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Isabel dos Santos: Global Companies Find Themselves Ensnared In Angolan Corruption Case

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The Isabel Dos Santos saga in Angola has now caught several international firms in its fray.  Dos Santos faces court cases on accusations of misusing more than a billion dollars in state funds.  Her husband has tried to exonerate himself by pointing to his accounting firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.  He says the firm handled his family’s accounting and doled out tax advice to them.  But Pricewaterhouse Coopers and other accounting firms are saying “not so fast.”  They are steering clear of the couple’s problems with the country.

Isabela dos santos is the daughter of former Angolan president, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos.  She has declared her innocence.  She says her businesses are run on the world stage at the highest standards.

Her father’s successor began a corruption fight in the country in 2017 that has led to charges against the Dos Santos family.  Angola’s attorney general says the Dos Santos family has looted more than one billion dollars from state coffers.

The New York Times reports Pricewaterhouse coopers has now cut off ties with 20 of Dos Santos’s companies.

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Okonjo-Iweala Named Forbes Africa Person Of The Year

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Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has on Tuesday been named Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2020.

Forbes Africa disclosed this in a tweet saying Okonjo-Iweala who is a candidate for the office of the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has been named “The 2020 African person of the Year.”

Reacting to the news, Okonjo-Iweala said she is “thrilled to be named Forbes Africa-CNBC ‘2020 African of the Year’ following in the footsteps of my great brothers Paul Kagame and Akin Adesina.”

She added “This award is for Africans suffering the health and economic impact of COVID-19. The energy and resilience of Africans inspires me”.

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Mauritania Uncovers Illegal Migration Networks

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Mauritanian authorities say they have uncovered more than 30 illegal migration networks and repatriated around 4,000 persons to various west African countries.

Interior minister, Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, told local media there had been an increase in the number of persons trying to reach Spain’s Canary Islands – an alternative route to the Mediterranean Sea where some migrants have been deterred by stricter controls and instability in Libya.

The United Nations has called for greater efforts to disrupt people-smuggling rings, after more than 140 persons died off the coast of Senegal in October in the deadliest shipwreck of the year.

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Amnesty Urges UN To Maintain South Sudan Arms Embargo

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Amnesty International is urging the United Nations Security Council to maintain its arms embargo on South Sudan amid what the human rights group calls “extreme violence by government forces, and an increase in attacks on civilians, including war crimes.”

The UN security council is due to conduct a mid-term review of its arms embargo and other measures on South Sudan before mid-December.

The council first established an arms embargo on South Sudan in 2018.  It was renewed last year and subsequently extended by a year in may this year.

Amnesty says it had documented “a series of extrajudicial executions, forced displacement, torture, and destruction of civilian property by government and former opposition forces.”

The group cited a four-fold increase in violence in the states of Jonglei, Lakes, Warrap and Western Equatoria between April and June compared to the same period last year.

Amnesty says as South Sudan was calling for the embargo to be reviewed earlier this year, “government soldiers were shooting civilians, burning homes, raping women and girls, and displacing tens of thousands of people from their villages in the south of the country.”

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