South Africa: The ANC Is in an Untenable Political Crisis, Zuma Must Step Down – Stalwarts

ANC stalwarts and veterans have once again called for President Jacob Zuma to step down with immediate effect.

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This call forms one of many resolutions adopted at their national consultative conference which was held over the past three days in Braamfontein.

Former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe attended the event, along with several National Executive Committee members, in their personal capacity, including ANC presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Bheki Cele and Deputy National Assembly Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli.

The veterans, who were also joined by several civil society groups, the SACP, labour federation Cosatu and Sanco said they had come together “out of love and concern” for South Africa and the ANC.

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They discussed issues ranging from the state of the economy, leadership in the ANC, electoral reform, and challenges the country was experiencing in its attempt to build a non-racial society.

However, the recurring concern for delegates in the room remained Zuma’s protracted stay as head of the ANC and the country.

ANC supporters mostly focused their attention on the issue of leadership; even as the different commissions gave report backs and asked for input.

“There is no leadership crisis, we just elected the wrong leaders,” Deputy Minister of Energy Thembi Majola said from the floor, during the conference.

Another man in the audience dismissed concerns over ANC policies, claiming they were not the problem.

“Remove the pigs before you implement these beautiful policies,” he said.

‘Betrayal’

The ANC’s Billy Ramokgopa, who read out the declarations, said the elders of the liberation movement were deeply hurt by what they regarded as a “betrayal” of the people’s long-standing support and trust in the 105-year-old political party.

“We observe that the current elected leadership of the ANC is paralysed and unable to deal with ill-discipline, incompetence and corruption that point directly to the highest offices in the land,” read Ramokgopa.

The stalwarts gathering, which was also well attended by young members, was not endorsed by the ANC’s NEC, which refused to grant its former leaders a conference that was not linked to the policy conference.

The NEC insisted that two days at the ANC’s June policy conference was enough to discuss the moral degeneration within the party and decline in support.

Ramokgopa decried the state of education in the country, the levels of crime, the mismanagement of the economy and a leadership that “lacked honesty, integrity and a vision for the future”.

Focusing on those in charge of the ANC, he said they had seen the crisis in the party cause “immense” damage to South Africa, which Ramokgopa said was the result of systematic looting, the unparalleled capture of state institutions, assassinations, failure to implement transformative social and economic programmes as well as the diminishing stature and reputation of the country and the ANC in the eyes of South Africans, the continent and world.

“The ANC has relinquished its leadership of society and plunged itself into an untenable political crisis,” said Ramokgopa.

Self-introspection needed

The stalwarts, in an attempt to solve the crisis, proposed a range of suggestions which could be explored.

These included – working with its numerous partners who have a shared historic vision with the party, constant introspection, that a committee be established at the ANC’s national elective conference taking place in a few weeks’ time to design and develop a renewal document “for the sake of our future” and a plan of action, which must be monitored and thorough renewal of ANC structures including its branches.

Stalwarts also want the party’s integrity commission to be an independent constitutional structure within the party with the capacity to act independently “from and without” the influence of the ANC NEC.

The veterans also advocated for “one member, one vote” to be the approach adopted by the party when it comes to the election of members of the ANC’s executive, and for the president of the party to be voted for directly by the people during elections instead of the party, and that his powers be moderated.

The ANC belongs to the people

Former General of the ANC’s liberation army Umkhonto weSizwe and South African National Defence Force chief Siphiwe Nyanda decried those who told stalwarts that their conference was illegitimate.

“[They are] saying we had no right to use the [ANC] banners but this is our organisation. The ANC is ours,” he said to applause.

He said as elders they had been watching the ANC steer “this ship towards a huge iceberg” and that they were trying to prevent a crash from happening, but the ANC’s NEC wanted to distance itself away from them.

“We want to rescue this organisation,” he said in the conference’s closing remarks.

He also praised Mbeki who earlier said: “The ANC was captured by a dominant faction which was in fact not ANC”.

“He [Mbeki] was right,” Nyanda said.

“The ANC has been captured by a clique that is very un-ANC.”

Nyanda also said the current leaders had no right to claim the ANC, as it belongs to the people of the country and the continent.

Source :  News24wire

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The Wages of Shielding Corrupt Persons

In 1996, when Jose Maria Aznar became the Prime Minister of Spain, the country was ranked among the poorest in Europe.

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Weighed down by the home grown separatists, deteriorating economy and penetrating poverty, Spain was not in the competition within Europe.

However, within a space of five years,  Aznar made the difference. He turned around the economy of Spain, and effectively curtailed the activities of terrorists in the Basque region. At a point in time, the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) of Spain was more than those of Canada and Russia.

Spain regained its frontline position in Europe, while its citizens had a refreshing  new lease of life,  for the period  it lasted.

With this as a background,  the present administration in Nigeria has since its inception on May 29th, 2015, focused on corrupt elements outside the corridors of power.

Curiously, happenings have indicated that no political office holder either former or serving, who belongs to the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) has come under the searchlight of the anti-graft agency-the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC). The EFCC has been ferocious, in its hunt for  those in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP). Blackmail, intimidation and threats are now tools in the hands of those with the wherewithal, to whip dissenting voices to submission.

Of worry, is the visible signs of corruption that are present in every nook and cranny of most states of the Federation.

A dangerous method on parade presently, is the public indictment of targeted passt or serving politically exposed persons, in a bid to frighten them to part ways with their political ambitions. Also of note, is the existence of the ‘untouchables’, these are the individuals who bankrolled the present administration to power.

Out of self preservation, those indicted and the ‘untouchables’, support the ‘status quo’, while their ‘wrong doings’  are discreetly, swept under the carpet. Among the lot are ‘spoilers’ and thos co-opted to mislead the citizenry.

With this as the latest  template, the present administration, as could be observed from  happenings, has continuously exhibited its inability to be sincere in its fight against corruption in the land.

Sadly, Nigeria might not be able to follow the path of Spain, as long as identified corrupt persons remain in Government and are vigorously shielded from prosecution.

The Corrupt Class Funded President’s Buhari’s Election-Cleric

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As Nigerians continue to knock the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration’s elective fight against corruption, the spiritual head and founder of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke, in this interview with Federationews2day, says that the present administration’s corruption fight,  has the traces of  the corrupt class who funded its emergence. Excerpts:

Nigerians are expressing worries  over the present administration’s continued selective corruption war, what do you think is wrong ?

It is unfortunate that the All Progressives Congress(APC) was formed on the basis of looking for credible people, they were able to get that in President Muhammadu Buhari, but how to win the election depended mainly on who could fund the party. Unfortunattely, most of those people, who have the strenght to do it,  belong to the corrupt class of the nation. It happened in Singapore, when Lee  Kuan Yew wanted to moun the reign of power, he had nothing, but was sponsored by those  who had amassed ill gotten wealth. Fortunately for them they were able to have a memorandum of Understnading(MOU) and they agreed with him, to suppor the cause of sanitizing the country in order that Singapore would be great again . That was how they were able to have their way. Singapore today, is a country that competes with the developed world, but in the case of Nigeria, the same scenario of change is not in play. Unfortunately, the big wigs in the pary are not ready to, let go of their ill gotten wealth.

At a time the President became ill, the illness was not natural, it was not, from God.  And that is why he cried out. When you fight corruption, corruption may want to fight back. If not for God, the illness would have c onsumed him and that would  have been to the advantage of the cabal and cartel, who would have returned to their free meal of ill-gotten wealth,amidst the turbulence surrounding this Government of President Buhari. Despite the fact that he survived the death threat and fire, his manliness began to fail him into mortgaging his conscience.

By now, dily dallying with the cabal, in taking some decisions, most especiallt the delayed ones. It is unfortunate, that his people are not helping him to succeed in the anti-corrution war, because they are damned to many and  too powerful.  Unfortunately, nobody wants to die again for the antion.  A comparative analysis of Nigeria and some  other nations, shows Nigeria as a  nation that has failed the test of corporate governance, leading us into the stage of building strong individuals, rather than strong institutions.

Buhari Should First Deal With His Appointees Who Are Corrupt-CAN President

The President of Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Rev. Samson Ayokunle has advised President Muhammadu Buhari, to, in the first instance, deal with his appointees who are corrupt,  before he takes the fight to other places.

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Rev. Ayokunle made this call in a chat with Journalists at the 12th convocation of Bowen University, Iwo in Osun State.

“We need to caution the President in particular that the fight against corruption may not be too far away from around him. Those hands that are not right around him, he should be courageous enough to deal with them.

“The signs that we are seeing, because we are not babies, the hand writing that we are seeing is that he has to, first of all, he should deal with the corrupt persons around him before he will be able to deal with those in distant places. He is doing a good job in that area but he must do more”, Rev Ayokunle concluded.

Equatorial Guinea VP Teodorin Obiang sentenced in France

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A French court has handed down a three-year suspended jail term to Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President Teodorin Obiang for corruption.

The 48-year-old, known for his lavish tastes, is the son of the oil-rich West African country’s president.

He was absent from the trial, where he was found guilty of embezzlement.

His assets in France will be seized, including a mansion on Avenue Foch in Paris. He also got a suspended fine of 30m euros (£27m; $35m).

In November, Swiss prosecutors seized 11 luxury cars belonging to Mr Obiang. They said he had plundered his country’s oil wealth to buy luxuries, including a private jet and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

Equatorial Guinea’s President, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, is Africa’s longest-serving leader and human rights groups accuse him of systematic repression of opponents.

The Paris judge found that the president’s son had used his position as agriculture and forestry minister to siphon off payments from timber firms who were exporting from Equatorial Guinea.

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Mr Obiang’s forestry company Somagui Forestal was “an empty shell used solely to channel public money”, prosecutors said.

The case against him was triggered by anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International and a similar NGO, called Sherpa.

Mr Obiang denied the charges, saying his wealth had come from legitimate sources. His lawyers accused France of “meddling in the affairs of a sovereign state”, AFP news agency reported.

In 2000-2011 Mr Obiang acquired a collection of luxury assets and properties in France, including the €25m Avenue Foch mansion. He also boasted 18 luxury cars in France, artworks, jewellery and expensive designer fashions, the court found.

It is the first of three French investigations into the alleged “ill-gotten gains” of long-standing African leaders and their families.

The French daily Le Monde reports that the family of Gabon President Ali Bongo has 39 French luxury properties, while 24 are owned by the family of Congo-Brazzaville’s President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. They also have about 200 bank accounts, French police say.

Source : bbc.com

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How the IMF can have real impact on fighting corruption

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is meeting in Washington DC this week. We want to send a strong message about what the multi-lateral lender can do to have greater impact on fighting corruption.

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Yesterday, Wednesday October 11, we handed Christine Lagarde a summary of this article. She publicly thanked us then. Now it is time to deliver.

The IMF is making all the right noises. Since making anti-corruption commitments  at a summit  in London in 2016, it has ramped up its tweets, blogs, videos, and speeches about corruption.

Now it is time to act.

Next year, the IMF will issue a new set of governance guidance to the countries it lends money to, for the first time since 1997. Transparency International wants these to include two strong anti-corruption measures that can be measured and monitored. A third related area of concern is the need for much stronger transparency and accountability measures around Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for large-scale infrastructure investments.

Establish strong anti-corruption guidelines for country assessment teams

When any IMF team visits a country, whether to decide terms for its funding or as part of its regular reviews, these teams must start thoroughly evaluating the government’s anti-corruption measures.

Up until now the IMF has not been consistent across countries in its approach to assessing corruption, according to its own review   published earlier this year. IMF reports have also used euphemisms such as “need for a level playing field”, instead of describing the specific corruption issue and the actions needed to address it.

IMF country assessment teams have also struggled to interpret the scope of their task, because the IMF understands its anti-corruption engagement to be limited to situations “where it is assessed to have a significant macroeconomic impact.”

This has to change.

We advocate for a standardized, core set of initial open-ended review questions that would increase equal treatment across countries, and help the IMF identify where a country needs further anti-corruption policy support.

Increase the focus on cross-border drivers of corruption in IMF country reviews

In its country reports, the IMF must begin regularly including an assessment of the anti-money laundering measures the government has taken.

At the London Summit, the IMF recognized the relationship between anti-money laundering and anti-corruption. But it continues to treat them primarily as domestic issues and has rarely addressed cross-border drivers of corruption in its country surveillance (known as “Article IV” reports).

Most Grand Corruption schemes would not be feasible without a way to launder the proceeds. More than two-thirds of the large-scale corruption cases analyzed by the World Bank included the use of an anonymous shell company, often located in an offshore jurisdiction.

Corruption cases also frequently involve professional cross-border facilitators– lawyers, accountants and wealth managers. Similar actors and methods are used to launder the proceeds of crime and tax evasion, as recently recognised in a speech by the IMF Managing Director.

An increased focus on anti-money laundering effectiveness would not require an in-depth assessment to be carried out every year. For example, the IMF could get input from civil society to help prioritize the recommendations arising from other relevant reports, and then use annual reviews to keep track of how these priority recommendations are being implemented.

Ensure that Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) are fully transparent and undergo scrutiny for corruptions risks

Public Private Partnerships are long-term arranegments  for the private sector to provide infrastructure and services, from hospitals and schools to bridges and highways. International institutions are increasingly promoting PPPs for social and economic infrastructure financing. However, there are also growing concerns about the lack of transparency, proper anti-corruption risk assessments, and conflict of interest checks for these large-scale ventures

We support calls on the IMF to ensure that the financing structures used for public services in infrastructure are responsible, transparent, environmentally and fiscally sustainable, and in line with governments’ human rights obligations.

Multi-lateral agencies should prioritize domestic resources to provide efficient and accountable public services and ensure that high transparency standards apply, particularly with regard to the accounting of public funds, and the disclosure of contracts and performance reports for social and economic infrastructure projects.

Transparency International believes that if these three areas are prioritized, the IMF can have a significant impact in reducing corruption.

If the IMF decides to apply more of its still considerable clout  to regularly monitoring how well countries are doing in taking on corruption, and promoting best practice transparency and accountability standards, it will significantly boost its chances of being able to claim a substantive contribution to global anti-corruption progress by the time of its next governance review.

Source : Transparency International

Mexico’s September Earthquake Prompts Calls for Anti-Corruption Push

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The recent earthquake that devastated Mexico City prompted increased calls for tougher anti-corruption measures, as many say bribery allowed for greater structural damage.

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Corruption has long plagued the country and has stunted economic growth.

“This is the issue that we need to solve in order to close the circle and really have a much better economic performance,” the Governor of the Bank of Mexico, Agustin Carstens, told the newspaper Reforma in an interview that was published on Wednesday.

The September 19th earthquake that killed hundreds and left many more wounded may have resulted in less loss of life and damage if the existing strict building codes were correctly implemented.

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“The problem is corruption, officials taking bribes to give the green light on bad building,” political scientist Lorenzo Meyer explained to TIME  magazine.

Citizens are disgruntled with corruption and impunity and display less patience with the government, as shown in surveys cited by sociologist Gema Santamaria.

Tens and thousands of individuals are awaiting answers to their requests for engineers to access structural damages.

The most controversial of these investigations is over a private school in Mexico City that collapsed in the tremor tragically killing 19 children and six adults.

There are questions of whether the owners of the school expanded the building unethically. As mentioned in The New York Times, the school, “had been cited twice for building without a permit — first in 2010 and again in 2014. Both times, the school applied retroactively for a permit, paid the fine and resumed construction.”

When President Enrique Peña Nieto toured a town wrecked by the earthquake, a local student yelled, “Grab a shovel” as others booed, The Guradian reported.

With Mexico’s next presidential election approaching in 2018, an agenda for the upheaval of corruption appears to be a strong qualifier for those seeking a place in the next administration.

Source : OCCRP

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Ethiopia widens anti-corruption crackdown with asset freezes

Ethiopia has widened an anti-corruption crackdown with asset freezes on 210 individuals and 15 companies.

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The individuals and companies sanctioned are suspected to have links with recently arrested government officials, business people and brokers on allegations of corrupt activities, according to report by state owned Ethiopian News Agency on Friday. Continue reading……..

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210,000 Chinese officials Punished for corruption

210,00 Chinese officials have been prosecuted for corruption, in the first half of 2017.

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This disclosure was made by in a statement by the Central Commission  for Discipline Inspection(CCDI).

According to the statement anti-corruption institutions  received 1.31 million complaints and  opened 260, 000 cases this year.Read more……

 

Raid On Namadi Sambo’s Home : Security Agencies Have Clandestine Intentions-Former VP

Former VP’s  home has been raided five times in 6 months

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Namadi  Sambo has described  continued raids on his residence in Kaduna, as acts of desperate attempts by security agencies to frame him up.

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According to a statement issued and signed  by the former Vice President’s media aide, Sani Umar,  the incessant raids on the building which does not have any occupants presently, ”speaks volumes  of the clandestine intentions of the security operatives”

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“In the late afternoon of Wednesday, the 28th of June 2017, the Alimi Road, Kaduna, un-occupied residence of the former vice president, Arc Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON, was invaded by security operatives armed with a search warrant, who conducted a forensic search of the entire residence.

“Initially, we were at a loss as to their identity but later discovered that they were operatives from the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission, ICPC. This raid brings to five the number of times the residence was searched within a period of six months and on each occasion valuable fittings were deliberately destroyed”.

“It is worthy of note to state that no such brazen attempts were made at any point, either at his Link Road Kaduna residence, or his Abuja apartment, which he presently occupies”.

“As the visit of the operatives was unscheduled, the reasons for the search were not specifically stated. However, the outcome of the search was made known. At the end of the whole exercise, the officers who carried out the search were satisfied that nothing incriminating was found”.

“The recent desperation exhibited by some security agencies in carrying out a raid on an unoccupied residence blocking all entry and exit points, in a commando-style and coming along with a bullion van speaks volume about the clandestine intention of the security operatives. It is therefore worrisome to note that the consistency with which the searches occurred, and the intervals between them portrays a desire of a fault-finding mission. We are apprehensive that a repeat of such episode will not be surprising if an incriminating object is planted in his residence in order to willfully and deliberately incriminate him”.

“It is against this background that we wish to draw the attention of the unsuspecting members of the public to this phenomenon. The desperation of some of the security agencies is glaring, by the number of times such searches were conducted and still counting. We hope it is not a way to try to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it”, the statement concluded.