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Hundreds of Thousands of Ghanaian Rosewood Logs Were Illegally Smuggled to China While This Man Was Lands Minister, Now he Too is On His Way to China… as Ambassador

During the time that Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh was Ghana's Lands and Natural Resource Minister, an estimated 147,000 kilograms illegally logged rosewood was smuggled out of the country to China. And yet, not one person was ever arrested during Asomah-Cheremeh's tenure as minister. Now, he too is on his way ...

Uganda Government Refutes WSJ Report That President Yoweri Museveni Received Chinese COVID Vaccination Last Year

Ugandan Health Minister June Aceng responded to a recent Wall Street Journal report on Tuesday that alleged President Yoweri Museveni and his inner circle all received preferential access to Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccinations last year, when a shipment of 4,000 doses was brought into the country ...

Chinese National Bestowed With Honorary Chief Title in Ghana Says He Doesn’t Want it Anymore After Massive Uproar

A Chinese national, Sun Qiang, who was enstooled as a development chief, an honorary appointment with no authority, has now refused the title after widespread anger in the town of Kwahu Abetifi and across Ghana. A spokesperson for Sun ...

Popular Ghanaian YouTuber Goes to Village Where Chinese Man Was Named a Development Chief to Find Out What Happened

Ever since the Chinese businessman, Sun Qiang, was named development chief (Nkosuohene) of the small Ghanaian town of Kwahu-Abetifi two weeks ago, social media has been in an uproar. According to reports, Sun was awarded the title for giving $5,000 to the community. ...

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta Wants to Know What Happened to the Missing Jack Ma PPE Donations

Under mounting public pressure, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered an investigation into Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) and its handling of the March 2020 PPE donations from the Jack Ma Foundation, amid allegations that they were illicitly sold, lost or wasted. The ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Tesla-fication of Vaccines

175 former heads of state, Nobel Prize winners and other illustrious eminences added their support to the call for the U.S. government to mandate a relaxing of intellectual property laws to allow countries in the Global South to mass-produce vaccines without fear of being sued. One of the more revealing details in this discussion is that the mechanism for countries to use a health emergency to momentarily suspend intellectual property rights already exists ...

The COVID-19 PPE Donated by the Jack Ma Foundation Has Turned Into a Complete and Total Mess in Kenya

It's been six months since the first shipment of personal protective equipment and other materials donated by the Jack Ma Foundation arrived in Kenya and still, only 24 of the 81 infrared thermometers have been distributed, according to the Ministry of Health. ...

UPDATE: Officials Confirm Chinese Mine At the Center of a Water Pollution Controversy Wasn’t Licensed to Mine in the First Place

Quick update on a story that we've been following for the past couple of weeks, focusing on allegations of pollution from a Chinese mining project in Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory, on the outskirts of the capital Abuja: Already under investigation for ...

Claims of a Cover-Up and Intimidation Cloud Investigation of Labor Abuse by Chinese Steel Company in Nigeria

Anonymous accusations of widespread labor abuses at a Chinese-owned steel company in the Nigerian state of Abia have sparked a heated controversy, as the company and its allies rebut the charges. Last week, an unknown individual using the Twitter handle @Truthfully83 

Kenya’s Health Chief Denies Accusation Jack Ma’s Donated PPE Was Illegally Smuggled to Tanzania

Kenya's Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe came under fire on Monday from members of a parliamentary health committee, who demanded that he respond to allegations that the bulk of PPE donations given by the Jack Ma Foundation in March were illegally smuggled to neighboring ...

Kenyan Government’s Hiring of the State-Owned Chinese Company Used to Build the SGR Ruled Illegal by Court of Appeals

Kenya's Court of Appeals dealt a devastating blow to the government and its national rail company when it ruled on Friday that the $4.7 billion (Ksh 500 million) contract with the state-owned China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) was illegal and violated the constitution. ...
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