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Oil theft a big business that underwrites Nigeria’s criminal polity

With further progress in its electricity privatisation, increased food production due to investment in agriculture, and capital markets responding favourably to banks and bonds, it is easy to be drawn into the bubble of optimism that has built...

Senegal: EITI application

Senegal has submitted a candidature application to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The application will be considered by the EITI board at its next meeting in October. “As part of the EITI process, Senegal will publish...

Zambia: Banda corruption trial postponed until October

The trial of former president Rupiah Banda, which opened in April, has been suspended until October. Banda was charged with abuse of office in connection with a Nigerian oil deal with the Abuja-based Sarb Energy (AE 253/26). Former energy...

South Sudan oil revenue management bill passed

Parliament has passed a bill that aims to make the management of oil revenues more transparent, more than two years after the first oil sales from the newly independent country in July 2011. The Oil Revenue Management Bill, which was approved by...

Former South Sudan ministers charged with corruption

An investigation committee appointed by President Salva Kiir has recommended criminal proceedings against former cabinet affairs minister Deng Alor Kuol for an alleged ‘un-procedural’ transfer of $8m to Kenyan-based company Daffy Investment Group...

Senegal: Cabinet reshuffle following Touré’s appointment

New prime minister Aminata Touré has named a cabinet, including Maîmouna Ndoye Seck, head of the electricity regulator, as energy minister. The appointment of veteran human rights advocate Sidiki Kaba as justice minister suggests the crackdown...

QMA hits back at corruption allegations

The Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) has threatened Qatar’s Al-Arab newspaper with legal action after a 25 August article accused the QMA’s expatriate managers of corruption and nepotism. Qatari newspapers said the QMA sent two letters to Al-Arab...

Khelil exposed to justice as Italian and Algerian allegations mount

The unprecedented international warrant for the arrest of former energy and mines minister Chakib Khelil and 19 other individuals, including members of his family, brings the Algerian judiciary into line with aggressive corruption investigations...

Sasol in BEE partner scandal

Petrochemical giant Sasol, whose shares are listed on the Johannesburg and New York stock exchanges, has dropped its black economic empowerment (BEE) coal-handling partner Khotso Batho Mining Services after a long-running scandal covered in South...

Ethiopia: ERCA official sentenced

A senior team leader at the Ethiopian Revenue & Customs Authority (ERCA) was jailed for five-and-a-half years in late July for receiving bribes and abuse of power. The Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission arrested several ERCA...


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