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…

Angola: It’s time for effective action from João Lourenço

By Miguel Sanz João Lourenço has been president of Angola since September 2017. About one year later, he cemented his hold on power by taking over the chairmanship of the ruling Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA). Although he reshuffled the government, for instance by replacing the transport minister, and the…

Ramaphosa, Zuma show of unity slammed by SA opposition

Former South African president Jacob Zuma joined his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a show of African National Congress unity on Tuesday as the ANC celebrated its anniversary in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The celebration at the Ohlange Institute – a site founded by the first ANC president in 1912 –…

Gécamines chief pushes back at NGO claims of corruption

The Congolese mining entity Gécamines issued a scathing rebuke to international NGOs on Wednesday, with a report that seeks to debunk the years of allegations about corruption and missing millions. The 60-page report begins with an introduction from Albert Yuma-Mulimbi, a close ally of outgoing President Joseph Kabila and the…

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…

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

Corruption fuels African conflict, experts tell UNSC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic serve as examples of how corruption is at the root of conflict, making war “good business” for profiteers who perpetuate atrocities. That’s according to John Prendergast, who with actor George Clooney co-founded the investigative work at The…

Top officials face arrest on Kenya railway deal corruption charges

Prosecutors in Kenya have called for the arrest of more than a dozen people, including the heads of the National Land Commission (NLC) and managing director of the state-owned Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), following a fraud and corruption investigation into the country’s USD$3.2 billion railroad project. NLC Chairman Mohammed Abdalla…

Smoke and Mirrors: Can South Africa’s cigarette tax collector save itself?

It’s a story with all the hallmarks of a supermarket tabloid: sex, betrayal, spies and smuggled cigarettes. Yet the turmoil at the South African Revenue Service (Sars) has resulted in a very real crisis, centering on a deluge of illegal cigarettes which, according to a new report, have cost the…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Sierra Leone cracks down on corruption, APC officials arrested

In Sierra Leone, former vice president Victor Foh and former mines minister Mansaray Minkailu were arrested Thursday as part of new President Julius Maada Bio’s aggressive crackdown on corruption. Despite claims that the arrests are politically motivated, Maada Bio – the Sierra Leone People’s Party candidate elected in a disputed…

DA presses Ramaphosa to stop paying Zuma fees

The Democratic Alliance (DA) party in South Africa balks at the idea of taxpayers continuing to foot the legal bill for former President Jacob Zuma, and has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to reconsider his decision to do so. “In March, the DA filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court…