ZAM Reporter
Call for stories In the Kleptocracy Project part I, ZAM and its partner network of African investigative journalists delved into the international associates of Africa’s kleptocrats and into the failing state structures that are connected to kleptocratic practices. In Part II, we want to dissect the kleptocracies themselves. Corruption is the system, as they say, but what systems, exactly, are these? How do they work? How is it possible that scandal after scandal, exposure after exposure, continue... Call for stories In the Kleptocracy Project part I, ZAM and its partner network of African investigative journalists delved into the international...
Pedro Cardoso
Luzia and the men Kleptocracy and lack of hope are only some of the reasons Angolan citizens leave the country. For Luzia Banzuzi (41) it was two men: both her first husband, who kept stalking and threatening her for having left him; and the second, who kicked her out of her house because he believed she was still ‘seeing’ the first one. Homeless and threatened, in a country where police nor justice system will help or protect, she saw only one way out. She went to Cuba — the country’s socialist... Luzia and the men Kleptocracy and lack of hope are only some of the reasons Angolan citizens leave the country. For Luzia Banzuzi (41) it was two men:...
Pedro Cardoso
Portland’s welcome In June last year the town of Portland in Maine, north west USA, was suddenly in the news because thirty-nine migrants from Angola and the DRC had showed up at migrant reception centres there. While awaiting their asylum hearings they had come here because they had heard that the town counts important Angolan and Congolese communities, based there for over three decades. They had also heard of the ‘open arm policy’ of the city. In the words of Mayor Ethan Strimling, ‘the state of... Portland’s welcome In June last year the town of Portland in Maine, north west USA, was suddenly in the news because thirty-nine migrants from Angola and...
Pedro Cardoso
Ana's journey from nothing to nowhere On 18 April, for fear of creating hotbeds of COVID 19 contagion, a Mexico City judge ordered the release of migrants from sixty-five overcrowded immigration centres in the country. By the end of that month, with both the northern and southern border lines under lockdown, the Mexican National Migration Institute (INM) estimated that over twenty thousand migrants were now stranded around border lines; under the lockdown, even appointments to identify refugees are... Ana's journey from nothing to nowhere On 18 April, for fear of creating hotbeds of COVID 19 contagion, a Mexico City judge ordered the release of...
ZAM Reporter
Who are the associates who help kleptocrat rulers on the African continent to exploit their countries? Are African leaders simply weak and bribe-able, or more complicit in the massive theft of state resources than that? How come assumed poor countries waste billions? 26 members of the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC). 17 countries. 4 devastating reports. A collaboration between AIPC and ZAM Magazine Downloads The Plunder Route to Panama The Last Resource. Risking Death to Feed... Who are the associates who help kleptocrat rulers on the African continent to exploit their countries? Are African leaders simply weak and bribe-able, or...
ZAM Reporter
Millions spent on expensive medical equipment couldn’t save this life. Much dismay and outrage has followed the release of Africa Uncensored’s documentary Saving Esther, about the shady purchase, for hundreds of millions of dollars, of medical machines. The purchase of the machines, from X-rays to kidney dialysis equipment, has done little to improve health care for citizens in need of basic and middle-level treatment, but did deliver lucrative secondary contracts to the politically connected. The... Millions spent on expensive medical equipment couldn’t save this life. Much dismay and outrage has followed the release of Africa Uncensored’s...
ZAM Reporter
African investigative journalists met with international colleagues at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference last week. Joy Kiriga, who contributed to the transnational investigations on Public Disservice – a collaboration between the African Investigative Publishing Collective, ZAM and Africa Uncensored, spoke at the conference. She was warmly introduced on the GIJC website as follows: “Joy Kirigia is a reporter, currently working with Africa Uncensored, an independent media house based... African investigative journalists met with international colleagues at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference last week. Joy Kiriga, who...
ZAM Reporter
The African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM will present their groundbreaking reports on kleptocracy at an international journalists’ gathering in Hamburg in September. Investigations by a total of 24 African investigative journalists in collaboration with ZAM produced 4 groundbreaking reports since October 2017. The outcomes were reported by media worldwide. Newspapers and magazines, in print and online, in South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, DRC, Mali, Liberia,... The African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM will present their groundbreaking reports on kleptocracy at an international journalists’...
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Lack of state services and protection encourages despair and militancy The reason why Somali soldier Ali (20) is seriously thinking about joining the ‘terrorists’ of Al-Shabab who are waging a violent insurgency in his country, often with terrorist methods, is that he doesn’t get a salary from his government. He hasn’t had for months. “We don’t even get weapons. The government is not committed to us in this war. It would be easier for me to be with the ‘boys,’” -common jargon for Al-Shabab, ed.-,... Lack of state services and protection encourages despair and militancy The reason why Somali soldier Ali (20) is seriously thinking about joining the...
Charles Mafa and John Mukela
“Your dream home coming soon,” say big bill boards and newspaper adverts in Lusaka. Pictures of brilliantly white large mansions surrounded by majestic trees illustrate how the happy few will enjoy residing in the new suburb-under-construction, Kingsland City, in beautiful Lusaka forest. The housing estate, in the middle of what was once a nature reserve called Forest No. 27, will be equipped with every hearts’ desire, from a shopping mall to a sports complex, a “world class” university, a golf... “Your dream home coming soon,” say big bill boards and newspaper adverts in Lusaka. Pictures of brilliantly white large mansions surrounded by majestic...
Estacio Valoi
A network of Mozambican ruling party leaders and Chinese businesses already notorious for large scale timber looting and deforestation, has moved from plundering Mozambican timber to fish, another natural resource in the country with its long coastline. The Mozambican-Chinese network is taking fish mainly from the northern Mozambican province Cabo Delgado and Ilha de Moçambique on the coast off Nampula province. Whilst on the ground a customs official helps to pack live lobsters for export and a... A network of Mozambican ruling party leaders and Chinese businesses already notorious for large scale timber looting and deforestation, has moved from...
David Dembélé
“In our department we buy twenty five boxes of mineral water every month,” says the procurement official for the Sports Ministry in Bamako, Mali. “In the shop you pay the equivalent of two-hundred and fifty dollars for that quantity. But we pay double that, about US$ 500.” Where the other half of the five hundred dollar goes? To ‘anonymous middlemen,’ is the routinely given answer to anyone who asks questions about Mali’s opaque state expenditure processes. In this case: to distributors operating... “In our department we buy twenty five boxes of mineral water every month,” says the procurement official for the Sports Ministry in Bamako, Mali. “In the...
Evelyn Groenink
It started with a conference in Ghana about African kleptocracies: those places where a politically powerful elite enriches itself at the expense of citizens. Kleptocracies, it was said, were found in various regions of the world. But African countries were generally the worst off when suffering under kleptocratic rulers. It was in African countries that citizens would feel real hunger, or get infected with cholera because of polluted water, or not have access to any water sources nearby at all,... It started with a conference in Ghana about African kleptocracies: those places where a politically powerful elite enriches itself at the expense of...
African Investigative Publishing Collective
African kleptocratic rulers plunder natural resources and state budgets with the assistance of international and local business people. For the first time, an investigation by African reporters in seven countries reveal how they operate. The African Investigative Publishing Collective’s team discovered, inter alia, the following: In Kenya , politically connected business people were found to have made millions out of a failed Italian dam project that left poor farming communities in the Rift Valley... African kleptocratic rulers plunder natural resources and state budgets with the assistance of international and local business people. For the first...
African Investigative Publishing Collective
Many African women who live at or below the poverty line are forced to sell their bodies in order to make ends meet. The women do not notice anything of the many poverty relief programs that exist on paper in their countries. This is the conclusion of a study by the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC), conducted in close collaboration with ZAM magazine . The authors of the report write: What stays with us after six months is how much they hate it. “They laugh at you and beat you.”... Many African women who live at or below the poverty line are forced to sell their bodies in order to make ends meet. The women do not notice anything of...
African Investigative Publishing Collective
Estácio Valoi
Withholding of promised funds left Mozambican communities to battle cyclones, floods and drought alone for years. What was once a forest in Massaca, Chimoio, now looks like an endless series of empty football fields. Cyclones are destroying hopes for harvests in Beira, Zalala and Lugela in Zambeze. In Marromeu National Reserve hungry and thirsty buffalos, hippo’s and monkeys roam over villages, eating meagre food supplies. Villagers in Massingir district in the south complain that in the past three... Withholding of promised funds left Mozambican communities to battle cyclones, floods and drought alone for years. What was once a forest in Massaca,...
ZAM Reporter
Remember Gemfields? In 2017 we published a story by Estacio Valoi about the scandalous practices of British-Mozambican mining company MRM-Gemfields in Montepuez, Mozambique. The story later became part of a groundbreaking report by the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC) and ZAM. ‘Rapes, robberies and deportations carried out by notorious police squad to keep the rubies for MRM-Gemfields alone’, we wrote. And: ‘The ruby fields of Montepuez in Mozambique, already a terrain of terror... Remember Gemfields? In 2017 we published a story by Estacio Valoi about the scandalous practices of British-Mozambican mining company MRM-Gemfields in...
Evelyn Groenink
ZAM’s investigative journalism partner, the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC), once again made its presence felt at the yearly African Investigative Journalism Conference, held 29-31 October in Johannesburg. Firstly, keynote speaker Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Ghana’s famous undercover journalist, explained how African realities impact on the work of investigative journalists on the continent, where undercover reporting is often the only way to get close to authorities and their... ZAM’s investigative journalism partner, the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC), once again made its presence felt at the yearly African...
Olivia Ndubuisi
Olivia Ndubuisi infiltrated one of the notorious ‘419 scams’ industry’s headquarters. In this universe Nigerian young men use the internet to relieve unsuspecting ‘clients’ of their money in romance, gold, or business scams . The Yahoo Boy rarely lives alone. He needs his comrades around him to pull off a successful scam: the document forger, the international call router, the bank account frontperson and the tech wizard are needed just as much as the smooth talker. Luckily for the Yahoo Boy this... Olivia Ndubuisi infiltrated one of the notorious ‘419 scams’ industry’s headquarters. In this universe Nigerian young men use the internet to relieve...
ZAM Reporter
Exactly one week ago a hard-hitting investigation into the plunder of state resources by African oligarchs was launched at ZAM headquarters in Amsterdam. ZAM’s investigative editor Evelyn Groenink, who coordinated and edited the work, reported the findings to a crowd of about fifty people. Kenyan Africa Uncensored partner John-Allan Namu provided some of the highlights of the investigation via Skype. A representative from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the event and joined the... Exactly one week ago a hard-hitting investigation into the plunder of state resources by African oligarchs was launched at ZAM headquarters in Amsterdam....