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This section provides readers with the latest news regarding anti-corruption issues worldwide.

SEA-PAC Proposes To Include Corporate Liability Provisions In Private Sector

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Dis (Bernama) -- Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Against Corruption (SEA-PAC) Tuesday agreed to follow-up with their respective governments to include corporate liability provisions in the legislative system to address corruption in the private sector.   [field_txt_news_link]

Malaysia suggests Asean Ministerial meeting on Anti-Corruption

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called for the establishment of the Asean Ministerial Meeting on Anti-Corruption to ensure that holistic and coordinated corruption prevention initiatives could be planned at the regional level. In making the proposal, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Paul Low noted that currently there was no specific ministerial portfolio in other Asean governments on good governance and integrity, especially in combating graft. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: EU’s role in facilitating global corruption

In the 20th edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), four out of the top five performing countries are European (Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway). However Europe cannot be complacent about the role it plays in facilitating corruption elsewhere. [field_txt_news_link]

Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: Clean growth at risk

Berlin, 3 December 2014 – Corruption is a problem for all economies, requiring leading financial centres in the EU and US to act together with fast-growing economies to stop the corrupt from getting away with it, anti-corruption group Transparency International said today. [field_txt_news_link]

Tanzania's parliament votes to dismiss ministers after graft report

Tanzania's parliament voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general, the energy minister and several other members of cabinet, after a report on corruption in the energy sector. The report - requested by opposition lawmakers - said senior government officials fraudulently authorised the transfer of at least $122 million of public funds to a private company. International donors said last month they will only pay outstanding pledges to what is one of Africa's biggest per capita aid recipients if the findings of the report were published and action taken. [field_txt_news_link]

Tanzania: PM Mizengo Pinda caught in corruption row

Tanzania's prime minister is under pressure to resign over alleged fraudulent payments worth $120m (£76m) to an energy firm and top officials.  Mizengo Pinda failed to properly oversee government finances, a parliamentary watchdog committee said. It also called for the resignation of two powerful government ministers. All three have denied any wrongdoing.  Last month, donors suspended about $490m in aid to Tanzania until the allegations were investigated. [field_txt_news_link]

U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre - Latest Publications

Latest publications from U4. [field_txt_news_link]

Malawi: Civil servant who stashed $275,000 in car sentenced

A civil servant in Malawi who stashed more than a quarter of a million dollars in the boot of his car has been sentenced to nine years in jail, court officials said Tuesday. Victor Sithole, a 28-year-old accounts assistant, was convicted of money laundering, illegal possession of foreign currency and possessing stolen government property. Police recovered around $275,000 of cash denominated in Malawian kwacha, US dollars and South African rand from his vehicle. Sithole is the second person to be convicted in Malawi's $30 million "Cashgate" scandal. [field_txt_news_link]

ICAI report on DFID 's approach to corruption

UK aid watchdog slams DFID’s anti-corruption activities. The UK’s Department of International Development has failed to combat the petty but widespread corruption experienced daily by the world’s poorest people, an aid watchdog has warned. [field_txt_news_link]

Africa: The lives of the filthy rich African presidents and their families

The phrase “let them eat cake” is widely attributed to Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the Queen consort of Louis XVI. She is supposed to have said this when she was told that the French populace had no bread to eat. This statement perhaps best exemplifies the insensitive nature of the lifestyles of African leaders. There are many ways of gauging the vanity of some African leaders. You could count the monuments, universities, football stadiums, hospitals, statutes, highways and schools that bears their names or are dedicated to them. [field_txt_news_link]

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