canadian company to do electrical works at the official residence of the high commissioner.

He was also found guilty of not following the correct procedure in the awarding of another contract for electrical and carpeting work, as well as the construction of a desk at the same residence.

After his guilty verdict was announced, Mumba pleaded in mitigation that his church members could not do without him.

The magistrate accepted this and Mumba, who served as vice-president between 2003 and 2004, will not serve any sentence as he was granted an absolute discharge.

Mumba is still involved in politics, and is now a faction leader of the former ruling party, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).

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Kenya banks fined over $78m corruption scandal


Kenya’s Central Bank has fined five commercial banks linked to an alleged $78m (£59m) corruption scandal involving the National Youth Service (NYS).

The missing funds were allegedly stolen in a scheme involving senior government officials and ghost suppliers.

Standard Chartered, Equity Bank, KCB Bank, Co-operative Bank and Diamond Trust Bank were collectively fined just under $4m.

They are accused of being conduits of fraudulent payments to suppliers of the NYS.

The NYS is an initiative by the government to train young people in life and business skills. It was part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s plan to fix Kenya’s high youth unemployment.

BBC Africa Business’s Hudheifa Aden says Kenya’s director of public prosecution is expected to determine the criminal culpability of the accused banks.

NYS boss Richard Ndubai, who was arrested in May, is among 20 officials already facing charges over the scandal.

High-profile Angolan journalist acquitted


One of Angola’s most well-known journalists Rafael Marques de Moraies and editor Mariano Bras Lourenço have been acquitted by a court in the capital, Luanda.

Marques de Morais, who runs the anti-corruption website Maka Angola, and Mariano Bras Lourenço, who is the editor of the weekly newspaper O Crime, were charged on 21 June 2017 for publishing an article alleging illegal land acquisition involving former Attorney General João Maria de Sousa.

A verdict and sentencing were expected to be read out today.

A Human Rights Watch official has tweeted a picture of the two journalists and comments from the presiding judge saying: “We can’t punish messengers of bad news.”

“Buhari is a joke of the century” – Ghanaians reacts to Buhari’s promise to help Ghana fight corruption



​It was remembered that President Buhari who arrived Ghana on Monday to honor the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary gave a speech as a Guest of Honour.

President Buhari while speaking at the Special Guest of Honour Speech during Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary Parade at the Black Star in Accra, applauded Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo and assured him that he will help Ghana fight corruption.

“I congratulate you on your efforts to fight corruption which has eaten into the public fibre…Your Excellency I can assure you that you have a good partner in me in tackling endemic corruption,” the President Buhari said.

However, in his bid to be of help to Ghana in fighting corruption in the country, Ghanaians have expressed their furiousness over the statement of President Buhari.

Many Ghanians who blasted Buhari warned him to leave Ghana with his people who they accused to have corrupted their country.

Many others reacting to the statement from Buhari told the President that he should not bring snakes, and monkeys to swallow Ghana’s money.

See the reactions in photos below;

Source: kingsleyiwu.com.ng

​Reps order probe into alleged N2b, $3.8m fraud by banks


           House of Representatives
• To investigate registration of underage voters

• Buhari pledges support for Ghana’ s anti – graft fight

The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the alleged loss of over N 2 billion and $ 3 . 8 million as a result of the non – payment of interest by banks from sale proceeds of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN ) successor firms .

The House resolved to set up a committee to investigate the matter and report back within six weeks.

The decision followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Mr. Chukwuka Onyema (PDP, Anambra ) at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara .

Onyema noted that the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 unbundled PHCN into 18 successor companies , comprising six generation companies, 12 distribution companies and a transmission company .

He said : “Following the divestiture of the Federal Government from PHCN through privatisation , the company was divided into separate companies known as Local Electricity Distribution Companies.

“The successor companies made payments to the Federal Government through Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity Bank, Stanbic IBTC , Access Bank, FCMB, Skye Bank, Sterling Bank, Zenith Bank and Unity Bank. ”

Onyema noted that the banks , in collaboration with officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria, allegedly diverted the interest of N 2 billion and $ 3 . 8 million that should have been paid to the Federal Government .

The House also resolved to set up a committee to investigate the alleged registration and issuance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to underage persons by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ).

The committee has five weeks to submit its report .

The decision followed a motion by Johnbull Tiemlong Shekarau (PDP, Plateau ).

Shekarau noted that Section 12 (1 ) of the Electoral Act 2010 provides that a person shall be registered as a voter , if such an individual has attained the age of 18 years.

He said : “Reports from the social , print and electronic media indicated that there were incidents of underage voters who presented themselves at polling units with PVCs in the recently conducted local government election in Kano State.

“The Director of Publicity and Voter Education at INEC , Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, while responding to questions on Africa Independent Television on the matter on February 15, 2018, said the underage voters were registered because the lives of the registration officers were being threatened . ”

Shekarau described the report as a national embarrassment , a threat to democracy and a danger to the lives of INEC officials . He also warned that the matter could undermine the credibility of forthcoming elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari , meanwhile , has pledged Nigeria’ s support to Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo – Addo , in the fight against corruption.

He made the disclosure in a speech at Ghana ’ s 61 st independence anniversary in Accra yesterday .

He said : “Your Excellency can be assured that you have a good partner in me , as I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption.

“Given all these public policies, it becomes reassuring that with the right leadership , Africa ’ s drive to eradicate poverty and entrench democracy is on course . ”

Buhari , who was the special guest of honour , recalled the historic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Ghana , urging the citizens of both countries to maintain the bond.

“It is, therefore , my strong desire that we owe it a duty to ensure that our good peoples continue to live in each other ’ s countries unhindered, ” he said , noting: “ Our newly rejuvenated Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation has already provided us with a good platform in resolving any differences, while focusing on our main developmental objectives . ”

Commenting on peace and security in West Africa , the president commended Akufo -Addo ’ s contribution to peace in neighbouring Togo .

“Permit me to put on record Ghana’ s untiring efforts in brokering peace in Togo by bringing all the warring parties to the negotiation table . I am appealing to the opposing parties in Togo to please come together and resolve their differences, so that Togo will move forward .

“In the same vein , I wish Nigeria and Ghana continue to provide the impetus in realising the objectives and ideals of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to ensure security, peace and development of our region , ” he said .

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu , quoted Buhari as commending Akufo -Addo on his achievements in the first year in office, and praising his fight against corruption with the passage of the Special Prosecutor ’ s Bill .

He said : “From Nigeria, I have watched closely your achievements, ranging from your ingenious approach to creating jobs for the teeming youths through various initiatives, including the repositioning of agriculture for modern farming , ‘ Farming for Jobs and Food’ , Senior High School ( SHS) free education , One- District – One- Factory, and One- Village – One- Dam , as well as the improvement being recorded in the republic’ s macroeconomic indicators .

“All these efforts , I am aware , have made Ghana to become a good destination for foreign direct investment , just like Nigeria. Accept my congratulations !”

Corruption will return automatically if PDP wins in 2019 – Minister


Amaechi.jpgAmaechi says the PDP is hungry for money and not power.Amaechi says the PDP is hungry for money and not power.

The minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi says corruption would return automatically if the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) returns to power.

Speaking to Pulse correspondent and other journalists in Abuja on Thursday, February 15, 2018, Amaechi said the PDP is not hungry for power but money.

“If we don’t win, corruption will come back automatically,” Amaechi announced.

“The way it will come back because the people (PDP) are out, they have been out for four years. They have never been out of government before. PDP never left government so now they are hungry, not hungry for power.

“In fact if you tell them that I want to keep power and I will give you money, they will say take power and give us the money,” he added.

The minister said Nigerians expected too much from the Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

“The problem was expectation. In fact, the president got worried and he called me and said ‘Amaechi go and reduce the expectation’ and I said ‘Oga I’m not a magician’.

“If we are not borrowing to pay salaries, it means we are generating our own money. I hope Nigerians remember under the past government oil was at $110, $120. But when we came oil was $58 per barrel.

“The highest that we have gotten is the mistake that happened in the last two weeks that it rose to &70 or 80 after one day it came down to a little over $50, instantly,” the minister said.

Amaechi admitted that the APC has made some mistakes but expressed optimism that the party would deliver on its mandate to Nigerians if reelected.

“Are we perfect? No. Have we made mistakes? Yes. Can we overcome the mistakes, we have made? Yes. Can we surmount the challenges we met in the office? Yes. But again we need more than four years to do that,” Amaechi announced.

When asked if the President has appointed him as the director-general of his campaign, Amaechi said: “That question is for the President to answer not me”.

source: Pulse.ng

​In Gambia 27 government officials sacked over corruption allegations


Authorities in Gambia have sacked 27 government officials including 10 permanent secretaries on suspicion of having fraudulently acquired official cars and other items, state television said on Tuesday.

The officials are being investigated by the National Intelligence Agency, a government source said.

President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia, a small country almost encircled by Senegal, for two decades since seizing power in a bloodless coup.

Gambia is due to hold elections in December, when Jammeh will run for a fifth term.