Malawi President, Joyce Banda, face calls to resign, after an audit revealed at least US$30 million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials.
Barely three months before she asks voters to elect her for a second term, Banda faces calls from non-governmental groups to take responsibility for almost industrial-scale corruption on her watch.
A much-awaited report by British auditors - commissioned by Banda - showed that US$30 million was stolen in six months from April to September in 2013, her second year in office.
To read the article titled, “NGOs want Malawi's Banda to resign after US$30 million corruption scandal,” click here.Source:Times Live
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has obtained a final court order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of a former financial assistant who allegedly defrauded it with over R2.6 million.
The money Sinovuyo Ziyanda Mjali allegedly stole was intended for use in the organisation’s medical humanitarian work among migrants.
The North Gauteng High Court granted a final order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Mjali, pending the finalisation of a sequestration application against her.
The Swiss-based mission’s chief in Pretoria, Erick Ventura, says in court papers Mjali’s actions could have far reaching consequences, not only in the organisation, but also its relationship with South Africa.
To read the article titled, “Intern fleeces NGO of R2.6m,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Zimbabwean civil society groups have expressed their unrelenting disapproval of the breakdown of public accountability and called on the government to urgently set up a commission of enquiry into corporate corruption.
In a joint statement, 66 civil society groups states that the commission should investigate 'obscene salaries' and other underhand dealings in the local government and public sector.
The groups also called on the country’s President, Robert Mugabe, to break his silence on corruption, in which his aides and close allies have been named.
To read the article titled, “Civil society call for commission of enquiry Into corporate corruption,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Constitutional Court has been asked to set aside the awarding of a R10 billion social grants tender to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and order the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to re-advertise the tender afresh.
In a unanimous judgment in November 2013, the Constitutional Court found the tender awarded to CPS to be invalid, on the grounds that it was procedurally unfair.
The court then asked the parties concerned, including the losing bidder, AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Allpay), to return to court on 11 February 2014 with options for what the appropriate remedy should be.
To read the article titled, “ConCourt asked to 'turn its back' on unlawful grants tender,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Corruption Watch's executive director, David Lewis, believes that this is a cause for concern, furthermore while other reports stem from other parts of the country, Gauteng is perhaps deemed as most corrupt as a lot of public servants report to the province.
He further adds that, while South Africa’s corruption profile has dropped in the international index, South Africans themselves hold the perception that corruption in the country is deteriorating and this calls for a great incentive to combat it.
To read the article titled, “Gauteng among most corrupt provinces: Corruption Watch,” click here.Source:SABC News
President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is under pressure from foreign aid donors and is facing a tough re-election battle.
Banda has promised forensic audit of suspected government corruption over the last decade.
She says the audit, which is backed by Britain and the European Union, will help reveal the extent of corruption in the impoverished southern African state.
To read the article titled, “Malawi promises forensic audit as donors freeze funds,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Zambian women rights activist, Emily Sikazwe, has urged police to investigate unscrupulous and thieving non-governmental organisation (NGOs) leaders and make them account for donor funds.
Sikazwe, who is former Women for Change executive director, says thieving NGO leaders should be prosecuted and sent to jail for stealing and abusing donor funds.
She who is of the view that Zambia has adequate laws to stamp out corrupt activities among NGOs, is also calling for the beefing up of the Registrar of Societies so that the institution will be able to trace the sources of funding for NGOs.
To read the article titled, “Investigate thieving NGO leaders – Sikazwe,” click here.Source:Zambia Daily Mail
According to a report by Afrobarometer, nearly one-third of Africans in 34 countries have been forced to pay bribes, including for medical treatment.
The Afrobarometer report also found it was often the poorest citizens in each country who bore the brunt of efforts to shake down people for money at health clinics and hospitals.
Head of the Afrobarometer project in French-speaking Africa, Richard Houessou, declares medical treatment as the second most common reason cited after paying off officials to obtain a document or permit.
To read the article titled, “Afrobarometer: Bribery still rife in Africa,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Civil society organisations (CSOs) operating under the Grand Coalition are proposing a march to the Malawi State House to exert pressure on President Joyce Banda to resign and pave the way for an interim government if the State fails to conduct a fast-track trial on suspects involved in the looting of public resource - ‘the cash gate scam’.
The organisations want government to investigate and prosecute suspects involved in the con between July and September 2013 by end of this month.
Chairperson of the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations, Voice Mhone, says activists along with 13 CSOs plan to initiate a ‘Black Monday’ where Malawians dress in black every Monday to symbolise the death of the public purse after being looted by thieves.
To read the article titled, “National Malawi CSOs proposes occupy State House, Black Monday protests over cash-gate,” click here.Source:Nyasa Times
The National Anti-Corruption Forum has urged the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to be vigilant as the 2014 elections draw closer.
The forum says some politicians are beginning to interfere with the agency's work in a desperate attempt to push their parties' agendas.
The latest SASSA annual report has revealed that over 7 700 fraud and corruption cases were registered with the agency in the past year.
To read the article titled, “SASSA warned to be vigilant ahead of 2014 elections,” click here.Source:SABC News