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The Daily Corruption 4 January 2008
One of the largest corruption scandals in Czech
history has broken out at the Defence Ministry.
Organized crime has reached all the way to the
top echelons of the Czech Ministry of Defence.
The police are investigating 24 former employees
at the ministry, together with their accomplices
in the construction business, on corruption
charges. The suspects allegedly made sure that
overpriced contracts for army bases renovations
and other construction and maintenance work ended
in the right hands. In return, they were paid
large under-the-table commissions. The damage to
the defence budget is still under investigation
but the Czech Army spends an annual 2.5 billion
crowns, or over 140 million US dollars, on these
types of contracts.
2
The Daily Corruption 8 January 2008
The current drive against systematic corruption,
spearheaded by the Anti- Corruption Commission
(ACC), has received wholehearted support from the
general people. The media, civil society, TIB,
and other organisations are working tirelessly to
make corruption a difficult undertaking for the
practitioners. Public procurement through
government contracts has always been the primary
source of corruption. Some experts suggest that,
in government procurement and work tender, only
15 of the money reaches its intended destination
as 85 is siphoned away through systematic
leakages.
3
The Daily Corruption 9 January 2008
A year after helping the new government draft its
official agenda following its belated formation
in January 2007, Estat.cz, a civic group for
increased government effectiveness, issued its
annual report card, evaluating the governments
first year in power. According to Estat.czs
report, the government is seriously lagging
behind in improving transparency in the public
sector, an area in which its success rate reached
only 25 percent. On its agenda, the government
had promised to increase the accountability of
public officials by increasing the publics
access to all nonclassified information. The
fight against corruption is one of the
governments main priorities, the agenda states.
4
The Daily Corruption 10 January 2008
State-run Gas Authority of India Ltd. says it
will change tender documents to ensure
transparency in the bidding process. The company
said it would include an integrity pact, a tool
Transparency International had designed to
prevent corruption in public procurement. India'
s private oil and gas companies have complained
that state-run companies have not ensured
transparency in their tender documents.
5
The Daily Corruption 11 January 2008
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday
pressed charges against detained former premiere
and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and
seven others in connection with Tk 3 crore graft
case during the setting up of 100MW barge-mount
power plant in Khulna. The ACC yesterday also
approved the filing of first information report
(FIR) against eight persons including former
state minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman
Babar, former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf
Hossain and former Awami League (AL) lawmaker
Mirza Azam on charges of amassing illegal wealth
and concealing information of their wealth.
6
The Daily Corruption 11 January 2008
Just days ago the National Prosecuting Authority
(NPA) served Zuma notice that he would be charged
with corruption, fraud, racketeering and money
laundering. He faces 16 charges, including the
implication that he was involved in soliciting a
bribe through his jailed financial adviser
Schabir Shaik from a French arms company that won
a slice of the multibillion-rand arms
deal. Zumas enraged allies, through Cosatus
KwaZulu-Natal leader Zet Luzipho, have threatened
that blood will be spilt. The statement was
later withdrawn, but the point had been made.
7
The Daily Corruption 12 January 2008
The Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau here
filed a chargesheet against six persons in
connection with the irregularities detected in
the construction of the Nellipuzha bridge across
the Kunthipuzha in Mannarkkad which caused a loss
of Rs 1.20 crore to the exchequer. Within four
months of the commissioning of the bridge, a
two-metre hole was detected on the main slab near
the abutment. A few months later, another hole
was detected on another slab. The bridge was
weak due to the inadequate quantity of cement and
steel used in it and therefore it had to be
demolished. A new bridge was constructed, causing
a loss of Rs 12,088,000 to the State Government.
8
The Daily Corruption 14 January 2008
The call for an investigation into the Health
Departments pharmaceutical board handling of
medical drugs has heightened this week. A
medical insider, on condition of anonymity,
alleged that fraudulent tenders for medical drugs
and mosquito nets were being targeted as a major
part of the alleged corruption in the Health
Department. Millions of kina are being wasted
and stolen through corruption and slackness at
the high levels of the Health Department, the
insider said. These corrupt practices involved
the Health Departments hierarchy.
9
The Daily Corruption 14 January 2008
The Albanian government has embraced an
anti-corruption strategy that will be implemented
through 2013 to fight rampant corruption. The
problem in the country is so pervasive, the
latest European Commission report on Albania
describes it as a social phenomenon. Ending
corruption is one of the most important
conditions for Albania to receive an invitation
to join NATO during the Alliances meeting in
Bucharest this spring. Officials are also
speaking out about corrupt practices. President
Bamir Topi shocked the public when he declared on
December 4th 2007 that Albanian officials think
day and night about how to steal from the true
land owners.
10
The Daily Corruption 18 January 2008
Former energy secretary Toufiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury
was on Wednesday sent to jail after he
surrendered in court in the Khulna power plant
'bribery' case. Dhaka metropolitan sessions
judge M Azizul Haque issued the order after
Toufiq, escorted by his counsels, had appeared in
the court and sought bail. He is facing charges
of corruption along with seven others, including
the imprisoned former prime minister, Sheikh
Hasina, also the Awami League president, for
allegedly taking Tk 3 crore in kickbacks from
officials of three power companies.
11
The Daily Corruption 20 January 2008
A supervisor of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company
Sdn Bhd was brought before the Magistrate's Court
in the capital to face 20 charges for
contravening Section 6(a) of the prevention of
Corruption Act (Chapter 131) read with Section
7(1) of the same act. Investigation conducted by
the Anti Corruption Bureau revealed that between
May 2006 and January 2008, the accused accepted
some 10,000 from a contract manager and a
project manager of a company as an inducement or
reward for showing favourable consideration
relating to a tender project awarded by BSP to
the said company.
12
The Daily Corruption 20 January 2008
In one of the worst-ever compromises since the
LDF Government came to power, the Local Self -
Government Department has entered into an
agreement with contractors to improve the basic
infrastructure, violating all accepted
norms. During the Ninth Five-Year Plan, a model
for beneficiary committee-based execution of road
works was mooted by the Peoples Plan campaign in
1997. This was aimed at defeating the
politician-contractor- engineer nexus under the
centralised system. According to reliable
official information, the contractors and
engineers collude and use only 60 percent of the
permissible bitumen and divert the rest to the
black market. This is the kickback shared by the
cartel.
13
The Daily Corruption 23 January 2008
Corruption and ineffective public institutions
are still undermining good governance in the
country, a report by the African Peer Review
Mechanism National Commission has said. The
World Bank (2005) estimates that Uganda loses
about 300m (sh510b) per year through corruption
and procurement malpractices, the 592-pages
report notes. It reckons that the Government
would save sh30b annually by eliminating losses
from corruption in public procurement alone.
Citing the 2005 Auditor Generals Report, it
estimates that 20 of the value of public
procurement was lost through corruption, prompted
by weak public procurement laws, adding that
procurement accounts for 70 of public
expenditure.
14
The Daily Corruption 23 January 2008
Mpumalanga's former director general Advocate
Stanley Soko is expected tp appear in court on
Thursday when the province's largest corruption
trial resumes. Soko and axed Mpumalanga Economic
Empowerment Corporation (MEEC) chief executive
Ernest Khosa are scheduled to appear in
Nelspruit's Regional Court for allegedly forcing
government contractors to meet them in shady car
parks and dark streets to pay massive cash
bribes. Both men were fired from their jobs when
the scandal broke, and have been charged with
corruption, fraud, and contravention of both the
Public Service Management Act and the Organised
Crime Act.
15
The Daily Corruption 25 January 2008
"Make money, but not at any price!" Shareholders
of the German industrial giant Siemens were
impressed Thursday by strong profits but called
for an end to corruption within the
group. Before almost 10,000 investors, Daniela
Bergdolt, from the DSW group of small investors,
judged that "the reputation built by Siemens for
160 years has been reduced to ashes." Albrecht
Kinkelin, a 64-year-old investor from Munich,
told AFP however that "corruption in the economy
is not exceptional," and estimated that "the
group's image is certainly damaged, but not
forever." All the same, he felt Siemens ought to
have "acted more frankly."
16
The Daily Corruption 25 January 2008
Slovak Defence Minister Frantisek Kasicky quit on
Friday over mismanaged procurement tenders that
could have cost the state tens of millions of
dollars. Prime Minister Robert Fico said he had
accepted the resignation. Slovak media have
reported that defence ministry officials
overstated the value of several tenders for
services such as maintenance or
translations. One of the largest mismanaged
tenders was a winter maintenance contract (not
yet awarded), which the ministry originally
listed as worth 1.5 billion crowns (65.13
million). The ministry later publicly confirmed
the contract was really only worth around 140
million crowns.
17
The Daily Corruption 26 January 2008
Yemen has assured its commitment to good
governance in order to facilitate development.
This commitment was launched at the beginning of
2005 at the international conference held in
Jordon, said Minister of Justice Dr Ghazi Shaif
al-Aghbari at a regional conference concerned
with supporting the UN convention for fighting
corruption in the Arab World. Corruption
represents the biggest danger to the national
economy as it results in damaging societal values
and laws and causes losses to the country and its
citizens, said al-Aghbari. Yemen signed the UN
Convention to Fight Corruption in 2003 and
announced its commitment before the global
community to increase efforts and activities in
investigating and prosecuting corruption.
18
The Daily Corruption 28 January 2008
The head of Nigeria's anti-corruption unit has
reportedly been ordered to go on year-long study
leave, in an apparent attempt to sideline
him. Nuhu Ribadu, who has spearheaded Nigeria's
attempts to combat financial crime, is involved
in the prosecution of seven former state
governors. Observers say that if he is removed
from his post, it will be a blow to President
Umaru Yar'Adua's credibility. The president came
to power in May promising to fight rampant
corruption.
19
The Daily Corruption 30 January 2008
In recent months the Karnataka state capital has
been caught in the turbulence of politics - but
the city that aspires to lead India into the
future has bigger worries it seems - worries over
the functioning of basic facilities like
hospitals. It turns out that mothers of newborn
babies here have to face the worst kind of
corruption in government hospitals. As TIMES NOW
found out new mothers who are already in a tender
physical condition are made to undergo mental
agony as well, having to pay a price to see their
own little babies.
20
The Daily Corruption 30 January 2008
Himachal Pradesh government had decided to order
high level probe into the controversial allotment
of tenders and supply orders awarded by state
Public Works (PWD) and Irrigation and Public
Health (IPH) Departments during previous congress
regime resulting in huge loss to the state
exchequer. Official sources told this reporter
here today that Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal
had already handed over the investigation of
rupees 75 crores Bamsan drinking water supply
scheme falling in his home constituency to state
Vigilance Bureau. Official of the Bureau had
already reached Hamirpur to seize the records of
IPH department. The initial cost of this scheme
was rupees 35 crore only.
21
The Daily Corruption 30 January 2008
The Commission for Investigation of the Abuse
Authority (CIAA) Friday, requested department
heads and other government officials to expedite
monitoring mechanism on corruption and
irregularities prevalent in all departments and
organizations. The CIAA cited the major barriers
to controlling corruption and effective
implementation of the policies as delayed
correspondence, lacking effective monitoring on
irregularities and mal-appropriation, inattention
towards the issues, referring to the upper level
for responses and directions on issues.
22
The Daily Corruption 30 January 2008
After performing dismally in the Gujarat and
Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, graft
allegations on Jammu and Kashmir Education
Minister Peerzada Mohammed Sayeed has doubled the
worries of Congress strategists. Also, with
Assembly elections expected in October, bribery
accusation on Sayeed, who also happens to be the
state president of the Congress, spells trouble
for Congress Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Although Sayeed has resigned as the minister and
party president, Azads pledge to make the
society corruption-free has begun to ring
increasingly hollow. Shoaib Lone, an Independent
MLA from Sangrama, accused Sayeed of receiving Rs
40,000 as bribe from him for granting permission
to his sister for opening an elementary teachers
training institute.
23
The Daily Corruption 7 February 2008
Tanzania's Prime Minister Edward Lowassa told
parliament Thursday he had tendered his
resignation to the president after being
implicated in a corruption scandal over an energy
deal. The premier's decision came after a report
was submitted to parliament over a deal signed
between the government and the Texas-based firm
Richmond for emergency power supply. According
to a probe into the contract, the prime minister
as well as two other government ministers and
several other officials allegedly meddled in the
tender to favour the US company. According to
the report, the deal contravened laws and rules
on procurement and costs the country 140,000
dollars a day.
24
The Daily Corruption 7 February 2008
After almost a year the forensic investigation
into various allegations of fraud, corruption and
other irregularities at the Local Municipality of
Madibeng is complete and 26 of these are being
investigated further by the Directorate of
Special Investigations of the National
Prosecuting Authority. Mr. Phillemon Mapulane,
Municipal Manager of the Local Municipality of
Madibeng, said that the primary reason for the
institution of the investigation was due to
several allegations received from different
sources. The allegations implicated both
officials (most at senior level), councillors and
outside parties. According to Mapulane this was
coupled with prima facie evidence of favouritism
towards friends and other related parties with
regard to the manipulations of the procurement
process and disregard of departmental
recommendations by the awarding body.
25
The Daily Corruption 9 February 2008
Party men now demand punishment of former BNP
lawmaker Shahidul Islam Master for amassing
illegal wealth and misappropriating relief goods.
Shahidul, elected from Jhenidah-3 constituency
(Moheshpur) in last parliamentary polls, is on
the list of 80 corruption suspects announced by
the National Committee Against Corruption. He
faces seven cases including five for extortion
and two for misappropriation of relief
goods. Talking to this correspondent, several
leaders of BNP and its youth and student fronts
accused Shahidul of amassing crores of taka
through tender manipulation, extortion and other
illegal means and tarnishing the image of the
party.
26
The Daily Corruption 9 February 2008
Executives at Germany's main warship-building
company are being investigated over claims that
they offered kickbacks in Angola for an order,
the weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported
Saturday. No ship order was actually placed, but
a corruption inquiry was under way against
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) staff involved
in the tender, Spiegel said, adding that TKMS
offices had been searched by police in Hamburg
and Essen on December 19. TKMS had tendered to
supply a corvette and three coastal patrol boats
worth 750 million euros (1.1 billion dollars) to
Angola under a deal that had been initiated by
the Angolan military with a letter of intent on
February 22, 2006.
27
The Daily Corruption 14 February 2008
Directors of the largest construction companies,
which were detained on Tuesday, along with
several other persons, on suspicion of corruption
and construction crime, are on pretrial release
after the State Attorneys request to sentence
them with one-month imprisonment was denied.
According to media headlines, this
investigation, related to malversations of the
construction lobby started several months ago
and is based on suspicions of money laundering
and transferring cash funds to private accounts,
continues. The tender for construction of
100-meter-high control tower at the Ljubljana
Airport Jože Pucnik, which was the primary motif
for arrest, was cancelled and the Agency for Air
Traffic Control will publish a new tender.
28
The Daily Corruption 15 February 2008
The staggering extent of corruption in the
procurement department of Telecom Namibia about
10 years ago started emerging more fully as the
Telecom scrap-copper corruption trial continued
in the High Court in Windhoek yesterday. Ivan
Ganes, who as Telecom Namibia's Manager
Procurement was in charge of that department at
the parastatal between April 1995 and early 2001,
readily admitted in testimony given before Judge
Collins Parker yesterday that he received
millions of rand in "commissions", which were in
fact bribes, over the last five years of his
employment at the company. Ganes is a key
witness for the prosecution.
29
The Daily Corruption 22 February 2008
The energy minister delayed a raid on the
state-owned pipeline company BOTAS's offices and
forced the retirement of officials involved in a
corruption case involving the company's officials
in the tender for the scheduled building of a
natural gas depot under the Salt Lake in central
Anatolia, according to an indictment prepared by
an Ankara prosecutor. Prosecutor Mehmet Tamöz
briefed Energy Minister Hilmi Güler on the matter
and was asked to delay the operation, the
indictment said. The minister suspended all BOTAS
officials involved and forced some to resign.
The indictment also includes film recordings of
officials taking bribes from contractors who
wanted to win the tender.
30
The Daily Corruption 7 22ebruary 2008
Two major bribery scandals brought to light
yesterday by Turkish newspapers that cited
several bureaucrats and businessmen involve
allegations of corruption in public institutions
and might signal that corruption and bribery,
which have been decreasing since 2002 according
to domestic and international reports, might be
making a comeback. According to a 2006 World
Bank report on corruption that covers the years
2002 to 2005, corruption in Turkey had decreased
during that time period as a result of reforms
carried out to improve the business environment.
Turkish companies reported a lower number of
bribery incidents in public tenders than some EU
member countries, but recent events suggest that
corruption in public agencies could be slowly
heading back to pre-2002 levels.
31
The Daily Corruption 22 February 2008
The African National Congress has called for the
sacking of a senior council official who blew the
whistle on alleged abuse of power and corruption
in a R1-billion 2010 stadium project. The
apparent attempt at a cover-up follows a damning
report by independent attorneys on the alleged
corruption, which was leaked to the Mail
Guardian. Central to the saga is the Mbombela
municipal manager, Jacob Dladla, who was
investigated by the local council after being
accused of wide-ranging misconduct in relation to
2010 contracts.
32
The Daily Corruption 23 February 2008
Police investigating a corruption case involving
a debt-stricken Defense Ministry official believe
he received 3 million yen in bribes on top of the
2 million yen originally thought. Makoto Sogabe,
55, is under arrest for accepting a 2 million yen
bribe from Yasuo Yamanaka, 43, president of the
Yamanaka Kensetsu construction firm in Bihoro,
Hokkaido. In return, Sogabe informed Yamanaka of
a confidential reserve price in a tender for a
ministry contract on the construction of a
storage facility at a Ground Self-Defense Force
base in Hokkaido in March 2006. Sometime around
2006, Sogabe, who was a deputy division chief at
a local branch of the ministry in Obihiro,
Hokkaido, also asked Yamanaka to lend him about 3
million yen.
33
The Daily Corruption 24 February 2008
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has
ordered an internal audit at the party's in-house
investment firm, which is controlled by allies of
South African President Thabo Mbeki, the Sunday
Times reported. The probe of Chancellor House
Holdings comes some two months after Jacob Zuma
defeated Mbeki for the ANC leadership in a bitter
contest that was marked by allegations on both
sides of dirty tricks, vote-buying and political
smear campaigns. It will include an audit of
black empowerment deals and tenders won by the
firm and is also expected to look at the roles
played by Mbeki, Deputy President Phumzile
Mlambo-Ngcuka and ex-ANC treasurer-general Mendi
Msimang, the newspaper said.
34
The Daily Corruption 4 March 2008
Who was manipulating the bidding in a tender for
the construction of a hall in Karlovy Vary, and
why? Anti-corruption Unit has been trying to
unravel these questions for over a year. Now,
new information has been made available, pointing
to possible links between the company that was
running the selection procedure (also known as
"the Czech bidding lottery"), and the company
that won the tender. Jirí Pilský, an agent with
Stormen, the company hired by Karlovy Vary to
organize the bidding, used to work for Tender
Group Plus. That company is under suspicion of
having manipulated selection procedures in the
past, and the court case is currently on trial.
35
The Daily Corruption 12 March 2008
Nine suspects, including Edirne Mayor Hamdi
Sedefçi, were arrested by a court Monday for
alleged corruption in tenders and for organized
crime, while seven others, including the son of
former President Turgut Özal, Ahmet Özal, were
released pending trial. All suspects were
questioned by the Edirne prosecutor's
office. Özal, speaking to reporters after his
release, said he trusted the Turkish judiciary,
dismissing claims that he was involved in
corruption. The suspects face charges of
corrupting tenders, accepting bribes and forming
a criminal organization.
36
The Daily Corruption 13 March 2008
Detectives are investigating allegations of
corruption in collapsed Tube firm Metronet, the
Standard reveals today. Police have been called
in after a six-figure contract for complex
electrical work was given to a firm that
specialises in unblocking drains. An Evening
Standard investigation has uncovered serious
concerns over how 850,000 worth of work to
refurbish electrical fittings and fire alarms at
Oxford Circus station was awarded. A contract
was given by Metronet to Lanes Group, which has
no industry certification for electrical work.
37
The Daily Corruption 15 March 2008
South Africa's 2010 World Cup soccer tournament
was a prime target for corruption, editors were
told in Johannesburg on Friday. "There was a
real fear that South Africa, in the staging of
the 2010 Soccer World Cup, could look bad in the
eyes of the world because of the dangers of
corruption," said Professor Danny Titus,
chairperson of the SA branch of Transparency
International. "There is no national picture of
what tender fraud looks like in South
Africa...what the amounts are and the type of
tenders involved, " he said. Corruption in
Africa 'cost 150bn'
38
The Daily Corruption 22 March 2008
IT must be counted among the most bizarre
revelations in Nigeria political history that a
little more than 13billion went down the drains
in one of the most imponderable contracting
scandals recorded anywhere involving a
government. The Nigerian House of
Representatives, particularly the honourable
Ndidi Elumelu and his colleagues in the House
Committee on Power have conducted a methodical
probe of the power sector, and have unravelled a
profound and unimaginable depth of sleaze in the
contract regime of the Nigeria Integrated Power
Project initiated by the Olusegun Obasanjo
government. From the oral and documentary
evidence, it has been clearly established that
the total expenditure in the power sector during
the period was 13.28bn.
39
The Daily Corruption 17 April 2008
The Office of Fair Trading has today formally
accused 112 construction firms in England of
participating in "bid rigging", in its biggest
investigation of cartel activity to date. Some
of the biggest names in construction in the UK
including Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Connaught,
Interserve and Kier have been accused of
ripping off the public sector to the tune of
hundreds of millions of pounds. They were today
issued with a "statement of objections" from the
OFT, alleging that they participated in
cartel-type activity in bidding for thousands of
public sector construction contracts, worth 3
billion, including tenders for schools,
universities and hospitals. Multi-million pound
fines are expected to arise from the
investigation, which began in 2004.
40
The Daily Corruption 17 April 2008
The fourth penal section of the Milan tribunal
has sentenced former Health Minister Girolamo
Sirchia to three years in prison, charged with
corruption and embezzlement in relation to the
alleged bribes accepted when he was head doctor
at the Milan Polyclinic. It is a ruling going
beyond the request made by state attorneys
Eugenio Fusco and Maurizio Romanelli, who had
asked for 2 years and nine months. Sirchia had
been accused of taking bribes from multinationals
specialized in healthcare products in exchange
for favouring them in tenders.
41
The Daily Corruption 18 April 2008
An investigation into tenders called by the
National Road Infrastructure Fund (NRIF) found
flaws in two public procurements, the Transport
Ministry said on April 18. The probe, carried
out at the request of Transport Minister Petar
Moutafchiev by the ministrys internal audit
department, detected breaches in tenders that
were to be financed with funds from the European
Union's Operational Programme Transport. The
Transport Ministry, in its capacity as the
administrator of funds under the transport
operational programme, decided against financing
these projects and advised NRIF to consider its
further actions carefully.
42
The Daily Corruption 18 April 2008
German companies did not register any improvement
in the traditional weak points of Bulgarias
business environment corruption, the lack of
transparency in public procurements, as well as
the poor state of the countrys infrastructure.
These were the findings of a survey, published on
April 9, carried out by German-Bulgarian Chamber
of Industry and Commerce (GBCIC). The survey
results show that, in general, the German
investors in Bulgaria are not satisfied with the
framework conditions in the country. They found
that the effectiveness of local administration,
access to funding and the conditions for
scientific work were unsatisfactory - all marked
with 3.6, while legal security and public
procurement transparency received a grade of
3.8. Even worse was the evaluation for public
infrastructure and the fight against organised
crime (4.1).
43
The Daily Corruption 18 April 2008
The head of department for health and social
development in Limpopo, Dr Jabu Dlamini, almost
burst into tears yesterday when she was grilled
by the standing committee on public accounts
(Scopa) about questionable transactions. Dlamini
had no answers when Scopa aked her about
allegations of fronting and malpractices in the
tendering process. This was after Dlamini and
her team of professionals were unable to give
answers about the expenditure on the departments
building that was built in the 2006/2007
financial year. It also wanted an explanation
about allegations that a multimillion-rand food
parcel supply tender was awarded to seven
companies, although only one invoice was
submitted.
44
The Daily Corruption 24 April 2008
The steps Yemen has taken in the fight against
corruption were more than noticeable, acting as
an indicator that the president and the Yemeni
government are working together to take measures
that aim at reducing corruption and limiting the
influence of corrupt officials in government
circles. Since 2004, Yemen has revised a large
number of legislation to support the
anti-corruption movement, with the help of
international donors, Yemen was able to bring a
revised procurement law into effect, forming a
committee to combating corruption, undertaking
several awareness and publicity campaigns against
corruption, and restricting and empowering the
Central Organization for Control and Audit.
However, spectators still believe that there is
along way to go for Yemen is corruption will be
illuminated.
45
The Daily Corruption 30 April 2008
In the absence of a proper system of checks and
balances, corruption has firmly gripped the
funding of civic projects under the Jawaharlal
Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Interestingly, the tenders floated for the road
works under the JNNURM have some strange
conditions which read more like an open demand
for kickbacks that contractors should provide
the PMC's engineers and consultants with things
like Tavera cars, laptops, tea-cups, laptops,
water purifiers and chairs! Commenting on this, a
contractor who requested anonymity said, "Now it
is an open secret that not a single tender in the
municipal corporation is passed without paying
kickbacks. There should be some checks on those
who approve tenders and those who move files from
table to table."
46
The Daily Corruption 30 April 2008
The Colombian government is promising
transparency in the way it conducts water
tenders. It could prove vital in encouraging
private sector investment. Between 1996 and
2003, the Colombian government spent COP11.7
trillion (6.47 billion at current exchange
rates) to boost the number of citizens with
access to water and sewerage provision. The
government is now admitting that a large part of
that money was wasted on unneeded works and
bribes.
47
The Daily Corruption 2 May 2008
Police questioned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert for 90 minutes under caution that he may
face charges. Olmert has been questioned in
recent years about a number of alleged crimes,
including steering government contracts to
friends and making illegal patronage
appointments. None of the investigations have
resulted in charges as of yet. The secretive
nature of the questioning, the news that Olmert
had been given just 48 hours warning and the fact
that the interrogation was "under caution" led
media to speculate that police may be close to
breaking one of the cases.
48
The Daily Corruption 4 May 2008
The government has awarded a R4.7m a year tender
to clean dirty hospital linen from an Eastern
Cape hospital to a man who does not have washing
machines, the Sunday Times has reported. When
all the laundry items were not being returned to
the Cecilia Makiwane hospital, the reason became
obvious. The businessman who won the contract
employed people to scrub bloodied sheets in tubs
of cold water, with their bare hands, the Sunday
Times said. A member of a delegation that
visited the "laundry" found that conditions there
were "shocking," and there was no trace of any
washing powder.
49
The Daily Corruption 7 May 2008
Two allied groups of accountants, bishops and
businessmen announced on Wednesday that they have
banded together to intensify the monitoring of
state procurement and review government
tenders. The groups include the Philippine
Institute of Certified Public Accountants (Picpa)
and Bishops-Business Conference for Human
Development (BBC), a member of the Coalition
Against Corruption (CAC). Done through a signing
of a memorandum of agreement last Monday, Picpa's
and BBC's initiative comes in the wake of the
CAC's launch of its "Catching the Big Fish"
campaign.
50
The Daily Corruption 8 May 2008
Technical officers who process government tender
documents have been blamed for fuelling
corruption, nepotism and favoritism. Addressing
a kgotla meeting in Mmopane in the Kweneng
District, the MP for Kweneng South East, MP
Mmoloki Raletobana, said some officers,
especially foreigners had a tendency of releasing
secret information about government projects to
certain companies they favour to help them to win
tenders. He said excluding politicians from the
Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board was
not a solution but would rather give them chance
to continue awarding tenders to their friends.
51
The Daily Corruption 10 May 2008
The Supreme National Authority for Combating
Corruption (SNACC) announced last week that it is
finishing investigations on six corruption cases,
dysfunctions and financial violations of about YR
20 billion, said Dr. Bilqis Abu Usbaa in a
recent report issued by SNACC. This report comes
every three months and is submitted to the
president and the Parliament as a disclosure of
these cases. These cases are among 141 claims
that SNACC received since the authoritys
establishment last year. The authority received
78 of these claims in the period from January to
the end of March 2008. Regarding the cases that
are computable with corruption, the report
confirmed that six of them are about to finish,
while the others are still under investigation
and follow up.
52
The Daily Corruption 10 May 2008
The much publicized Sri Lanka Cricket tender to
build 40 new concrete strips for schools around
the country ran into deeper controversy on
Thursday when the Sports Ministry representative
who attended the meeting at Sri Lanka Cricket
(SLC) headquarters to evaluate the tender bids,
ordered everything cancelled and asked SLC
officials call for fresh bids as they have failed
to follow the correct procedures. We had to
temporarily halt the tender process due to a few
problems about the tender. We will be calling for
fresh bids and will award it shortly said SLC
Chief Executive Duleep Mendis yesterday. Mendis
denied to elaborate further on the matter.
53
The Daily Corruption 21 May 2008
Members of parliament were stunned by a report on
the endemic nature of corruption in the
department of correctional services, detailing
cases of tender rigging, medical aid fraud and
petrol card abuse. The extent of the graft
prompted outspoken committee chairperson Dennis
Bloem (ANC) to say corruption "seems to be part
and parcel of the uniform of Correctional
Services". "But more serious in this
investigation is that the (department's)
headquarters are now under investigation - it's
not (only) the soldiers. This makes it more
serious,". He was reacting to one of the report's
findings that 27 officials faced disciplinary
hearings for undisclosed business interests, some
involving contracts with the department. They
include officials above the rank of director.
54
The Daily Corruption 22 May 2008
Corruption in Bosnian privatisation deals over
the past year could be worth more than 250,000,
an anti-corruption watchdog claims. Preliminary
findings from the first phase of the monitoring,
which Transparency International Bosnia and
Herzegovina, BiH, is doing in cooperation with
the Open Society Fund BiH, indicates an extremely
high risk level of corruption within
privatisation deals mainly because of a lack of
transparency in all phases, Boris Divjak, the
director of Transparency International. Based on
the findings so far, both Bosnian entities are
violating the many basic principles for public
procurement as well as concessions and
privatisation deals. As a result, Transparency
International BiH has launched criminal
proceedings with local courts against governments
of both Bosnian entities, Divjak said.
55
The Daily Corruption 13 June 2008
The head of the State Information Technology
Agency (Sita) has admitted that tender procedures
were flouted on multi-billion contracts awarded
to four companies to modernise the home affairs
identification systems. Sita Chief Executive
Officer Llewellyn Jones told the National
Assembly's portfolio committee on home affairs on
Thursday that proper procedures were not adhered
to when combined contracts worth more than
R3,4-billion were given to the IT firms. The
whole saga was triggered by the R1,8-billion
contract that was awarded two years ago to
GijimaAST, and the costs have since escalated to
more than R2,4-billion.
56
The Daily Corruption 13 June 2008
One of Turkey's leading companies has denied
corruption charges relating to its participation
in tenders on building compressor stations in the
Hanak, Çorum and Sivas regions. According to
Vatan newspaper's June 10 headline, company
Siemens Sanayi ve Ticaret allegedly leaned on
some officials to make sure its products were
used in the Petroleum Pipeline Corporation, or
BOTAS, tenders in 2005-2006. The daily implied
that Siemens had offered a bribe worth 57 million
euros to high-level Turkish officials.
57
The Daily Corruption 26 June 2008
Yemen, one of the worlds poorest countries, has
made strides in addressing rampant corruption,
but challenges remain, a top World Bank official
said. Emmanuel Mbi, the World Banks director of
central Middle Eastern and North Africa affairs,
said Yemen had already taken legal action against
a number of government officials regarding the
awarding of contracts. Seven cases are expected
to be put before the courts, he said. The good
thing is that Yemen is on the right track, said
Mr Mbi. Corruption is considered one of the
major problems in Yemen today, with bribe taking
considered a way of life in a country where 42
per cent of the population live in poverty. Abuse
of government authority and embezzlement are also
widespread.
58
The Daily Corruption 4 July 2008
Turkish gendarmes arrested member of the
Kaynaklar municipality in Buca District of Izmir
Region of Turkey from the ruling Justice and
Development Party (AKP) Mustafa Karagulmez. APA
quotes the Turkish news agencies as saying that
38 persons, including the municipality chief were
arrested during the operations held by 400
gendarmes on Friday. The arrests were instructed
by the Izmir Prosecutors Office, which accused
Karagulmez in corruption, bribe, weapon
smuggling, illegal tender actions and abuse its
power. Files and other documents related to the
municipal tenders were confiscated by the
gendarmes.
59
The Daily Corruption 10 July 2008
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape
has described a leaked report on corruption in
the Eastern Cape government as scandalous and
damning. According to the report, purported to be
the Pillay Report commissioned by the Eastern
Cape Premier Nosimo Balindlela, politicians'
families benefited from state funded loans and
the awarding of tenders. DA Eastern Cape Chief
Whip, Bobby Stevenson, says the party wants the
report to be thoroughly dealt with to show
there's no room for go-slows and cover ups. "The
step that the DA is proposing is that the report
is to be referred immediately to the joint
portfolio committees of finance and the premier's
office so that the report can be interrogated
use its powers to summons witnesses and get
people to give evidence. the report is
politically explosive, damning and we need to get
to the truth."
60
The Daily Corruption 11 July 2008
A team of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)
investigators on Thursday conducted a search in
two locations in the House of Representatives
(DPR) complex in south Jakarta in connection with
the suspected involvement of legislator Bulyan
Royan in a bribery case. In their effort to
collect more evidence against Royan, the KPK
search team targeted the quarters of the
secretariat of the Houses Commission V of which
he was a member, and the legislators private
office. Royan, a representative of the Star
Reform Party (PBR), was arrested last June 30
after he had collected an amount of money from a
businessman who had won a tender for the supply
of patrol boats for the Transportation Ministry.
61
The Daily Corruption 15 July 2008
The German economics magazine WirtschaftsWoche
published Saturday an article on Bulgaria stating
that anyone intending to do business there must
be prepared to face the rampant
corruption. According to the magazine, all
German companies heading to invest in Bulgaria
were of the need to pay bribes, and the
likelihood to come across pre-determined tenders
and competition with very good connections. Wirts
chaftsWoche gives as an example the case of the
German company Hamburg Port Consulting, which was
thrown out of the competition for the concession
of the Danube Port of Lom even though its bid was
EUR 18 M higher than that of the favorite - Nove
Holding, owned by the Bulgarian tycoon Vasil
Bozhkov.
62
The Daily Corruption 19 July 2008
A senior official from Macedonia's opposition
party has been released on bail after being
arrested on suspicion of corruption, news
reaching here from Skopje reported on Friday.
Zoran Zaev, vice-president of the Social
Democrats, was arrested on Thursday along with
four other people on suspicion of abuse of office
in a tender for a local shopping mall in Strumica
where he serves as its major.
63
The Daily Corruption 19 July 2008
Prosecutions for several high-profile corruption
scandals should be expedited so trials could
begin soon, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said
at a meeting of the Central Steering
Anti-Corruption Committee Friday. The
high-profile cases are a US5.3 million bank
swindle and an electronic meter tendering scandal
at the Ho Chi Minh City Electric Power
Company. Dung told agencies concerned to also
accelerate the investigations of 13 major
corruption cases implicating many state
officials.
64
The Daily Corruption 26 July 2008
The senior project manager at the heart of
corruption allegations over City of Port Phillip
contracts was convicted for serious fraud four
years ago. Further revelations around Port
Phillip's cash-for-contracts controversy emerged
yesterday as the State Government confirmed that
Victoria's Ombudsman, George Brouwer, had
launched an "own motion" inquiry. Police are now
also investigating. The Ombudsman's inquiry will
also take over an existing Government inquiry
into the council's failure to tender about
600,000 in work granted to a controversial
change consultant, Caroline Shahbaz.
65
The Daily Corruption 28 July 2008
Grass-roots level activists of Magura BNP have
formally raised their voices against alleged
misdeeds by district leaders during the 4-party
alliance rule. They bitterly crticised the then
district leadership for tender manipulation
during the five years and amassing wealth at the
cost of the party. At a special meeting Saturday
evening, many of the grass-roots leaders and
activists alleged that during the alliance rule,
front ranking leaders had formed a syndicate
styled 'negotiation committee' that manipulated
tenders in different government departments,
which seriously tarnished the image of
BNP. According to them, some district leaders
amassed several crores of taka through tender
manipulation, but the party is now facing serious
financial crisis.
66
The Daily Corruption 8 August 2008
Despite his earlier defiant challenge to the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),
Nigerian Tribune can reveal that former Deputy
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Chief Olabode George, reportedly made
frantic but futile efforts to stave off his
arrest by the commissions operatives in the
early hours of Thursday. The commission is also
almost certain that he would appear today before
a Federal High Court in Lagos. The PDP chieftain
was reportedly arrested over an alleged N85
billion contract scandal in the Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA) when he was the chairman of the
board, which served as the tenders board.
67
The Daily Corruption 12 September 2008
Albanias newly appointed Minister of Health,
Anila Godo, has accused her predecessor of buying
26 million of expired and stock medicines. Godo
on Friday said flagrant corruption had been
uncovered with regard to tenders for the
acquisition of drugs, bringing the health system
to its knees. A few days ago, the Mother Theresa
University Hospital in Tirana suspended surgical
operations, apart from emergencies, citing the
lack of basic items such as anesthetics. The
new minister told the Health Commission in
Albanias parliament that she had asked the
office of Internal Auditing in the Ministry of
Finance and the High State Auditing Office to
probe the tenders of the ministry and main
hospitals.
68
The Daily Corruption 13 September 2008
A task force of bureaucrats, politicians and
private sector participants is jointly dissecting
corrupt practices in the construction sector. The
task force has identified five main stages of
corruption planning and design, bidding,
evaluation and implementation. Suggestions on
curbing measures have been made, said a member of
the committee formed on a cabinet directive. The
report is expected to be presented to the cabinet
soon. At the bidding stage, when companies bid
for projects, a lot of established nexus can be
seen, stated the report. The team pointed out
collusion and rigging among bidders to push up
the prices or ensure a shared bid.
69
The Daily Corruption 19 September 2008
Ombudsmen from the East African Community on
Thursday started a three-day meeting in Kigali,
the Rwandan capital to devise comprehensive and
common strategy aimed at fighting corruption and
injustices in different public institutions. The
regional meeting of anti-graft institutional
heads from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi and
Rwanda, under their umbrella organization of the
East African Association of Anti-corruption
Authorities (EAAAA), was presided over by the
Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Makuza. The
meeting underway at the Novotel Hotel in Kigali
comes at a time when corruption is said to be
increasing in almost all the regional states with
several government officials cited in numerous
financial scams including tenders.
70
The Daily Corruption 21 September 2008
The resignation of the Secretary, Ministry of
Finance, a.k.a. the Treasury Secretary, this
week, is quite historic in the sense that it is
the first time since Independence sixty years
ago, that a public servant of such rank has quit
office following a very serious reprimand on
allegation of corruption. The Supreme Court
judgement on the Lanka Marine Services case has
received wide coverage since the order was
delivered on finding the Treasury Secretary, Dr.
P.B. Jayasundera, guilty of connivance in
awarding a Government tender to a private
company. The judgement, to say the least, was a
damning critique of the Secretary's official
conduct. One must give the public spirited
citizens who painstakingly raked out the muck
from this sordid rip-off of the people's assets,
credit for their actions.
71
The Daily Corruption 25 September 2008
The Diyarbakir 7th Army Corps Military
Prosecutor's Office has expanded an investigation
into allegations of corruption in tenders held by
the Defense Ministry's Diyarbakir Construction
Real Estate NATO ENF Regional Office to include
the Diyarbakir Internal Supply Services
Directorate. Diyarbakir Construction
Real Estate NATO ENF commander Col. M.R. and
branch head Maj. S.E. have been taken into
custody as part of the investigation. The
prosecution accuses the suspects of rigging
tenders to award projects to only a specific
group of contractors for the maintenance and
repair of military facilities in Diyarbakir,
Sirnak, Batman, Urfa and Mardin for the year 2008.
72
The Daily Corruption 26 September 2008
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency
International says the African Union and regional
institutions must do more to encourage good
governance in East Africa. Many countries,
including Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda are at or near the
bottom of the organization's latest Corruption
Perception Index released on Tuesday. VOA
Correspondent Alisha Ryu has more from our East
Africa Bureau in Nairobi. Calling the results of
the survey for East and Horn of African countries
"grim," Transparency International's executive
director in Kenya, Job Ogonda says the time has
come for the African Union and the East African
Community to create anti-corruption bodies, which
are solely accountable to the people and have the
power to curb abuses.
73
The Daily Corruption 29 September 2008
A voice recording discovered in Ankara allegedly
features the voice of the mayor of the district
of Çankaya, known as a stronghold of the
Republican Peoples Party (CHP), confessing to
having bribed CHP members on the municipal
council, as well as having forced companies
hoping to compete in municipal tenders to pay
bribes. According to a story printed in
various newspapers across the country yesterday,
a voice allegedly belonging to Çankaya Mayor
Muzaffer Eryilmaz says in the recording that the
mayor cant find the time to work because he is
busy bribing CHP members of the municipal
council.
74
The Daily Corruption 8 October 2008
Recently in the UAE there have been several
reports in the media of senior personnel in a
number of companies who are being investigated
for corruption or worse. No doubt this being
part of the government's continuing initiative
and resolve to fight corruption and punish those
that are guilty of it. The World Bank has
estimated that bribery costs the world
approximately US 1 trillion each year. Such a
sum can only adversely affect the economic growth
of developing countries, which can ill afford
such cost.
75
The Daily Corruption 16 October 2008
Thirty people, including the deputy head of a
health unit, have been taken into custody charged
with tender corruption in the central Eskisehir
province of Turkey, the state-run Anatolian
Agency reported. (UPDATED) Thirty people,
including the deputy general manager of the Basic
Health Services section of the Health Ministry,
Seraceddin Com, have been taken into custody on
charges related to tender corruption, TV channels
reported.
76
The Daily Corruption 8 16ctober 2008
ALL Pakistan Water Supply Users (APWSU) Chairman
Engineer Noor Muhammad Rehmani has pointed out
several flaws in two government tenders invited
for development projects. Rehmani said the
engineers employed by the government were
corrupt, adding that the government had not been
able to trace their malpractices due to lack of
supervision and monitoring of tenders. The
project director rejected the bids of all the
companies on the pretext that they were incapable
of supplying digital water meters, he said,
adding that the PD secretly finalised a deal with
one of the bidders to get 6,000 mechanical water
meters at the rate of 65 Euro per meter. Another
company objected to the deal and expressed its
interest in providing the same model of
mechanical water meters at a saving of Rs 20
million.
77
The Daily Corruption 17 October 2008
The police yesterday came to the head office of
state-owned oil company PT Pertamina and
confiscated documents linked with an alleged
corruption case involving Zatapi crude oil
imports. The case began February last year when
Pertamina bought 600.000 barrels of Zatapi crude
oil from PT Gold Manor International Ltd
(Singapore). Corruption allegations emerged
because no due diligence was carried prior to the
purchase of the Zatapi crude. The oil procurement
contract amounted to US 54 million. The
Development and Finance Supervisory Board (BPKP)
is still calculating the financial loss incurred
by the state.
78
The Daily Corruption 17 October 2008
A case of corruption has been opened against
Robert Gumede, the chairperson of listed
information technology company GijimaAST. Gumede,
who recently donated R10-million to the ANC
during a fundraising dinner in Sandton,
vehemently denies bribing Telkom officials and
said he was not aware of the police's probe
against him. The Mail Guardian has established
that the South African Police Service's
commercial branch in Johannesburg is actively
pursuing the corruption charge against Gumede,
relating to the award of a R600-million tender by
Telkom to his Gijima Afrika Smart Technologies
(GAST) in 2002.
79
The Daily Corruption 19 October 2008
OUTGOING president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting
yesterday called for a wide range of reforms in
the government and Barisan Nasional. Unless there
were changes, there was no more future for the
coalition, he said in an hour-long speech that
was seen as his most hard-hitting and frank. He
touched on seven core issues which contributed to
BN losing the support of the Chinese electorate
and that of the other communities in the March 8
general election. Corruption and mismanagement of
funds among public officials and politicians were
among the main problems the people faced.
80
The Daily Corruption 19 October 2008
The Speaker of Mbale Municipal council, Mr
Abdullah Kutosi, has been remanded on charges of
abuse of office and corruption. Mr Kutosi, also
a councillor representing people with
disabilities in Mbale Municipality, was arrested
by officials from the Inspectorate of Government
on October 15 after allegedly receiving a bribe
of Shs100, 000 from Mr Herman Kawanga. The
speaker allegedly promised to help Mr Kawanga to
secure a tender to collect garbage from Mbale
main market, in contravention of the Penal Code
Act. Prosecution said Mr Kutosi contravened the
law when he accepted the money, thereby
conducting himself in a manner that undermined
his position.
81
The Daily Corruption 23 October 2008
Lack of clear tendering and procurement
procedures in Constituency Development Fund
projects has led to irregular awarding of tenders
Many of the tenders are awarded to allies of the
sitting MPs, according to a report prepared by
the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering
Committee. The committee in the report, which
was launched on Wednesday, says these tenders are
not advertised thus inviting temptation to the
irregular awarding. Since the CDF funds started
being disbursed in 2003, one of the major
complaints by people in several constituencies
has been irregular awarding of the
contracts. This is because it is the allies or
relatives of the sitting MPs who are awarded the
tenders in most cases. And they end up doing
shoddy jobs on contracts awarded to them.
82
The Daily Corruption 24 October 2008
Estonian Security Police have searched the
offices of the mayor and deputy mayor of Parnu as
part of a widening investigation into possible
corruption surrounding the citys road
maintenance tender. "The proceeding was opened
to look into suspicions that officials of the
Parnu city government tried to groundlessly
create favorable terms and advantages for a
company participating in the public procurement
tender for the maintenance of Parnu roads and
streets that was announced in May," spokeswoman
for the prosecutor's office Kulli Kivioja told
the Baltic News Service. Even though the
company did not win the tender, it is suspected
that officials bended the public procurement
rules in order to ensure the bid of the preferred
company succeeded, she added.
83
The Daily Corruption 7 November 2008
The final decisions on government tenders must be
taken out of the hands of politicians, ANC
president Jacob Zuma said on Friday. "We must
remove adjudication of tenders from those that
hold political office. We must separate it," he
said. Responding to questions at a Cape Town
Press Club breakfast he suggested a mechanism
such as a tender board needed to be found to
address this issue. "That will go a long way to
delivering a telling blow against corruption, at
least in government." Zuma said corruption was
"all over" and causing anxiety in South Africa.
84
The Daily Corruption 11 November 2008
THROWN out by the Ugandan government on grounds
of corruption, a South African firm has landed a
multi-billion-shilling deal in Tanzania to
produce Smartcard driving licences. According to
informed sources, the company is charging 21.53
(approximately 25,200/-) per Smartcard driving
licence but local experts claim that the amount
is more than double the real cost. Media reports
quoting Ugandas internal affairs ministry said
that Face Technologies quoted 97m while the
ministrys own evaluation had put the cost at
56m. In addition, Ugandas Inspector-General of
Government reported that the tender submitted in
2006 by the South African company was tainted
with corruption
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