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Korruption & Misswirtschaft

Diese Medienberichte sollen deutlich machen, wie hemmungslos Herrschaftscliquen afrikanischer Länder sich am Vermögen ihrer Völker bereichern, und zugleich sollen sie auf das Versagen unserer Politiker hinweisen, auf diesen Skandal angemessen zu reagieren.
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15.10.2020
Angola

Angola’s anti-corruption crusade tide turns against João Lourenço

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07.10.2020
Südafrika

Korrupte ANC-Politiker verhaftet

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29.09.2020
Afrika

Afrikanische Staaten verlieren 89 Milliarden Dollar jährlich durch illegale Kapitalflucht

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25.09.2020
Congo DRC

Illicit DRC gold: London Bullion Market must do more to stop it

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24.09.2020
Kenya

Kenya officials accused of Covid-19 corruption

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16.09.2020
Mauretanie

Mauritanie, la saisie des fonds de l’ex Président Aziz

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16.09.2020
Afrika

Afrikas Schuldenlast drückt immer schwerer

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08.09.2020
Afrika

Die große Abzocke bei Rüstungsdeals

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02.09.2020
South Africa

Coronavirus in South Africa: Misuse of Covid-19 funds 'frightening'

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23.08.2020
South Africa

Ramaphosa: ANC deeply implicated in corruption

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20.08.2020
Mauretanie

L’incroyable liste des détournements de l’ex Président Aziz

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14.08.2020
Angola

José Filomeno dos Santos: Son of Angola's ex-leader jailed for five years

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06.08.2020
Niger

How a Notorious Arms Dealer Hijacked Niger’s Budget and Bought Weapons From Russia

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04.08.2020
Südafrika

Die Korruptionsskandale des ANC

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29.07.2020
Afrika

Wie Corona und Korruption einander begünstigen

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27.07.2020
Südafrika

Korruptionsskandal um Coronahilfe erschüttert Südafrika

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27.07.2020
Congo

‘Ebola business’ concerns resurface as new Congo outbreak spreads

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20.07.2020
Deutschland

BMZ-Brief zu Korruption

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17.07.2020
NIgeria

Nigeria’s EFCC boss suspended from office following secret tribunal

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09.07.2020
Republic of Congo

THE CYCLE OF KLEPTOCRACY: A CONGOLESE STATE AFFAIR

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07.07.2020
RDC

Où sont passés les millions de la lutte contre le coronavirus?


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06.07.2020
RDC

Le lanceur d’alerte Claude Mianzuila détenu à Mbuji-Mayi

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04.07.2020
Nigeria

Instagram star flaunted lavish lifestyle but was actually conspiring to launder hundreds of millions of dollars, US prosecutors say

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04.07.2020
Kenia

Korruption untergräbt den Kampf gegen Covid-19

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24.06.2020
Niger

Affaire audit - Ministère de Défense Nationale

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23.06.2020
3rd World

We know more about fraud and abuse in aid. It’s time to stop it.

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21.06.2020
Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe anti-corruption body starts audit of the rich

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21.06.2020
Kongo

Harte Strafe für Kabinettschef im Kongo

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20.06.2020
Zimbabwe

Coronavirus: Zimbabwe health minister in court on corruption charges


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18.06.2020
Afrique

Ces jets privés qui transportent les Présidents africains malgré l’épidémie

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18.06.2020
Congo

How ‘Ebola business’ threatens aid operations in Congo

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11.06.2020
Congo

Congo aid scam triggers sector-wide alarm

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03.06.2020
Angola

Isabel dos Santos mobilises her last line of loyal supporters

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31.05.2020
weltweit

Wie Journalisten Korruption mit Corona-Geld aufdecken sollen

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28.05.2020
Cameroun

Les milliards distribués aux députés font polémique

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25.05.2020
Niger

76 milliards de fcfa détournés

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13.05.2020
NIgeria

Nigeria arrests Chinese over $250.000 cash bribe for corruption cover-up

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13.05.2020
Angola

Angola: On the Trail of Stolen Billions

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12.05.2020
R d Congo

Soupçon du détournement de près de 50 millions de dollars

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09.05.2020
Ethiopia

Ethiopia jails ex-minister for corruption

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09.05.2020
Soudan

La corruption sous l'Ex-Président Béchir dépasse l'imagination

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08.05.2020
Nigeria

Abacha's loot

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07.05.2020
Zimbabwe

ZACC Arrests Registrar General Over Tender Irregularities

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06.05.2020
Afrika

Missbrauch von Corona-Hilfen

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08.04.2020
Gabon

Disparition de 353 conteneurs de bois précieux saisis par la justice

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02.04.2020
Mali

Contrats d’armement surfacturés au Mali : des proches d’IBK dans le viseur de la justice

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18.03.2020
 Kenya

Study reveals scale of foreign aid diversion offshore

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03.03.2020
Niger

L’armée ébranlée par un scandale de détournements sur les commandes d’armements

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08.02.2020
Rép. du Congo

Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso a été mis en examen par la justice française

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23.01.2020
Subsaharan Africa

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)

Bleak picture of inaction against corruption


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22.01.2020
Elfenbeinküste

Eine Stadt wie ein Freilichtmuseum des Grössenwahnsinns

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20.01.2020
Angola

"Luanda Leaks"

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20.01.2020
Angola

Deutsches Geld für reichste Frau Afrikas

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16.01.2020
Angola

Africa’s top billionaire uses Malta shell companies to hold diamonds ‘conflict’

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19.12.2019
Guinée équatoriale

« Biens mal acquis » : les « facilitateurs » français dans le viseur de la justice

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17.12.2019
Angola

Angola recovers more than $5bn in stolen assets

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15.12.2019
Zimbabwe

L’épouse du vice-président arrêtée pour corruption


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09.12.2019
Angola

José Filomeno dos Santos: Son of Angola's ex-leader in 'extraordinary' trial

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14.11.2019
Swasiland

König von Swasiland kauft 19 Rolls-Royce und 120 BMW, während sein Volk hungert

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01.10.2019
Kenya

«Die Korruption ist gewissermassen in unserem Staatsbudget enthalten»

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23.09.2019
Simbabwe

Mugabes Witwe darf angehäufte Reichtümer behalten

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22.09.2019
Republik Kongo

Sassou-Nguessos Krokodillederschuhe

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17.08.2019
Afrika

Diäten

Gut gepolstert: Abgeordnete in Afrika


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14.08.2019
Ghana

A corruption scandal is in the news in Ghana again

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05.08.2019
Ghana

Lessons to be learnt from Ghana’s excess electricity shambles

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01.08.2019
Mali

« le système est infesté par la corruption »


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07.07.2019
Gabon

L’entreprise Santullo réclame un demi-milliard d’euros de factures impayés à l’État gabonais

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10.06.2019
Afrika

Der Griff in die Staatskasse

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08.06.2019
Äquatorialguinea

Ärger für Diktatorensohn Prinz Protz

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09.05.2019
Gabon

Disparition de 353 conteneurs de bois précieux

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24.04.2019
Ghana

Mahama’s Minister Bypassed Parliament In Reviewing $200m Housing Deal

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20.04.2019
Sudan

Sudan crisis: Cash hoard found at al-Bashir's home

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28.03.2019
Gambia

Jammeh ‘ran the country like an organised crime syndicate’

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21.03.2019
South Sudan

South Sudan spends millions on cars, homes instead of peace

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05.03.2019
Liberia

Ex-Liberian president's son charged over missing money scandal

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05.02.2019
Südafrika

Erschreckende Einblicke in die Korruption in Südafrika

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01.02.2019
Nigeria

Nigeria: 22 millions de barils de pétrole volés en six mois

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29.01.2019
Mosambik

Wenn 500 Millionen Dollar einfach verschwinden

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28.01.2019
Liberia

Protesters ask George Weah about missing millions

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11.12.2018
Mozambique

Mozambique busts '30,000 ghost workers'

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05.12.2018
Uganda

Korruption und Flüchtlingshilfe

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26.11.2018
Nigeria

Nigeria could lose $6bn from 'corrupt' oil deal linked to fraud

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25.10.2018
Kamerun

Eine Villa als Lohn der Lüge

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15.10.2018
Südafrika

In Südafrika plündern Manager und Politiker die VBS Bank aus / 130 Millionen Euro Schaden.

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26.09.2018
Angola

L'arrestation du fils de dos Santos

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20.09.2018
Liberia

100 Millionen Dollar verschwunden

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18.09.2018
Zambia

UK suspends funding over corruption fears

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25.08.2018
Mosambik

Die Pleitegeier aus Maputo

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14.08.2018
Cameroon

Cameroon Calls on Mercury for Media Relations Work

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26.07.2018
Süd-Sudan

South Sudan spends $16m on cars for MPs

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11.06.2018
Kenya

National Youth Service scam

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26.05.2018
Westafrika

West Africa Leaks: Westafrikas verschwundene Steuergelder

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19.05.2018
NIgeria

Rückführung von veruntreutem Staatsvermögen

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04.04.2018
Niger

Un échangeur pour 42,5 milliards FCFA (= 64 Mio. Euro)

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24.03.2018
Zimbabwe

Police investigate former first lady Grace Mugabe

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18.02.2018
Cameroon

Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, likes to travel abroad.

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12.11.2017
Afrika

Paradise Papers

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05.11.2017
Afrika

Rotes Kreuz in Afrika veruntreut sechs Millionen Dollar

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27.10.2017
Guinée équatoriale

Teodorín Obiang condamné à trois ans de prison

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27.10.2017
Equatorial Guinea

President Obiang's son given suspended sentence in French trial


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25.10.2017
Afrika

Plündern als Prinzip

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17.10.2017
Afrika

Panama Papers

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27.09.2017
Afrika

Abgeordneten-Gehälter – Berlin bescheidener als Afrika

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17.09.2017
Kenya

le juge David Maraga retourne 5 millions de dollars

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12.09.2017
Sénégal

Président nomme son frère Aliou à la tête de la Caisse des dépôts

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28.08.2017
Nigeria

Nigeria seizes N7.6b from Diezani Alison-Madueke

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26.08.2017
Guinea

Illegale Zahlungen an Guineas Militärjunta

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19.08.2017
Angola

Angola – im Reich einer Clique

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14.08.2017
Kenia

Portrait Uhuru Kenyatta

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21.07.2017
Republic of Congo

$750 million in mining revenues fails to reach treasury

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27.06.2017
Nigeria

'mystery man' Kolawole 'Kola' Aluko

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27.06.2017
Angola

le parachute doré du président José Eduardo dos Santos


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27.06.2017
Niger

LE PRÉSIDENT MILLIARDAIRE DU NIGER

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26.06.2017
Congo

President’s daughter charged with corruption in France

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20.06.2017
Äquatorialguinea

Der korrupte Präsidentensohn

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03.06.2017
Canada

Des palais africains aux condos québécois

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28.04.2017
Tansania

Präsident entlässt Tausende Beamte - wegen gefälschter Abschlüsse

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13.04.2017
Nigeria

Nigeria's EFCC 'finds $43m in Lagos flat'

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23.01.2017
Gambia

Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh 'made off with millions and luxury cars'

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07.01.2017
Äquatorialguinea

Eine Pest namens Korruption

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28.12.2016
Nigeria

Nigeria streicht Zehntausenden „Geisterbeamten“ das Gehalt

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03.11.2016
Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea's VP Obiang's cars seized in Switzerland

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06.10.2016
Afrika

Nepotismus

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12.09.2016
South Sudan

Leaders Amass Great Wealth as Nation Suffers, Report Says

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23.08.2016
Malawi

Corruption getting worse

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05.06.2016
NIgeria

„Gestohlene“ 10 Milliarden

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04.06.2016
Nigeria

Nigeria says it has recovered $9.1 billion in stolen money and assets

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18.05.2016
Zimbabwe

Missing $15 billion diamond revenue

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25.04.2016
Nigeria

Une locomotive dans l'impasse ?

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22.04.2016
Afrika

Biens mal acquis : saisie à Paris et à Nice de propriétés de la famille Bongo

(mehr)

14.04.2016
Afrika

Afrikas Reiche plündern ihren Kontinent (Panama Papers)

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13.04.2016
Somalia

Aufbruchstimmung in Mogadiscio

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05.04.2016
Afrika

Panama Papers: Diese Afrikaner stehen unter Druck

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03.04.2016
Afrika

The Panama Papers

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06.10.2015
Ghana

Ghana suspends 7 high court judges over corruption accusations

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02.10.2015
Zimbabwe

Vice president’s 287-day hotel stay

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12.08.2015
Afrika

Bis zu 482 Prozent Wachstumsrate

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25.06.2015
Tunisia

Widespread Graft Benefited Tunisian Leader’s Family, Study Says

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22.06.2015


Wealthy Africans

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04.06.2015
Haiti

Die verschwundenen Millionen von Haiti

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01.06.2015
Angola

The severe inequality of the Angolan oil boom.

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13.05.2015
Benin

Détournement de fonds au Bénin: démission du ministre de l'Energie

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22.04.2015
Africa

Super-rich Africans splash out big bucks for luxury London homes

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23.03.2015
Senegal

Senegal's Karim Wade jailed for corruption

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23.03.2015
Senegal

Son of Senegal's ex-president Wade sentenced for corruption

(mehr)

17.03.2015
Nigeria

Genfer Justiz will 380 Millionen Dollar an Nigeria zurückgeben


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17.03.2015
Nigeria

Switzerland to return Sani Abacha 'loot' to Nigeria

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12.03.2015
South Africa

The salaries of the world's heads of state

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11.03.2015
Tunisie

Les biens mal acquis du clan Ben Ali

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14.02.2015
Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Loses Track of Millions in Ebola Funds

(mehr)

06.01.2015
Schweiz

Rekord-Schwarzgeld aus dem Süden

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16.12.2014
Developing World

Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012

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16.12.2014
Developing World

Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2003-2012

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01.12.2014
Nigeria

Zwölf Milliarden Dollar verschwunden

(mehr)

01.10.2014
Centrafrique

Samba-Panza, dos Santos et les 10 millions de dollars

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12.03.2014
Zimbabwe

$16 million for Mugabe family

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07.02.2014
Mali

Des indemnités et primes astronomiques pour les députés

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31.01.2014
Tanzania

Tanzanian shock at MPs' $98,000 pay-off

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24.01.2014
Niger

Disparition de 600 millions d'euros

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22.11.2013
South Africa

Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home: South African papers defy photo ban

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11.11.2013
Afrika

Korruption in Afrika

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03.10.2013
Kongo

Eine Milliarde Euro an europäischen Steuergeldern im Kongo versickert

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17.09.2013
Liberia

Liberian president's son quits as head of state oil firm

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15.09.2013
Senegal

Karim Wade doit justifier de l'origine de 150 millions d'euros supplémentaires


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08.07.2013
Africa

Global Witness's Charmian Gooch at TED Global 2013

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14.06.2013
Afrika

Grosse illegale Geldabflüsse

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02.06.2013
Libya

Libya asks South Africa to help recover Gaddafi riches

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19.05.2013
Niger

La fille d’un dignitaire nigérien interpellée en France avec un milliard de francs CFA

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19.05.2013
Afrika

Afrika, Kontinent der Steuerschlupflöcher

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01.05.2013
Kenya

New Kenyan lawmakers vote themselves free luxury car perk, worth $60,000

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15.04.2013
Senegal

Karim Wade arrested

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01.03.2013
Angola

Isabel dos Santos, Angola`s First Billionaire

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26.02.2013
NIger

21 fonctionnaires écroués pour détournement de fonds


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08.02.2013
Afrika

Wundersame Geldvermehrung

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21.12.2012
Uganda

Entwicklungshilfe: Wenn die EU Korruptionshilfe betreibt...


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08.12.2012
Afrika

Von den 30 korruptesten Staaten der Welt liegt die Hälfte in Afrika.

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28.11.2012
Uganda

‘Give our dollars back, you bad, bad hyena!’ (Opinion)

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11.11.2012
Uganda

Nine Corruption Scandals to Look Back At

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08.10.2012
Mali

Université de Bamako : Corruption à ciel ouvert

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02.10.2012
Südafrika

18,7 Mio. Euro Steuergelder für Zumas Privatdomizil

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28.09.2012
Afrika

Afrikas 200 versteckte Milliardäre

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01.09.2012
Angola

Auf Öl gebaut

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13.07.2012
Guinée équatoriale

Biens mal acquis : mandat d'arrêt contre le fils du président de Guinée équatoriale

(mehr)

15.05.2012
Côte d'Ivoire

Plus de 700 millions FCFA sur un compte bancaire de Laurent Gbagbo


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11.05.2012
Niger

Présidents détournent le budget

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02.05.2012
Cameroun

Les baskets Sawa font l'audacieux pari du « made in Africa »

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29.03.2012
Libye

L'Italie saisit pour 1,1 milliard d'euros de biens de la famille Kadhafi


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02.03.2012
Gabon, Rép. du Congo

Comment Sassou-Nguesso et Bongo se seraient enrichis

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10.02.2012
Cameroun

Les détournements de fonds publics, au moins 2,8 milliards d'euros


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23.01.2012
Tchad

12 MILLIARDS DE FRANCS CFA POUR LE MARIAGE DU PRÉSIDENT DÉBY

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29.12.2011
Niger

DECLARATION DES BIENS DES MEMBRES DU GOUVERNEMENT:
OMAR HAMIDOU TCHANA, MINISTRE D'ETAT, MINISTRE DES MINES ET DU DEVELOPPEMENT INDUSTRIEL


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02.11.2011
Äquatorialguinea

Kein Bugatti für Afrika

(mehr)

13.09.2011
France

Chirac, Villepin et Le Pen accusés de financements occultes

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28.07.2011
Uganda

"Entwicklungshilfe": Russische Kampfjets für Uganda

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09.06.2011
France

Biens mal acquis

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09.06.2011
France

Biens mal acquis

(mehr)

04.05.2011
Afrika

Potentatengelder

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01.05.2011
Afrika

Niebel stellt Promi-Fonds Ultimatum

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11.03.2011
Afrika

Die Milliarden der Diktatoren

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07.03.2011
Afrika

Vom Reichtum auf dem Kontinent des Hungers

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28.02.2011
Äquatorialguinea

Äquatorialguineas Herrscher lieben den Luxus.

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22.02.2011
Guinea

Guinea bankrupted by junta - President Alpha Conde

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10.02.2011
Kamerun

Milliarden Euro an Staatsgeldern veruntreut

(mehr)

08.02.2011
Nigeria

Riches Flow Into Nigeria, but Are Lost After Arrival

(mehr)

01.02.2011
Ägypten

Familie Mubarak hat vorgesorgt

(mehr)

24.01.2011
Afrika

Global Fund statement on abuse of funds in some countries

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03.01.2011
Elfenbeinküste

Gbagbos schwarze Kassen

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30.12.2010
Afrika

Afrikas Despoten können's nicht lassen

(mehr)

29.12.2010
Gabon

Selon WikiLeaks, Omar Bongo aurait détourné des fonds au profit de partis français

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21.12.2010
Britannien

Diktatoren bevorzugen London


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20.12.2010
Kenya

2,500 to be sacked in Kenyan ministry employment scandal

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19.12.2010
Kenya

Graft in education

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10.11.2010


Biens mal acquis

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06.09.2010
Mali

Important détournement de fonds au ministère de la Santé

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08.06.2010
Africa

World Bank and Switzerland Call for Action Against Asset Theft and Corruption

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08.06.2010
Africa

About 16.2 billion - 32.4 Euros stolen every year through bribery etc.

(mehr)

03.06.2010
Sénégal

Le Sénégal gaspille toujours

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14.05.2010
Liberia

A second term for Sirleaf

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12.05.2010
Tanzania

Kikwete's foreign trips gobble billions

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25.02.2010
Sénégal

An outsize statue symbolises the defects of the president and his family

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10.12.2009
Africa

African Leaders are saboteurs and enemies of progress

Africa Image Live

By Lord Aikins Adusei

It is a waste of time to argue that there is anything remarkable or worth emulating about the brand of leadership that is seen in Africa. Throughout Africa not a single country has been able to deliver its people from poverty, malnutrition and diseases. Almost all countries in Africa South of the Sahara are facing deep poverty and that includes resource rich counties like Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Senegal, Gabon, Cameroon, Ghana, and even South Africa.

Everywhere in the world whenever the word Africa is mentioned four words come to mind: poverty, hunger, wars and diseases. Apart from Botswana where the leaders have relatively been able to use their resources to advance the development of their people, the rest of Africa is nothing but misery. Misery in sense that the average African is hardly able to live one-third of the comfort that a citizen of the global north (US, Canada and Europe) is able to enjoy in his/her lifetime. Apart from the corrupt politicians, dictators and their cronies who live in luxury, the rest of the population have to survive the harsh realities of the African economy on less than two dollars a day.

Why is black Africa so different? Any time the question of poverty is raised black African leaders are quick to point to colonialism and slavery. But it is a fact that the era in which everything is blamed on colonialism and slavery is past and gone. India, South Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong were all colonised yet they have been able to shake themselves of what Damisa Moyo terms the 'four apocalypse of hunger, disease, war and poverty'.

A visit to rural parts of Ghana shows that very little has changed economically since independence more than 50 years ago. In spite of the availability of tractors and other advanced farming technologies that can be employed to increase productivity, farmers in Ghana still cultivate and harvest their crops with cutlasses and hoes, tools their forefathers used before they were colonised. The situation in Niger, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Togo and Benin is not different from that of Ghana. The extreme poverty and deprivation in countries in the Horn of Africa region and Ethiopia in particular continue to baffle economists and development thinkers after so much aid money has been poured into that region to no avail as politicians divert aid money into their own private bank accounts.

Any major study about why Africa is so different from the rest of the world points to the kind of leadership that exist in Africa. The leaders in Africa love power and will do anything to get it: rigging elections, organizing thugs to cause mayhem and violence, refusing to step down when their term of office end. The likes are Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, Mamadou Tandja of Niger and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe who employed violence and intimidation against members of opposition parties after loosing elections.

The leaders love to be worshipped and served as kings even though they claim to be servants of the people. They love to live in fine palaces, drive in convoys, attend state functions, deliver long speeches yet do not raise a finger to fight poverty and deprivation that are so common in their countries especially in rural areas.

African politicians and traditional leaders and those in control of economic and political affairs are always interested in titles and the financial rewards that go with their office not the responsibilities attached to the office. Ghana's current President is a Law Professor but he seems to have no clue on how to move his country forward. He is surrounded by others with academic titles similar to his but the ministries, departments and the sectors they head have not changed since they took office earlier this year.

Malawi's president holds a doctorate degree but his country is no different from that of Togo, DRC or Gabon which are all being governed poorly by children of former dictators and thieves who took decades to mismanage their countries' economies and resources. Nigeria's current president has been titled "the first graduate president of Nigeria" but Nigeria with all its oil revenue and human resource is still steep in poverty, sometimes not even finding enough petrol to feed her economy despite being the biggest oil producer in Africa.

This contrasts the president of Brazil, Lula Da Silva who used to be a shoe shine boy and street vendor but is increasingly turning his country into economic power house thereby steering his country into economic independence and freedom. Where did Yar' Dua leave his thinking cap when he became president or what did he graduated from? I want to know because I still wonder why they are not applying what they learnt in school to free their countries from the international disgrace and weakness that have come to be associated with the continent. A poor Cuban seeking to leave her communist country said she "would be prepared to go anywhere except Africa". When asked why she said "how can I jump out of a frying pan into fire?" Meaning she cannot leave a bad situation in Cuba and get into a worse one in Africa.

In a conversation with a female Professor in Stockholm, Sweden about the poverty situation in Africa she asked angrily "well the leadership in Gabon claim to have used the huge oil revenue for infrastructure investment but is that the reality on the ground?" She continued, "Democratic Republic of Congo is a mess, Angola, Congo and Equatorial Guinea are an eyesore and as for Nigeria well I reserve my comment".

Most of these leaders make annual pilgrimage to London, Washington, Tokyo, Berlin, Beijing and see the infrastructures and the living standards of the people in these countries yet nothing pricks them to help their countries to do the same. When they are sick they are quick to take the next available plane to America, Europe or North Africa for treatment but forget to build the same hospitals and other institutions and infrastructures for the good of their countries. After blaming their monumental failures on colonialism and slavery they have now found a new scapegoat: climate change and with it they can continue with their decades of inaction without having to lose anything.

Yoweri Museveni seems to be okay living in his palace enjoying almost three decades of his loot of Ugandan resources with his family and cronies. Obiang Nguema and his circle of friends live in their mansions surrounded by bodyguards yet the only 600, 000 people in his oil rich country live in 18th century conditions and likewise Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville and Dos Santos of Angola.

The black African leader will accept bribe from companies and interest groups to stop implementing policies, programmes and projects that could help alleviate poverty in his country. The failure of Omar Bongo of Gabon to make his country the Switzerland of Africa can largely be linked to the hundreds of millions of dollars he received as bribe from Elf which allowed the company to loot Gabon's oil proceeds.

It is sad despite being the continent's biggest oil exporter Nigeria does not have a well developed petrochemical industry and has to import most of her oil products abroad. How come Cameroon is so poor when the country exports oil every day? How come Equatorial Guinea is so poor when it is the third biggest oil exporting nation in Africa?

How come Angola is caught up in deep poverty when oil revenues bring the country billions of dollars annually? How come Nigerians live in 18th century environment when oil proceeds flow into the country every day? The answer is the leaders. They are corrupt, power hungry, arrogant, ignorant, illiterate and visionless buffoons, who can neither think out of the box or understand what it means to be president, prime minister, senator, MP, councillor, Assemblyman, or a chief and who prey on the ignorance and powerlessness of their people to stay in power while amassing wealth at the expense of their countries. Chief among them is Yahyah Jammeh a murderer, blood sucker, sometimes a president, sometimes HIV/AIDS healer who makes a mockery of himself and the seat of the presidency in The Gambia and who like the rest of his colleagues in Guinea, Guinea Bissau, CAR, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mauritania and Ivory Coast cannot devise plans to steer their countries out of economic predicament.

Yar´Dua of Nigeria has decided to buy four presidential jets even though many schools in his corruption ridden country do not have computers, books and vehicles.

These leaders are what Ghanaians call 'Konongo kaya' which literally means saboteurs who will not raise a finger to do anything to help their countries and yet will not allow others to do it. Saboteurs whose continuous stay in power is the cause of Africa's woes and underdevelopment. Saboteurs and enemies of progress and development who are interested in accumulating power while doing nothing to help their countries. Enemies of progress who prefer stealing from their poor countries and bank their ill-gotten wealth in Western countries to using the money to invest in infrastructures and projects that will benefit the poor.

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