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3 African Presidents Sued for Embezzlement - TZ Tutaweza hii?

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  1. Pundit

    Pundit JF-Expert Member

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    From The NYT
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/03/world/europe/03briefs-3AFRICANPRES_BRF.html?ref=europe

    Na sie tuwaanzishie kina Mkapa na goons wake?

    3 African Presidents Sued for Embezzlement

    By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
    Anticorruption activists filed a lawsuit in Paris on Tuesday against the presidents of Gabon, the Congo Republic and Equatorial Guinea, accusing them of acquiring luxury homes in France with embezzled public money. The French chapter of Transparency International, the nongovernmental group Sherpa and a Gabonese citizen sued Presidents Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Congo Republic and Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, and several of their associates, the plaintiffs said in a statement. Citing dozens of expensive properties, the plaintiffs said there was “no doubt that these assets could not have been acquired with the sole salaries and benefits of these heads of state.”
     
  2. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Technically these guys are being sued outside their countries of jurisdiction
    and it makes me wonder how far their tentacles can reach.At best I see the
    French authorities seizing whatever proeprties ambazo hawa mabwana wanazo
    huko Ufaransa.Other than that,I'm only watching.

    P.S: Where did that Al-Bashir thing end up
     
  3. MwalimuZawadi

    MwalimuZawadi JF-Expert Member

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    Pundit
    Tunaweza tukaanza na baba mkubwa BMW
     
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    Bulesi JF-Expert Member

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    Kama wabunge wetu wangekuwa na uzalendo wangeanza kwanza kumtolea kinga BWM na baad ya hapo hatua za kisheria zikachukuliwa. In the meantime wanaharakati wanahakikisha kuwa wakina Mgonja, Lumbanga,Mrisho na genge lote la mafisadi kuanzia ile list of shame na wengine watakaogundulika hawapati visa kwenda EU na USA ambako ndiko wameficha loot yao. Pia kwa kutumia Interpol na Transparency International jitihada zifanyike kufreeze accunt za [vijisenti] vyao.
     
  5. Pundit

    Pundit JF-Expert Member

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    Ab,

    Kama NYT wamekusikia vile

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/04/world/africa/04nations.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=sudan&st=cse

    December 4, 2008
    Council Backs Idea to Indict Sudan Leader
    By NEIL MACFARQUHAR
    UNITED NATIONS — Members of the Security Council generally expressed support on Wednesday for the International Criminal Court’s moving ahead with the possible indictment of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan for war crimes in Darfur, although several voiced reservations that it would slow attempts to reach a peace settlement.

    The discussion came after testimony to the council by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the court’s prosecutor, who warned that members should prepare in advance to enforce the indictment. The three-judge panel in The Hague is expected to reach a decision on the case presented by Mr. Moreno-Ocampo in either January or February.

    The strongest opposition to the possible indictment came from Libya and South Africa, which called for suspending the proceedings for at least a year, while Russia and China called the timing poor.

    “Starting legal proceedings in a hurried manner while the conflict is still going on will make unavoidable interference in the relevant political processes,” the Chinese ambassador, Zhang Yesui, told the council.

    The United States, not a party to the court, voiced support. “The international community cannot ignore the atrocities and massive human suffering that have occurred during the ongoing conflict in Darfur,” said Rosemary DiCarlo, an American envoy.

    The Sudanese ambassador, Abdalmahmood Abdalhaleem, said his country had improved its cooperation with the peacekeeping operations in Sudan, humanitarian groups and its estranged neighbor, Chad. “Are we to bring people back to square one by indicting the president who is the custodian of the whole peace process?” he said in an interview.

    But the Darfuri Leaders Network, a coalition of academics and others in exile in the United States, said the government was just making “empty gestures” while the threat of the indictment loomed. The group said in a statement that the indictment presented the best chance for accountability for crimes in Darfur.
     
  6. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Pundit,

    Hio ya Al-Bashir nd'o kitimoto maana if they cant make a move
    on that one then I believe they are setting up smoke screens
    and nothing will really come out of it.Personally I dont really
    get optimistic on such matters until justice is not only seem to
    be done but it is really done.

    Juzi nilikua naangalia kwenye ABC news channel kuhusu documentary
    moja Sudan ambapo serikali ya Al-Bashir imeingia mikataba na nchi
    kadhaa za arabuni to supply grain and wheat in large quantities. Yet
    the irony of all this is that in the western part of the country(Darfur)
    people are dying of hunger and starvation in droves. That in itself
    deserves an outcry maana it is murder by design.

    To say the least, this current crop of African leaders can make you sick
    and I hope they are not training predecessors like them. Africa needs
    a different home grown approach to these matters.

    Regards.
     
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    Pundit JF-Expert Member

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    If you haven't, you should check out "The Devil Came on Horseback"

    It is a ghoulish account of the inhumanity of the Bashir supported Janjaweed against the Darfuri. Complete coverage of the atrocities by a soldier bounded by international bureaucracy not to get involved with a gun and defend the helpless, so instead he chose the camera and to tell the world. The faint of heart should not watch this, to say it is graphic is a gross understatement.
     
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  8. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    Pundit,

    One reason I like having an exchange with you is that I come out with
    something new.Sasa hii documentary na kitabu ni poa sana in highlighting
    the plight of the folks in Darfur.Shukran mkuu and lemmie keep on perusing
    it.

    The Devil Came on Horseback


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    Arts: A new documentary and book chronicle how genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan has transformed a country-and a former Marine who witnessed it.

    Film review By Gary Moskowitz
    September 26, 2007

    The Devil Came on Horseback (a BreakThru Films production) tells the story of genocide in Darfur through the eyes of Brian Steidle, a former U.S. Marine who lands a job-through Craigslist-as an unarmed military observer taking photographs for the African Union in Darfur. Stark footage of decimated villages and the smoldering remains of people-including children-burned alive make The Devil Came on Horseback a harrowing film to watch. Steidle's reactions to the genocide are compressed into a compelling, beautifully photographed hour-and-a-half film that captures the Sudan's natural beauty as well as its turmoil.

    Steidle is hired to monitor a 2004 cease-fire meant to end a 20-year civil war between the Sudanese government, a military dictatorship led by wealthy Arab Muslims in the north, and the Sudan People's Liberation Army, which was fighting on behalf of mostly poor, rural, and Christian black African tribes to the south. A week after responding to the online ad, he gets his plane ticket to Khartoum, Sudan.

    Armed with a digital camera, an audio recorder, and notebooks, Steidle travels throughout Sudan and Chad with a straightforward assignment: take pictures, talk to locals, and submit detailed reports to the AU about what he has seen and heard. He had no idea what he was getting into. As he later reports, more than 2 million people perished and about 4 million had been displaced because of the conflict, and the cease-fire had not stopped the killings. Darfur's population, which is black, was (and still is) being targeted by armed groups known as "the devil on a horse," or Janjaweed. The Janjaweed, who are allegedly sponsored by the Sudanese government, kill Darfuris simply because they are Africans and not Arabs.

    The film tells a horrific tale at a brisk pace; cameras shoot from helicopters, from moving vehicles, and inside people's homes; they hang onto Steidle's-and the Janjaweed's -every move.

    Steidle photographs villages that the Janjaweed have plundered and burned, he interviews rape victims, and talks to parents whose children are missing. Many of the attacks follow the same script: First, the raiders cut off power to local cellphone towers; then helicopters bomb the village; finally the Janjaweed arrive on horses, on foot, or in jeeps, and burn everything. Only ashes are left behind. A Janjaweed defector tells Steidle, "The order is to go kill. When they attack a village, they start repeating their specific slogans, like 'kill the slaves.' Then they attack directly and quickly."

    The job takes its toll on Steidle. In a passage from his book (also titled The Devil Came on Horseback), he recalls someone shouting at him, "What good are you? You can't protect us," after which Steidle writes in a letter to his sister, "We don't have any authority here. [A man whose wife had been kidnapped in a raid] pointed across the hut and said 'That is the man who stole her.' The guy who was being accused just shrugged and admitted it. What could we do? Nothing." Excerpts like this from the book and similar scenes in the film make you wonder why Steidle was hired in the first place, and how effective the AU really is.

    By the time his job is up, at least one million more people have been displaced by militias in Darfur. Later, Steidle learns that only four of the 80 reports he submitted were actually read because, he suspects, the Sudanese government was diverting his mail.

    When he arrives back in the states, New York Times columnist Nick Kristof publishes his photos and presents his story to a mainstream audience. He meets with Condoleeza Rice and debates Sudanese immigrants who don't believe his reports. "The things you see here were not meant to be seen. You see people who have no value for human life," he says while showing his pictures to an awestruck audience. In one of the film's final shots, Steidle breaks down and begins crying, no longer able to detach himself from the truth behind the story that he's been watching unfold.

    Gary Moskowitz is an Online Editorial Fellow at Mother Jones.
     
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    Yes we have to stop the so called Tanzanian leaders from plundering and stealing our natural resources. Fisadi Mkapa has nowhere to run and he knows that his days are numbered. YES WE CAN!
     
  10. Ab-Titchaz

    Ab-Titchaz Content Manager Staff Member

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    BAK,

    wakianza na Mkapa then a whole deck of cards will follow...
     
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