Hungry kids collapse as looters take millions: life in todays Zimbabwe

Far from seeing reform after Robert Mugabe was toppled, the country has fallen into crisis as millions are reduced to paupers In the streets of Mbare, the children play, neighbours talk and a wintry sun lights neat houses with carefully tended vegetable plots. But the apparent tranquillity of this poor suburb of military takeover, and a year since the dictators former right-hand man, medical treatment in Singapore since April, an official statement revealed last week. Though there were many sceptics, …

Kenyan finance minister arrested in corruption case

(CNN)Kenya’s finance minister has turned himself over to authorities to face corruption charges, just months after taking out a newspaper ad to defend himself. In addition to Rotich, Kenya’s prosecutors plan to charge 27 other people with a range of offenses, including violating anti-corruption laws. The contract to build the dams was awarded to an Italian company, CMC di Ravenna, for $456 million, according to Haji’s office. The prosecutor allege that a number of financial crimes were committed to inflate …

Jacob Zuma relishes his day in court as Cyril Ramaphosa faces very dark hour

As South Africas former president appears before a corruption inquiry, there are fears he could stir up trouble for his successor Jacob Zuma, South Africas former president, will make an unprecedented appearance before a judicial inquiry for a five-day grilling this week over corruption allegations relating to his years in power. Zuma has been accused of presiding over an immense system of corruption and patronage that drained billions from the exchequer and damaged the reputation of the ruling African National …

State capture: the corruption investigation that has shaken South Africa

The long read: Gavin Watson was a hero of the struggle against apartheid. But this once-powerful businessman is now caught up in a sweeping inquiry that goes to the heart of how a nation is run On 17 January this year, South Africans watched, transfixed, as video from a hidden mobile phone camera was broadcast on TV. It showed a group of men, in corporate uniforms, walking into a vault where one of them counts out bundles of banknotes: One, …

UK home office advice on trafficked Nigerian women sparks criticism

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)The UK Home Office is facing criticism over its policy on women trafficked from Nigeria to Europe. “The victims have been exploited and tricked in the first place. They are not the traffickers, who make money from enslaving them. There is nothing glamorous about it and by the time we rescue them they are so traumatized,” Morka told CNN. Labour MP Kate Osamor said the remarks depicted human trafficking as a job and did not reflect the plight …