A court has ruled that South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma must pay back the money provided for his legal fees. It is estimated that the state has paid between $1m (£792,000) and $2.2m in legal costs for him.
Zuma has been fighting multiple allegations of corruption for more than a decade and has incurred millions of dollars in legal fees. Read more
VP, Pierre Claver Moussavou has confirmed that President Ali Bongo of Gabon who has been in hospital since October has suffered a stroke.
The 59-year-old leader left a hospital in Morocco earlier in December and is recovering at a private residence in the capital Rabat after weeks of silence about his condition.
VP Moussavou said President Bongo had suffered a cerebrovascular accident or CVA, commonly known as a stroke.
“Nobody should rejoice over the death or illness of another, those who have never known a CVA, pray to God that they never know one. I would not wish it on anyone, not even my worst enemy” Moussavou said in a speech in Franceville in the south of the country. Read more
Emmanuel Kofi Nti, the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority has revealed plans to impose taxes on anointing oil, stickers and other merchandise sold by churches and pastors.
Speaking with Joy News, the internal revenue boss said that the only church revenues exempted from the planned taxes are offering and tithes.
He said, “The man of God; is he not an individual? And is he not accountable to the state for his tax obligations? There is an opportunity for us to look at it.” Read more
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested one Abbas Lakis, a Lebanese for money laundering offence.
Lakis was picked up at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, following intelligence report that he had on him, undeclared huge sums of monies aboard the Egypt Airline bringing him from the Kano Airport en route Lebanon.
A Nigerian man was sentenced to death by the High Court in KualaLumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, November 30, after he was found guilty of trafficking more than 700g of drugs into the country in May 2017.
Judge Datuk Azman Abdullah sent Sidrey Shalod Dike, 46, to the gallows after finding that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubt against the prosecution’s case.
“After examining arguments by both the defence and the prosecution, the court found that the defence failed to raise reasonable doubt and the accused is found guilty and sentenced to death,” he said. Read more
Three Chinese nationals have been charged with attempting to bribe investigators working on an alleged ticketing scam in a massive Kenyan railway project.
Some $10,000 (£8,000) a day was being stolen in the scheme and officers were allegedly offered a $5,000 bribe, the prosecutor says. The $3bn Chinese-funded and operated railway line is Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence in 1963. Read more
Enlightened Christian Gathering leader prophet Shepherd Bushiri is embroiled in a R10m extortion drama that allegedly involves corrupt crime intelligence cops and then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s advisers.
Bushiri opened a case of extortion with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) in February against crime intelligence unit cops and two men purported to be from Ramaphosa’s former retinue.
He also reported the shenanigans to the crime intelligence inspector-general Setlhomamaru Dintwe. Read more
A 17-year-old girl has been dubbed ‘the most expensive woman in South Sudan’ after her family sold her to a businessman for 500 cows, three luxury cars and £7,500.
Photo of the 17-year-old, who is from South Sudan’s Eastern Lakes state, was posted on Facebook on October 25. Five men were said to have participated in the bid for her dowry. Read more
A cannibal who walked in a police station holding a human leg told cops, “I’m tired of eating human flesh”, a court heard yesterday.
Nino Mbatha, 33, is said to have handed in part of a human leg and a hand to police at the station. This development led to an investigation that uncovered more remains in a nearby house.
Officers were then led to a woman’s mutilated body under some rocks in Estcourt, South Africa. Read more
Police in Uganda will decide today whether to charge Ugandan academic and feminist activist, Stella Nyanzi, with crimes concerning an “offensive” post on Facebook.
She made offensive statements against President Yoweri Museveni and his late mother, Vincent Ssekatte, the spokesperson for the police’s Criminal Investigations Department said.
Her lawyers, however, say that they have not been officially informed of the charges she’s facing. Read more