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Statistics on viewer development today by 23.59

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On prostitution and making a documentary!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

Commentary by “Longstory/Cutshort

A reaction to Esther’s comments. Read the commenta and the story at the end of the comment below:

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 To Mama Esther read this !
Am I not talking the truth !!

In just a few minutes driving along a road on the outskirts of Milan in northern Italy, we counted 20 women, almost all African, standing by the kerb.

It was a cold night, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from the outfits they were wearing. 

I used to have sex with many different men. As many as wanted to have sex with me.

Tomissi ! (Kind of pretty african lady with big butt) !!

Would you sell your body to help your family?
We got out of the car, and approached one Nigerian woman who called herself Gioia – Italian for “Joy”.

She was pretty beneath her heavy make-up. We asked her if we could talk to her.

“Maybe later,” she said. It was Saturday night, and we weren’t the only people cruising the roads.

Jobs promise !!!!!!!

It is estimated there are between 10,000 – 20,000 Nigerian prostitutes working in Italy today, not to mention the undercover eastafricans in London and Scandinavia !

Almost all come from Edo state in southern Nigeria.
 
Many Nigerian prostitutes do not see the money they earn.
As yet, no research has been done into why so many come from this one state, but the route may have originally been established by Nigerian women who came over to southern Italy to harvest tomatoes during the 1980s.

Valentina’s story is typical. An old friend offered to bring her to Italy.

“He said finding work here was no problem, there were lots of different jobs I could do like working in a supermarket. I’d even be able to continue my studies,” she said.

“I’d just finished secondary school, but it’s very difficult to go to university in Nigeria. It’s very expensive.”

Promises of good jobs and education lure women like Valentina away from Nigeria.

The women in turn agree to repay hugely inflated costs for arranging documents and transport. But it’s often not until they arrive in Italy that they are told that they will have to prostitute themselves in order to pay off the debt.

Criminal gangs  and cunning old prostitutes !!

Valentina is not her real name. If her identity was revealed she would be in danger from the highly organised criminal gangs who traffic Nigerian women.

There is increasing evidence that the Nigerian criminals are becoming connected with Italian and other European Mafia.

Deadly migrant trade !!
 
In addition to the transport costs, the women are normally forced into paying hundreds of Euros a month in “rent” for the spots on the road that they solicit from.

Tomissi (again not her real name) is a shy, clever Nigerian who said she was 20 but looked at least two years younger.

After being brought to Italy last year, she had to sell her body on a lonely stretch of motorway outside Turin, and hour and a half west of Milan.

She ran away a couple of weeks ago.

“I used  to have sex with many different men. As many as they wanted to have sex with me. Maybe five, maybe ten different people a day,” she said in a quiet voice.
Can you imagine this !!

“Some would pay me 20 euros, some would only pay 10. If I was really lucky I’d get 30 euros, that’s about $35.”
That makes 350 euros per day !  calculate that in Kenyan shillings !!

‘Hell’

For those who manage to repay their debts, the money they send home can make all the difference.  !!!

And that is what Iam talking about !!

I guess you understand !!!!!!!!!

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Kenya: Clarification on who is, and who is not Githongo’s target!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

<Attorney General Wako!

Dr Stephen Karanja, in his blog-spot writes that, “In a press statement released by the Attorney General Mr. Amos Wako, it is made clear that only Githongo’s allegations on cover-up and interference with investigation were dismissed. The substantive investigations on the scandal are still on and nobody has been vindicated yet.”

The Kenya media reported that the AG had closed the file and all those who were being accused by Githongo were now cleared. The fact that the whole saga is not clear to the readers, Dr Karanja writes, “our understanding was and rightly so that only the interference with investigation allegations was subject matter of the order. We feel that the media misled the public as to the nature of the order. In future, it would be prudent for the media to use journalists with a legal training to report sensitive legal matters in order to avoid confusion and misunderstanding. In this case, they should have reproduced the Kenya Gazette notice for the readers to see what was said rather than merely interpreting it for them.”

Adding that, “according to Wako therefore only Kiraitu Murungi and David Mwiraria were subject and cleared of the allegations of interference. Moody Awori was not under investigation on these allegations. But Mwiraria and Awori are still under investigations on the substantive charges of corruption in the scandal. Kiraitu is not under investigations on the substantive corruption charges.”

Now that Githongo has come out with new tapes, featuring Mwiraria and Kiraitu, it remains to be seen how the government will deal with the new situation. President Kibaki may also be a victim of Githongoism and hidden tapes yet to be played out in the open.

Wako has survived in Kibaki’s government. When Kibaki took over power, and started removing those who served under former President Moi, many observers thought Wako was going to loose his job.

Kibaki is a strategist. If he had removed Wako and put his own man, it would have been easy to blame him now on the decision taken by the AG’s office on closing the files, and clearing those accused by Githongo.

But because Wako served under Moi, Kibaki can simply say, Wako is doing his job, and he is right to say so, because he did not appoint him in the first place. He simply renewed his appointment from the previous government.

Daniel arap Moi (l) talking to Mwai Kibaki (r)

<During the handing over of power in 2002 December. Moi (left photo) and Kibaki (right photo9 in smiles. Body language tells it all. It is like saying, if you discover corruption in my past leadership, take care of me. If you do not, then I will also talk because as my vice president, we did things, do you remember?)! The two men know each other so well and Wako knows how to go about things to guard.

Therefore, Wako is in a better position to protect the previous, and the present leadership from attack on corruption, because he was there then, and he is here now.

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By Korir,

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Uganda: Andrew Kayiira’s 1987 murder still causing a rift!

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Ugandan police are keen to understand the murder of Andrew Kayiira in 1987. Now they have summoned the Democratic Party because the party released their own version of the report on the murder.

According to the New Vision, “the report which DP released in Masaka on January 13 was different from the authentic report handed over by the British government, a copy of which was published by this newspaper. Acting DP Secretary General, Dr. Bayiga Lulume, is expected to report to the Criminal Investigations Department today at 9:00am with their report.”

The police are not happy about the release of the document by the Party. The release has caused uproar within the government ranks and on, “Monday, three other DP officials, the President General Ssebaana Kizito, as well as MPs Issa Kikungwe and Erias Lukwago, were interrogated over the same issue but they refused to hand over the report. They told the Police that their National Executive Council had to decide on the matter, which could take two to four weeks.”

The vision reports that, “at a press conference at City Hall yesterday, the DP remained defiant. “I am under no obligation to report to the Police. I only answer to the National Executive Council and that is my master,” Bayiga said.”

But the police do not take such behaviour lightly and has, “warned DP against defying their orders”, saying, “they should know that by defying Police summons, they will be breaking sections of the law.”

The Police spokesman Edward Ochom has reacted angrily saying, “these people called the authentic report released by the Government fake. They said they had the true report and accused the Police of stopping them from releasing it. Let them bring theirs.”

Also affected are, six journalists of the Daily Monitor. They were picked and questioned, “yesterday for over two hours over a number of stories related to the Kayiira murder. The journalists were Jude Luggya, Robert Mwanje, Michael Ssali, Rodney Muhumuza, Paul Harera and Hussein Bogere.”

Their arrest have come about because, “they wrote stories on the Kayiira report and quoted sources who later denied the reports,” CID investigator Elly Womanya said.”

One of the interrogators, “Jude Luggya, who described the exercise as a friendly interaction, said each of them was questioned on the stories they had written. Mwanje said they were also queried on the authenticity of their stories and their sources of information. The journalists reportedly admitted that they received the other version of the Scotland Yard report from DP and expressed shock over the party’s refusal to release it to the Police.”

The problem with the release of the report is the fact that, “the DP version implicated the Government in the murder of Kayiira, whereas the authentic Scotland Yard report advanced the theory of a robbery gone wrong. The killers took sh20m. Answering a question in the British Parliament on the Kayiira murder on Monday, the British Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs confirmed they had sent the Uganda government a copy of the report.”

The vision has quoted Ian McCartney saying, “following recent allegations regarding Dr. Kayiira’s death, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office assisted the Government of Uganda to obtain another copy of the report from the Metropolitan Police.”

This is a serious allegation that may bring President Museveni’s government down, if indeed it is uncovered that the government was involved in Kayiira’s murder.

By Korir,

Published by African Press in Norway, APN, africanpress@chello.no, tel. +47 932 99 739, source.newvision.ug

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Africans must stop licking the white people’s booths!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

Corruption in Europe 

Who can criticise European leaders when they are corrupt? Can African leaders dare criticise European leaders of being corrupt?

Whenever there is corruption in Africa that gets uncovered, we hear of the leaders from developed countries standing up in unity to attack black leaders.

When corruption is uncovered in European countries, we hear no black leaders in unity stand up to attack the white leaders.

This tells a lot about the fear inflicted on that the black people by the white society.

The black man, and woman will always want to be respected, but is not in tune with reality that requires him or her to demand it.

The black people dwell in a continued tradition that allows the white people to force themselves into the Black’s territory, and the black people are sitting there waiting to give them unconditional respect, even when the white is not entitled to respect during that particular moment.

Flying African to Africa 

Fly to Africa using African airlines, in company of white passengers, and see the way you will get treated if you are a black person.

Those in the cabin are black, but in most cases, they will give special services to a white passenger than the black one, even if the black is travelling first class, while the white one is in the second class , having even paid less for the ticket.

It is not the class you are travelling in, or how much you have paid, but the colour of the skin that determines, and it is really disgusting that such behaviour still has to be allowed to continue this century.

Why is the white equalled to God when in Africa? 

In fact we have seen in many occasions, when senior black government ministers, or ambassadors visit a country like Norway, how they are treated disrespectfully.

But when the white ministers and ambassadors are in Africa, they are treated like God, for the simple reason – the skin colour!

Some of the white ambassadors in Africa are quoted often in the media abusing African presidents, acting like they are in Africa to save the African people, and yet they benefit a lot from the black people’s generosity.

And nothing is done about it. APN dreams of a day that an African ambassador in Europe will criticise a white leader for wrong doing.

One thing that is always forgotten is how the white ambassadors live when they are in their own countries.

In most cases, they do not have maids, cooks and gardeners like they afford while in Africa. This is due to costs. To get a cook or gardener in Europe, it would cost them dearly.

Anyone who knows how Europe functions, will agree with APN when it now says that European ambassadors enjoy when in Africa, but when they return to their countries, they sometimes become less entities reduced to travelling by bus and bicycles, while they spend weekends, not bowling like they do when in Africa, but to do laundry and cook their own food. 

This is why the Africans must change their attitude towards the white people. The posh lifestyle remains in Africa.

Who is to blame?

The African is to blame. The African is the causer of such discrimination. If the African could treat his, or her fellow African with respect without having to look at his or her status, Africa and its people will go ahead to become prosperous and successful.

And yet, you will find that the white people, when they arrive in an African airport, are given special treatment, and sometimes do not require to stand in a Que like the black person, who will even be told to give way on the line for the white person to be served first.

APN is not being racist here, but pointing out the facts and would like to see the black people treated with respect and not down-graded every-time everywhere during every occasion.

How long will the African allow this to continue?

It is up to the Africans to take the step. And yet it seems they are satisfied with the status quo! APN is not calling for a protest or revolution. APN is saying it is time the African should wake up and not ask for his or her rights but “take it” and move on!

This world will only be peaceful when all people treat one another with respect deserved. The continued harassment of the black people, and lips service from the white population must stop, but we all know that it will not come to an end as long as the blacks themselves are the cause of their own downfall.

Africa and the African – Wake up and do the right thing. Stop licking the white people’s booths, and demand equality as a human being! If you are not listened to, take it in confidence! The 21 century is your century.

By Korir,

Published by African Press in Norway, APN, africanpress@chello.no, tel +47 932 99 739.

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Nelson is UK white members of parliament political hero. A hurra for Africa!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela!

But can the same heroism be extended to other black leaders by the white member’s House of Commons?

Voting anti-apartheid campaigner former president Nelson Mandela as their biggest hero amounts to respect for the man who stayed in jail for almost 3 decades.

BBC reports that, “of the 150 MPs who took part in the survey for the Independent, 18% backed the former South African president.”

This amounts to pride for Africa coming from the same people who colonised many countries in the continent.

There were others who were fighting to share the votes with Mandela. “Conservative Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill were in joint second place. Among Labour MPs, NHS architect Aneurin Bevan came out on top, followed by Tony Blair, who got the most backing of any serving politician.”

Former president, “Mr Mandela, one of the world’s most revered statesmen, led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy.”

After serving in jail, he was released and emerged stronger taking over as the first black South African President.

He is a respected figure. “Among his awards he counts the Nobel Peace Prize and Amnesty International’s most prestigious human rights award.”

Some of the UK leaders cannot march Mandela in leadership skills. “Tory leader David Cameron received the vote of just one Conservative MP, while another Tory named Mr Blair as their favourite. Baroness Thatcher was the top choice among the Conservatives as a whole. Cuba’s communist leader Fidel Castro – who is understood to be gravely ill – got the backing of another, Labour, MP.”

According to BBC, “Andrew Hawkins, chief executive of CommunicateResearch, who carried out the research in June 2006, said: “When it comes to hero worshipping, MPs revert to their parties’ icons”, and Hawkins says, “What’s striking is the low scores for serving politicians – with the notable exception of Tony Blair.”

By Korir,

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Kenya: Former president Daniel Moi to get his money from a city lawyer!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

A lawyer in Nairobi has lost his case in the court and is now to pay former president more than 100 million Kenya shillings.

The Standard reports that, “in a consent entered on Tuesday at the Milimani Commercial Courts, Mr Kenneth Kiplagat will return the money he has been holding for years. Moi gave the money to the lawyer to buy him shares at the New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (New KCC), but the lawyer formed a company called Cherry-hill Limited, which he used to invest the money at New KCC.”

When the lawyer registered the shares he made sure Moi’s name was omitted. He made himself the director.

 It is reported that, “when the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) came into power, it reverted New KCC to State ownership and refunded those who had bought shares in the company. The lawyer did not, however, remit the money to Moi.”

When Moi did not get any money he took the matter, “to court to compel Kiplagat to give back the money. In the consent entered, High Court Judge, Justice Hatari Waweru ordered the lawyer to pay an extra Sh4.5 million to Moi. However, Justice Waweru asked the lawyers to amend the consent so that it includes the names of those involved.”

The list, “will include Moi and the lawyers acting for him, Katwa and Kemboy, Mr Kiplagat and the two law firms holding the money, Mungai Miriu and Company and Kipkenda Lilian Advocates. The amended consent will be taken before the same judge when it is ready.”

The lawyer decided to be arrogant when he refused to pay Moi the money. He knew that Moi could not order him arrested now that he was no longer the head of the country. He may have thought that Kibaki government would interfere and have the courts to rule against the former president.

Now he has to pay more than he wanted to steal from Moi. The lawyer, Kiplagat is from the same Kalenjin tribe as the former president.

By Korir,

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The Somali government geared for reconciliation talks!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

It is good news now that the Somali government is planning to start talks that could see the country embark on the much needed reconstruction of the country.

The Kenya government has confirmed that one of the Islamist Courts leaders, Sheikh Sharrif Ahmed, arrested in Northern Kenya recently after he surrendered is being held in undisclosed location.

The confirmation came about as the Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Ghedi was in Nairobi asking Kenya to hand over all those arrested by the Kenyan authorities when they crossed the border. The Prime Minister has been quoted saying all the Islamists, if handed over by Kenya will not be persecuted.

He says the government wants peace and for that reason, his government will start talks with the Islamist leaders and their supporters soon.

This is in line with the pressure by the Americans who have been telling the Somali government to talk to the Islamists.

Ghedi pointed out that his interim government now has full control over the whole country. The government has appointed a Mayor and a deputy for Mogadishu and plans plans to post District Commissioners to different parts of the country.

When this is done, Somalia might return to peace that it has longed for in many years after former president Siad Barre was removed from power.

The country will also have a new Speaker of the national assembly within a week. The former speaker was sacked due to his failure to support the government’s initiatives.

Ghedi has called on the international community to help his country restore peace.

By Korir,

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Polish celebrated journalist is dead!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

Ryszard KapuscinskiBBC has reported that, “Poland’s most celebrated journalist and non-fiction writes, Ryszard Kapuscinski, has died in Warsaw, aged 74, after a serious illness.”

He worked in African in the 1960s, where he served as foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency’s. He was the only representative for the Agency in Africa at the time, making history and name.

It is reported that, “he wrote widely on wars and dictators, chronicling the last days’ of Ethiopia’s Haile Selassie and the Shah of Iran. He also wrote books on the fall of the Soviet Union and Central America.”

He was, “born in Pinsk, now in Belarus, in 1932, he studied history and joined the Polish Press Agency in the late 1950s. Sent abroad in 1959, he was given the job of covering Africa single-handed for the Polish press, travelling widely across the continent and reporting on a number of wars. He also reported from countries in Asia and South America, witnessing 27 coups or revolutions in all.”

Moving on in his carreer, “from 1974, he wrote for the weekly Kultura, a period during which he began to gain an international reputation for his books The Emperor, on the fall of Haile Selassie, and Shah of Shahs. He also wrote The Soccer War, an account of the border war between Honduras and El Salvador. His final book, Travels with Herodotus, came out two years ago. He also published several volumes of poetry.”

He became a celebrated journalist of his time! 

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By Korir,

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Conference of the states parties to UN convention against corruption held in Amman!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

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A speech by Erik Solheim, the Norwegian minister for international development. He made the speech in December.

Corruption is one evil that must be removed from our society in order for the society to progress.

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Minister for International DevelomentErik Solheim som nyutnevnt utviklingsminister Mr Erik Solheim(Photo on the right)>

“Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Corruption is a major global problem. But we are doing something about it.

Tremendous work has been put into the negotiations and adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Now, expectations are high that this first global tool against corruption will really make a difference.

Let us use this Conference of the States Parties as a unique opportunity to show our common will to move forward. We need positive and constructive decisions in all the main areas where the Conference of States Parties has a mandate to act. Be it on asset recovery, review of implementation or technical assistance. The momentum is now. If we do not “deliver”, the political, economic and human costs will be high. We will loose credibility, and the poorest people will pay the highest price. 

Today’s agenda item is technical assistance. Let me start by underlining the link between an effective mechanism to assist in the implementation of the UNCAC, asset recovery and technical assistance. These three dimensions are mutually interdependent.

Various proposals are being discussed as to how we could establish a mechanism to assist in the implementation of the Convention. Norway’s position is that we need an efficient mechanism which has legitimacy, and that is objective and impartial. The mechanism should support States Parties in the implementation of the Convention and facilitate for transparent and open processes that recognize the crucial role of the civil society.

An implementation mechanism can be established and organised in different ways. Self-assessment, other types of information gathering, peer reviews as well as independent expertise, could all be elements in the way forward.

Mr President,

Asset recovery and measures to prevent money laundering is a top priority for many States Parties. A prerequisite for concrete results to be achieved in this field is the ratification of the UNCAC by countries that have not yet done so. In addition, effective implementation as well as appropriate technical assistance is needed.

The implementation of the Convention’s obligations regarding asset recovery and money laundering is a complex and demanding task. But it can be done. The developed countries have a major responsibility in this regard. There is also an urgent need to build up expertise and capacity globally. We should learn, in a systematic manner, from previous experiences, share between us lessons learned and make effective use of available resources.

Most important, politicians should commit themselves. Only strong, political will can hinder corrupt officials, politicians as well as businessmen and others, to be able to hide their illicit assets in safe havens. The Norwegian Government is strongly committed to this end, and urge upon other States Parties to put the issue of asset recovery, money laundering and safe havens high up on the political agenda – nationally, as well as in different regional, international and global fora. Together, we can make a difference.  

Mr. President,  

It would be a paradox if the fight against corruption should fail due to lack of financing.

The UN Convention against Corruption contains a number of provisions dealing with the need for technical assistance to make the Convention work. We all agree upon these commitments. Now we need to find the best way of providing such assistance.

The implementation of the UNCAC and the fight against corruption naturally belongs to the core activities in the field of development. We should mainstream anti-corruption efforts into ongoing development assistance, including into the regular UN budget. Additional funding will also be needed, and voluntary and earmarked contributions will be important.

In order to make the best use of resources, there is a clear need to have a better overall picture of assistance already provided, as well as current needs directly linked to the implementation of UNCAC. Technical assistance to strengthen a society’s ability to fight corruption must be aligned with other development efforts, such as promotion of good governance, a free press and an active civil society.

Bilateral donors, the UN, the multilateral development banks and developing countries, must strive for better alignment, co-operation and coordination in the field of anti-corruption and good governance. All of us present here today have a clear responsibility to avoid overlap and waste of resources.

Norway invites you to consider the idea of organising an international workshop for practitioners in the field of technical assistance. The aim of the workshop would be to take the discussions on technical assistance further, at a concrete level. It would also provide valuable input to an open-ended working group on technical assistance. The workshop should focus on the effective implementation of the Convention, in line with the principles laid down in the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. The workshop should take place within the nearest 6 months – and be organised in cooperation with a developing country interested in hosting the meeting.  Norway would be willing to take part in organising such an event, together with other interested countries as well as with the UN and others.   

Mr President,

We need public international organisations at the fore front in our fight against corruption. If officials in international organisations can hide behind diplomatic immunity when caught red handed, it seriously damages our work. It also makes a mockery of the Vienna Convention.

The question of bribery of officials of public international organisations is therefore a significant one.

This is why the Norwegian and the French delegations jointly will circulate, for your consideration, a recommendation on bribery of officials of public international organisations. Together, we propose to establish an open ended intergovernmental working group to which all public international organisations could take part. The working group would consider the question of bribery of officials of public international organisations, and the necessity to determine the competent jurisdiction. In order to facilitate this work, the secretariat is invited to gather, from such public international organisations, relevant documentation concerning the manner in which they ensure prevention of corruption, and manage corruption cases which may involve their agents.

We must keep in mind that an unjustifiable application of rules governing privileges and immunities might seriously undermine the legitimacy and credibility of the Convention. Immunities may also limit the efficiency of possible inquiries and prosecutions against an official of a public international organisation for active or passive bribery. This is why international public organisations should facilitate the waiving of such immunities in situations that justify it.

Mr President;

Let us take this opportunity and live up to the expectations that the UNCAC will make a difference in the fight against corruption.

Thank you.”

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Lifted; By Korir,

Published by African Press in Norway, APN, africanpress@chello.no, tel.+47 932 99 739

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Department of Governance and Macro-economics in Norad provides advice on ant-corruption activities!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

“Norad provides technical advice on effective follow-up of the Plan of Action and other guidelines for anti-corruption activities in Norwegian development cooperation. Norad also makes an active contribution to technical discussions, nationally and internationally.
 
Norad’s Department of Governance and Macro-economics is responsible for providing advice on anti-corruption activities. 
 
How does Norad work?
Some reforms and individual projects supported by Norad are explicitly aimed at combating corruption. However, in the case of most projects and programmes, combating corruption is one of several goals, and these programmes contribute indirectly to reducing the possibilities for corrupt behaviour. For instance, anti-corruption elements are incorporated into programmes with other aims, such as assistance for development of the health and education sectors (“mainstreaming”).
 
Bureaucratic or small-scale corruption can mainly be dealt with through:
 
Decentralisation of the public administration Strengthening control institutions, such as courts of law, anti-corruption institutions, supreme audit offices, public procurement procedures, etc. Support for civil society, e.g. for non-governmental organisations that are specially established to combat corruption, non-governmental organisations that promote civil rights, the media, trade unions and employers’ organisations – sometimes in partnership or agreement with public authorities.  

Political corruption is a challenge for the international donor community because it concerns relations between sovereign states. If international donors are to be able to play a constructive role in relation to political corruption, a political willingness to change must exist in the partner country. For example, dialogue can be established in connection with international conventions and their implementation. Assistance for the implementation of international conventions may be appropriate.
 
Technical cooperation
Norad cooperates on anti-corruption efforts with Norwegian research institutions, Norwegian non-governmental organisations and Norwegian trade unions and employers’ organisations, often as part of other cooperation on governance, human rights, etc.”

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Lifted; By Korir,

Published by African Press in Norway, APN, africanpress@chello.no, tel.+47 932 99 739

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A visit to Lebanon by two Norwegian ministers!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

“Minister of International Development Erik Solheim and Minister of Defence Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen will visit Lebanon this week to take a closer look at Norway’s military and civilian assistance to the country.

The joint visit is intended to highlight the need for an integrated approach to military and civilian assistance.

“Peace operations and assistance for reconstruction are both equally important in order to create lasting peace in a country following a war,” said Mrs Strøm-Erichsen.

The ministers will travel via Cyprus, where they will be visiting the Norwegian naval vessels and UNIFIL’s naval base in Limassol today.

In Beirut the ministers will have talks with representatives of the Lebanese authorities. The political situation in Lebanon has been difficult since the war with Israel last summer and has deteriorated following the resignation of six cabinet ministers last November.

“We are concerned by the tense situation, and call on all parties to seek a peaceful solution to the political problems the country is facing. Lebanon’s stability and security are important for the whole region,” said Mr Solheim.

The ministers’ programme includes meetings with Minister of Defence Elias Murr, Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri, Director General Berj Hatjian of the Ministry of Environment

During their talks they will discuss issues connected with the reconstruction of Lebanon, including how Norway can assist the country in addressing its environmental challenges. Last year, Norway provided financial support for oil spill response channelled through the Emergency Response Department of the Norwegian Coastal Administration, and for UNEP’s post-conflict environmental assessment. Norway is in the process of entering into cooperation with Lebanon under the Oil for Development programme. Environmental concerns will be of great importance in this connection.

The Norwegian Minister of International Development will also meet Mr Mohammad Raad, chairman of Hezbollah’s parliamentary group. Hezbollah will take Mr Solheim for a tour of the southern districts of Beirut, where he will also meet Palestinian refugees in the Shatila refugee camp. There are an estimated 400 000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, and Norway will continue to support humanitarian relief organisations’ work among the refugees in 2007.

The ministers will also travel to Southern Lebanon to visit the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, where they among others will meet Norwegian officers. Norway is providing assistance for the clearance of land mines and unexploded cluster munitions, and the ministers will also visit Norwegian People’s Aid’s cluster munitions clearance operations in Tyre.

Mr Solheim will travel from Lebanon to the donor conference for Lebanon, which will be held in Paris on 25 January. Mrs Strøm-Erichsen will travel to Israel for talks with Israeli Minister of Defence Amir Peretz and others.”
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Serbian elections and challenges ahead!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

“Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre underscored that the participation of almost two thirds of registered voters in yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Serbia was a solid vote of confidence in the country’s democratic forces.

– In spite of the many challenges Serbia is facing, the preliminary election results seem to indicate there is a good basis for continuing the process towards closer European cooperation that has been going on for the last few years,” said the Foreign Minister.

– Norway will continue to provide extensive assistance to the democratic reform processes and institution building in Serbia. It is encouraging that the democratic bloc seems to have won a solid majority in the Parliament, he said.

– Serbia is facing many demanding challenges in the time ahead, not least with regard to the future of Kosovo. It is therefore important that an effective government is put in place quickly, Foreign Minister Støre added.”

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Norway: Oslo municipality is breaking the tender regulations!

Posted by African Press International on January 24, 2007

Oslo municipality gives a contract for over 100 million kroner yearly to Oslo Taxi without advertising it following tender regulations.

This has been taking place for if after Oslo got three taxi companies 9 years ago. The other two companies should be allowed to compete and the best and cheaper company should be awarded the contract.

Those who benefit from the contract are the  elderly and disabled persons allowed to use taxis on special occasions. They may use the taxis and get refunded the costs they incur. Most of them are given a free card that they show the taxi drivers whenever they travel.

It was in 1999 that the municipality entered into the agreement for the first time with Oslo taxi.

Last year the municipality incurred 130 million kroner for the services rendered by the taxi company.

The regulations for tender states clearly that any contracts that the municipality signs that is above 500 000 kroner must be advertised publicly allowing applicants who wish to get the contract to compete. It is a very lucrative business.

Oslo taxi was alone in the field until 1998 when the company was joined by the other two bringing taxi competition on prices to Oslo.

According the Trygve Flølo in NorgesTaxi company whose company has no such a contract, the municipality would be able to save money if they looked for contractors through tender. 

The municipality now says they will start using the tender method.

The head in charge of welfare and social services in the municipality Sylvi Listhaug (FRP) from the progress party says they will now work on the case in order to open for competition.

APN looks at the case as one that could be practised  in the manner of equality.

Oslo taxi being the largest should be given 45% of the tender, NorgesTaxi which is number two in the number of taxies should get 35%, while the smaller company gets 20%.

This way, all the taxies will enjoy the lucrative contract. Many foreigners are employed in the two smaller companies and that would allow them to make money as well.

By Korir,

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