HRW: The Swiss didn’t go far enough in Obiang case

HRW: The Swiss didn’t go far enough in Obiang case

Did Swiss courts go far enough in their decision to seize assets from Teodorin Nguema Obiang, the vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of its president of nearly four decades? Not according to Human Rights Watch, which said Friday that Swiss prosecutors – though they established some hefty consequences…

So far, African leaders are silent as world weighs in on Venezuela

So far, African leaders are silent as world weighs in on Venezuela

African nations have thus far remained silent on Venezuela, as global leaders declare their loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro or offer their recognition of a new government under Juan Guiado, the national assembly leader who declared his own interim presidency on Wednesday. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended his congratulations…

Brazil’s Lula sees new corruption charges tied to Equatorial Guinea

Brazil’s Lula sees new corruption charges tied to Equatorial Guinea

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, imprisoned earlier this year after a corruption scandal, now faces new charges that allegedly involved benefits for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea. Federal prosecutors charged Lula with money laundering after he accepted USD$260,000 as a donation to his Lula Foundation…

African leaders welcome Bolsonaro, but concerns over the ‘new’ Brazil

Among the first heads of state to congratulate Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro on Monday was President João Lourenço of Angola, leader of one of the six Lusophone nations in Africa that share membership in the Portuguese-speaking community (CPLP) and its most influential. Lourenço said he hopes the Bolsonaro victory will…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Equatorial Guinea still suffers as Brazil seizes Obiang cash stash

Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of Equatorial Guinea’s president and the country’s vice president himself, is immersed in scandal again. This time Brazilian authorities seized USD$1.4 million found in a suitcase as his delegation arrived at Viracopos International Airport in Campinas on Friday. Obiang also traveled with about 20 luxury…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Togo aid group awarded World Water Grand Prize

A humanitarian organization in Togo has been named winner of the Kyoto World Water Grand Prize, jointly awarded by Water Forum Japan (JWF) and the World Water Council (WWC). Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse (CCPD) will receive the USD$18,700 prize after being selected from among 144 projects in 46 countries. “The African organization…