ARINSA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016
Pretoria, South Africa. The ARINSA AGM for 2016 was held from 7 to 8 June 2016. The AGM was attended by well over 60 delegates from 18
countries. The ARINSA countries were well represented and joined by observer
countries including, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Uganda, Madagascar, Angola and Mozambique. The President of the ARIN-WA, Mr.
Samuel Essel was also in attendance representing West Africa. Many embassies
and High Commissions in Pretoria were in attendance, including France, United
Kingdom, United States and The Netherlands. This was the first multi-lingual
ARINSA Annual General Meeting with interpretation being provided in English,
French and Portuguese. The Regional Representative for UNODC, Ms Zhuldyz Akisheva
and Adv. Nomvula Mokgatla, Head of the South African Asset Forfeiture Unit,
gave opening addresses, giving valuable insights into their AFU experience, including
the need for regional cooperation, effective administration and investigation
of cases, and to ensure that forfeiture orders were ultimately fulfilled. Read More ...
CASHGATE: KATENGEZA JAILED FOR 5 YEARS
Malawi, Lilongwe. Lilongwe
High Court has Tuesday sentenced cashgate convict Angella Katengeza
to five years imprisonment over the role in the K105.9 million
(about $157 000) laundered from the government coffers. Katengeza
was charged alongside former assistant director of tourism, Leonard Kalonga,
for conspiring to use the former's Faith Construction Company to defraud
Court judge Fiona Mwale found Katengeza guilty of theft and money
laundering in the fraud scam christened as cashgate, which was the biggest
financial scandal in Malawi's history and helped push former president Joyce
Banda out of power in 2014 elections. Kalonga
is also waiting for his sentence. "The
convict will serve a total of five years in prison,” Judge Mwale said. Read More ...
Ex-army General Odillo fails to take plea in Malawi 'cashgate' case.
Malawi, Lilongwe. Former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander, General Henry
Odillo, who was arrested in May 2015 over a multi-million dollar
corruption allegation were on Friday taken to court but failed to take plea. Odillo and his former deputy, Lt Col Clement Kafuwa, are
accused of arranging a contract to supply military equipment to Thuso
Investments, which the State claims were not delivered..The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested them as part of an
on going investigation into government corruption known as "cashgate”. Odillo was fired by President Peter Mutharika in June 2015
and later given lucrative job in parastatal organisation. Read More...
ABALONE POACHERS NETWORK BURST
Cape Town, South Africa. When
police found 8 397 shucked abalone in the garage of Warrant Officer Daniel
October's house they called him at the Gansbaai Police Station. As they
watched the abalone slime drip from a car parked in October's garage, they
asked him to unlock his garage. He
is one of five policemen standing trial with 20 others accused in a
racketeering case involving one of the biggest abalone syndicates in the
country. It is
believed the syndicate has 700 members. They allegedly smuggled abalone worth
R2 billion, poaching an average of 1.1 ton a day over a 13-year period between
1998 and 2011. Read More ...
Mozambique: Officers At
Army Command Charged With Corruption
Maputo -- Mozambique's Central Office for the Fight
against Corruption (GCCC) announced on Thursday that it has charged nine
officers and civilian staff members at the Command of the Army with money
laundering, abuse of position and fraud. A press release from the GCCC
did not give the names of the accused, but said they included two captains. The
others are sergeants and civilians.Some of those accused were involved in
processing wages, and between 2010 and 2015 they diverted some of this money to
the benefit of their relatives and friends. Read More ...
VIETNAMESE CAUGHT WITH RHINO HORN
Maputo, Mozambique. On Monday (May 2), around 4
pm, the Mozambican authorities at the Maputo International Airport
arrested a Vietnamese citizen , who had earlier checked in with two
suitcases with rhino horn and rhino horn pieces. The authorities arrested the
Vietnamese citizen before he could get into the flight Q 870 to
Nairobi. The suitcases had 11 white rhino
horns , two of which of large size with the total weight of 19,6 kg,
and also two bags with parts of rhino horn disguised as cylinders and
remains with the weight of 2,8 kg. The total amount of rhino horn
seized was 22,4 Kg. Read More ...
Money Laundering Charges Dropped for TRA boss
THE former Commissioner General of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA),
Harry Kitilya and two others had to be returned in remand custody
because their cases could not push through as planned. Apart from Kitilya, other accused are
former Miss Tanzania and Head of Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank,
Shose Sinare and Sioi Graham Solomon, the former Chief Legal Counsel to
the bank. The accused appeared before the court on April 1, this year. They were charged with eight counts
including forgery, obtaining money by false pretence and money
laundering, which the court dropped, leaving only seven counts. Read More ...
GLOBAL POWERS ARE ABOUT TO UNITE TO SAVE AFRICA'S ELEPHANTS
Giants Club was founded on the conviction that no nation, UN body or
NGO can save elephants by acting alone. By bringing together a
wide range of like-minded folk with an interest in preserving
wildlife for future generations, the club aims to protect 50 per cent
of Africa's elephants by 2020.
The summit will go a
long way to helping achieve that objective. As Kenya environment
secretary Judi Wakhungu said: "This is not another talking
shop. This is an extraordinary opportunity for us to show the world
that we know how to stop poaching.” Read More ...
DRC, Garamba, in the north-eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, is one of the oldest national parks in
Africa, designated in 1938. The park was made a World Heritage
Site in 1980 for its rare Northern White Rhinos, and with 22,000
elephants back then, they never seemed in danger. But the last rhino was seen some
years ago. Poaching has wiped them out, and now with 95% of the
elephants gone, and the killing continuing week after week, these
giants are going the same way.It's not a good neighbourhood for
conservation. Read More ...
VIETNAM - IVORY BURST
On 22 April 2016, in the area of
cargo terminal ALS, Noi Bai International Airport, the inspection
team protecting intellectual property rights (Team 4), the
Anti-Smuggling Investigation Department (Customs Department) in
coordination with the Departments of Customs at Noi Bai international
airport, Hanoi Customs Department raided two shipments and seized 105
ivory pieces, weighing more than 97kg. Read More ...