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The Spoils of Fishrot: Tracking the Property Holdings of Key Figures In Namibia’s Biggest Bribery Scandal

Late last year, the southern African nation of Namibia was rocked by the “Fishrot” scandal, in which officials stood accused of arranging for lucrative fishing rights to be granted to the Icelandic fishing giant Samherji.

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Editor’s Note:

It’s a tale of fish, property, and shady money transactions. Here The OCCRP writes up work done by its member center The Namibian on the Fishrot scandal. A deep investigative piece.

Daily Nation (Kenya)

To transform agriculture, put it at the centre of every sector

There are many other crops as well as numerous profitable agriculture activities the western sugarbelt can shift to gradually.

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New York Times

Compensation for Embassy Bombing Victims Could Imperil Thaw With Sudan

WASHINGTON — Riz Khaliq and Doreen Oport were both working at the American Embassy in Nairobi on Aug. 7, 1998, when a truck bomb tore through the compound. Both were bloodied. Mr. Khaliq was knocked unconscious and Ms. Oport trapped beneath fallen rubble.

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New Times Rwanda

Why Rwanda comes to the rescue of people with nowhere to go

The news at the weekend was about Rwanda taking in a stateless person deported from the United States of America. The man, Amin Hassoun, a Palestinian, was reported to have been living in the United States since the 1980s.

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The Economist ($)

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan must learn how to share the Nile river

Once completed, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam will be nearly twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty and as wide as the Brooklyn Bridge is long. The reservoir behind it is roughly the size of London. Sitting on the Blue Nile, the main tributary of the Nile river, the dam is the largest hydro-electric project in Africa. Soon it will produce 6,000 megawatts of electricity, more than double Ethiopia’s output today. With a little co-operation between Ethiopia and its downstream neighbours, Egypt and Sudan, the dam could be a boon for the whole region.

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Editor’s Note:

One thing connecting several countries in East Africa is the Nile, and the water it provides. This piece gives a look at controversy around a dam in Ethiopia.

ISS Africa

How Serious Is The Islamic State Threat To Attack South Africa?

South African adherents of the terrorist group are already cropping up among insurgents in northern Mozambique.

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Ghana’s Finance Minister Says Global Investors Are Unfair to Africa

After helping to secure a debt freeze, a former banker says deeper reforms are needed.

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Mail and Guardian

Challenges and opportunities for telemedicine in Africa

In response to the harsh realities of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) recently amended its guidelines for telemedicine. Telemedicine is the art of remotely diagnosing and treating a patient. It involves a network of service providers who work with remote clinics using communication technology to connect patients with healthcare workers. It provides on-demand access to healthcare services, with mutual financial benefits to the service providers and the patient.

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Daily News (Tanzania)

Rural Electrification Gives Muleba District New Impetus

Helson Tilwirukwa (32) a resident of Bisore village in Muleba district’s Muhutwe Ward sits outside his house watching the sun as it sets. He has gradually improved his life through self-employment.

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Editor’s Note:

Part of the economic recovery from COVID, as well as development in general, is spreading the growth around. Here is a look at an effort to get electricity, and jobs, into more areas in Tanzania.

Africa Check

Is South African President Ramaphosa Correct About Country’s Ability to Make Vaccines?

Two claims about South Africa’s ability to manufacture and develop vaccines.

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