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UGANDA: OPM food scandal Officials face Anti-Corruption Court

Four officials from the office of the Prime Minister (OPM) accused of inflating prices of COVID-19 relief food will today appear before the Anti-Corruption Court to plead to the charges against them afresh.  They are Christine Guwatudde, the permanent secretary, Joel Wanjala, the undersecretary, Martin Owor, the commissioner disaster preparedness, and Fred Lutimba, the assistant commissioner in charge of procurement.   The group was initially charged at Buganda Road Chief Magistrate Court and released on bail but their case was later transferred to the Kololo based Anti-Corruption Court, which is better placed to handle corruption-related matters.    On Monday, the group appeared before Grade One Magistrate Sarah Namusobya to plead afresh to the charges but it...

UGANDA: Speaker of Parliament Kadaga speaks out on corrupt NRM members.

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has said some big shots in the ruling NRM party hate and are fighting her because they are corrupt and she detests corruption. Kadaga made the comments on Sunday afternoon while meeting NRM district leaders around the country at Speke Resort Hotel in Munyonyo. “I don’t like corruption and I speak against it. In this country we have people who are corrupt and some of them are highly placed. So when I speak against them, they say I don’t like the party but the party does not have an agenda for corruption. It is for individuals,”Kadaga said. Kadaga has in the past years clashed with a number of bigwigs in government and their squabbles have on many occasions gone public whereas on other occasions, President Museveni has had to intervene so sa...

AFRICA: Zimbabwe Fires Health Minister for Alleged Embezzlement

Dr Obadiah Moyo, Zimbabwe's Minister of Health and Childcare, has been fired following his involvement in a US$60-million deal for the procurement of Covid-19 medical supplies by Drax International, a company allegedly linked to the first family. A statement issued on 7 July by the Chief Secretary to the president and cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda, reads: "Please be advised that his excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa has removed Dr Obediah Moyo [sic] from the office of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect... for conduct inappropriate for a government Minister." Dr Moyo is currently out on bail of Zim$50,000 (US$2000). Dr Moyo is expected to appear in court on 31 July 2020. After he was arrested on Friday 19 June over allegations of attempting to embezzle government funds by awar...

UGANDA: Top OPM officials to face Anti-corruption Court

Four top officials in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), accused of fraudulent practices in connection with the procurement of relief food to people affected by Covid-19 lockdown, have been sent to the Anti-Corruption Court for trial. The officials include permanent secretary Christine Guwatudde, undersecretary and accounting officer Joel Wanjala, commissioner disaster preparedness and head of the Covid-19 taskforce Martin Owor, and Fred Lutimba, the assistant commissioner in-charge of procurement. The Grade One Magistrate at Buganda Road Court, Ms Doreen Olga Karungi, yesterday directed that the case file be transferred to the Kololo-based Anti-Corruption Court for trial. Reason for the transfer“There is a specialised court to handle these matters. So this case file is here...

ZAMBIA: Health Minister arrested for Corruption.

AFRICA, Zambia
Zambia’s health minister Chitalu Chilufya was arrested on Wednesday and charged with using ill-gotten gains to acquire property, the country’s anti-corruption commission said. Graft investigators honed in on Chilufya, 47, last month after noticing the minister had suddenly amassed a fortune. “Chilufya… was arrested today and charged with four counts of possession of property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime,” commission spokesman Jonathan Siame said in a statement. “The arrest follows investigations the commission has been conducting against the minister in relation to the above allegations.” Chilufya has been released on police bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 9. His lawyer was not immediately available for comment. If convicted, Chilufya cou...
POLITICS: Kattikiro Mayiga challenges Museveni on corruption.

POLITICS: Kattikiro Mayiga challenges Museveni on corruption.

The Kattikiro of Buganda Kingdom Charles Peter Mayiga has challenged the central government to strongly act in fighting corruption. This follows yesterday’s reassurance by president Museveni to fight corruption, at the liberation day celebrations held in Ibanda district. Speaking at the Buganda lukiiko, the Kattikiro challenged the president to prosecute his big people in government and to also to scare the junior officers. According to the 2019 Transparency InternationalCorruption Index report, Uganda is ranked 137th in 180 countries where the survey was conducted.
ANGOLA: The dos Santos scandal, a test for the fight against corruption in Angola.

ANGOLA: The dos Santos scandal, a test for the fight against corruption in Angola.

The case of Isabel dos Santos is a major test of Angolan President Joao Lourenço’s determination to fight corruption in an oil-producing country where one third of the population lives below the poverty line. Isabel dos Santos, 46, daughter of former president José Eduardo dos Santos, is accused of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering by her country’s judiciary, which is demanding her extradition. She denounces “a political attack”. The billionaire, nicknamed “The Princess,” who lives mainly between London and Dubai, is accused of “siphoning off Angola’s economy” and fraudulently accumulating a fortune estimated at 2.1 billion dollars (1.8 billion euros), according to the findings of an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), ...
NIGERIA: Corruption Index, Your ranking is baseless, Nigerian govt replies Transparency International

NIGERIA: Corruption Index, Your ranking is baseless, Nigerian govt replies Transparency International

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the anti-graft agency, EFCC, have condemned the Transparency International 2019 report that ranked Nigeria poorly on the fight against corruption. According to the latest anti-corruption watchdog index, Nigeria dropped two places from 144th to 146th position out of the 180 countries that were surveyed worldwide. In the 2019 Transparency International’s corruption perception index released on Thursday, Nigeria scored 26 out of 100 points, falling by one point compared to 2018. In the country comparison, Nigeria now ranks 146 out of 180 countries – two places down compared to 2018 results. Nigeria’s latest placement by the international body has drawn debates about the success of the fight against corruption in the ...
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