26th AU Summit: Time to Take the APRM off Life Support?

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – launched in 2002 with so much fanfare and hope by continental leaders such as South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo – is faltering. The last reports of the African Union’s governance programme into member countries’ performances in political, economic, corporate and social governance were conducted back in 2011 and issued in 2013, on Zambia and Tanzania.

The Gap in South Africa's Transparency Regime

The last time the United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa lodged a complaint with the Public Protector, it led to the eventual resignation of the chair of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula, who was found to be presiding over an ‘unmanaged conflict of interest.’

NGOs Urged to Deal With Corruption First

Zimbabwe’s local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwe, says civil society activists have no business in auditing national programmes such as the youth fund because no one audit NGOs when they loot donor funds.

Kasukuwere was heading the indigenisation ministry in 2009 when government, with the assistance of Old Mutual, disbursed US$11 million for youths' projects which 97 percent of the beneficiaries failed to repay.

Donor Funds: NGOs Fail to Account

According to a senior official of a regulatory board, millions of dollars sent to various non-governmental organisations in Kenya by donors cannot be accounted for.
NGO Coordination Board, executive director, Fazul Mohammed Yusuf, says the money, in excess of 23.6 billion Kenyan shillings (about US$224 391 450), could not be accounted for in the 2014 financial year.
Yusuf says they are also pursuing some organisations suspected to be financing acts of terrorism.

South Africa Ranks Fourth on the IIAG

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says that South Africa is the continent's fourth-best governed country on the African continent.

It its latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), the organisation ranks all 54 African countries using 15 years of data from 33 independent institutions.

The organisation notes that each country gets an overall score out of 100, with the total scores composed from four main categories (each with their own subcategories): safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

Zuma Accused Over Nkandla Recommendations

A Cape Town nonprofit organisation has accused President Jacob Zuma of acting unlawfully and irrationally by not implementing the public protector’s recommendation he should pay back a portion of the money spent to upgrade his Nkandla homestead.

The president is set to fight legal battles in both the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria and the Constitutional Court centrering around the powers of Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.

Wandi Will Not Resign - Kalabata

Zambia’s Anti Corruption Commission chairperson, Justice Timothy Kabalata, has disclosed that the Board of Commissioners has concluded that there are no valid reasons for Commission director general, Rosewin Wandi, to step down.

Kabalata argues that the director-general is a professional of high integrity and the Board has very high regard and confidence in her leadership and management of the affairs of the Commission.

President Can’t be Own Judge – Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called for the Executive Ethics Act to be amended so that "the president cannot be a judge in his own case."

Madonsela says that the president is the executive guardian of political ethics and there would be a clear conflict of interest if findings were made against him.

Members of the opposition proposed that parliament's rules be amended to include sanctions against the president should he fail to account to Parliament.

Autlwetse Not Aware of Funds Embezzlement

Botswana’s deputy minister of education and skills development, Kgotla Autlwetse, has told Parliament that he is not aware of any fund embezzlement at the Botswana Society for the Deaf in Francistown.
Autlwetse pointed out that the last audit done at the Francistown centre for Deaf Education (FCDE) was during the 2013/14 financial year by an Inter-ministerial Team following the rationalisation of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their alignment to line ministries.


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