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Tanzania’s 3rd Bombardier Departs Canada, Expected in Dar Next Week

Tillerson's Exxon Mobil in a Corruption Dispute in Liberia

Under the leadership of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, oil giant Exxon Mobil signed a $120 million deal for an oil block in Liberia that company officials knew was rife with corruption, according to a new investigation by the transparency organization Global Witness.

The deal between Exxon and Liberian company Broadway Consolidated/Peppercoast (BCP) was signed in 2013 despite Exxon’s concerns that the deal could violate U.S. anti-corruption laws. The investigation by Global Witness showed that Exxon executives were aware that the oil block they purchased was partly owned by former politicians who had taken ownership of the block through illegal means.

“Exxon knew its purchase might enrich these former politicians. The company also knew the oil block had originally been awarded to BCP after Liberia’s oil agency paid bribes,” the report said.
“Despite these corruption red flags, Exxon didn’t walk away from the deal. Instead, it engineered a plan to skirt U.S. leg…

Egypt’s Early Vote Tally: Sisi, 92%, Token Opponent, 3%

By DECLAN WALSHMARCH 29, 2018 Election workers counting ballots in Cairo on Wednesday. Early results showed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi heading for a landslide victory after he sidelined his main rivals.Credit Mohamed Hossam/EPA, via Shutterstock CAIRO — Early results from Egypt’s election showed President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi headed for a landslide victory with 92 percent of the vote, state media reported Thursday, an unsurprising margin in a race where he eliminated all serious opposition months ago. Mr. Sisi’s token opponent, Moussa Moustapha Moussa, received just 3 percent of the vote, less than the number of spoiled ballots, state media said. With his main rivals in jail or forced from the contest, Mr. Sisi relied on voter turnout to demonstrate his popularity. State media said that about 40 percent of voters cast ballots during the three days of voting that ended Wednesday, down from 47 percent in the 2014 election that formalized Mr. Sisi’s po…

Tanzania: Chadema Leaders Granted Bail, State to Appeal

Photo: The Citizen Tanzania
Tanzanian main opposition top brass fail to show up at court. By Hadija Jumanne
Dar es Salaam — The Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court on Thursday, March 29, granted bail to Chadema's top leaders despite their no show at the courtroom.
In the bail conditions, each remanded leader of the main opposition party would be required to have two sureties who will sign a Sh20 million bond. The court has ordered party leaders including national chairman Freeman Mbowe to report to the Central Police Station every Thursday.
However, State Attorney Faraja Nchimbi said the prosecution will file petition against the ruling under Section 378 (1) of the Criminal and Procedure Act (CPA).
Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe, Dr Vincent Mashinji (Secretary General), Mr John Mnyika (Deputy Secretary General (Mainland), Mr Salum Mwalimu (Deputy Secretary General (Zanzibar), Rev Peter Msigwa (Member of Parliament, Iringa Urban) and Ms …

White farmers 'persecuted' in South Africa will be helped by Australia, Liberal MPs say

By political reporter Jane Norman
Key points: Prime Minister, Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop said there was no need for a new visa categoryMPs accused those on the "green left" of closing their eyes to persecution because of the farmers' raceFarm violence is a highly political and racially charged issue in South Africa
Seven Liberal MPs raised concerns about the farmers' "unique" and "difficult" circumstances in today's meeting of the Liberal and National party meeting and noted the high levels of violence they reportedly face.

The MPs also took aim at critics who have labelled their push racist, accusing those on the "green left" of closing their eyes to persecution because of the colour of the farmers' skin.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told colleagues there was no need for a new visa category and no need to change the existing rules.

They po…

Kenya court outlaws forced anal exams in landmark victory for gay rights

Deutsche Welle Published 9:26 p.m. ET March 22, 2018 | Updated 9:41 p.m. ET March 22, 2018 (Photo: Dai Kurokawa, EPA) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Kenya's Court of Appeal on Thursday ruled that the use of forced anal exams used to determine whether gay men engaged in sex is illegal.
The National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) took the case to court after two men were arrested in 2015 on suspicion of having sex.
According to the men, authorities forced them to undergo anal examinations by hospital staff and security personnel. They also said authorities forced them to submit to HIV tests.
The NGLHRC argued the tests violated the men's constitutional rights. A Kenyan court in 2016 ruled that such tests were constitutional and, as such, within the scope of use for authorities. Thursday's ruling overturned that decision.
"The ruling is a tremendous step not only in upholding the dignity of homosexuals who'd been subject…

Facts The Economist Got Them Wrong on Magufuli