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World Bank working paper reveals astonishing amount of aid money to the African continent going directly into tax havens!

The World Bank working paper named ‘Elite Capture of Foreign Aid – Evidence from Offshore Bank Accounts’, which was finally released yesterday is a devastating read. Not because of the facts in it, but because of the extent of the misuse and theft of aid money. The World Bank are now proving by small samples how much of their loans, grants and funds, which is given by donors to the WB, which happens to be moved to tax havens by the regimes that needs it. That is eating of the plate of the poorest and living lavish on others people’s dime.

Just in the Annex, the truth really comes forward, where it is only a small samples, but showing the distasteful enterprise still. Like from table one. You can see that a certain amount of African countries have taken out huge funds into havens deposits and non-haven deposits.

The report explains this about the table one: “The table shows the 22 countries in our main sample and presents summary statistics for the main variables in our analysis. The sample includes all countries for which annual disbursements from the World Bank are equivalent to at least 2 percent of annual GDP on average. Sample mean is the average of the 22 countries in the sample. Annual WB aid (% of GDP) is annual disbursements from the World Bank as a fraction of annual GDP. Annual ODA aid (% of GDP) is annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) from all sources as a fraction of annual GDP. Haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the 17 countries classified as havens. Non-haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the countries not classified as havens” (World Bank Feb 2020).

Nation Haven (million USD) Non-Haven (million USD)
Burkina Faso 32 88
Burundi 103 19
Eritrea 8 11
Ethiopia 64 155
Ghana 76 446
Guinea-Bissau 8 16
Madagascar 193 232
Malawi 31 82
Mali 27 133
Mauritania 32 150
Mozambique 40 161
Niger 29 79
Rwanda 149 41
Sao Tome and Principe 4 8
Sierra Leone 32 82
Tanzania 145 437
Uganda 73 188
Zambia 117 306

When you add into the A6 Table of the modestly aid-dependent countries. You see yet more African countries, where the money a flowing out of the coffers. Where surely not all aid is going where its supposed too.

The report explains table A6 like this: “The table shows the 24 countries for which annual disbursements from the World Bank are between 1% and 2% of annual GDP on average. is the average of the 24 countries in the sample. Annual WB aid (% of GDP) is annual disbursements from the World Bank as a fraction of annual GDP. Sample mean is the average of the 22 countries in the sample. WB aid disbursements is annual disbursements from the World Bank as a fraction of annual GDP. Annual ODA aid (% of GDP) is annual Official Development Assistance (ODA) from all sources as a fraction of annual GDP. Haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the 17 countries classified as havens. Non-haven deposits is foreign deposits held in the countries not classified as havens” (World Bank Feb 2020).

Nation Haven (million USD) Non-Haven (million USD)
Benin 42 96
Cape Verde 14 20
Central African Republic 18 53
Chad 11 91
Comoros 7 27
Democratic Republic of Congo 910 93
Cote d’Ivoire 387 787
Gambia 24 82
Guinea 54 114
Kenya 1277 1784
Lesotho 11 28
Senegal 253 487
Togo 82 146

Without going into deep technicalities of these operations, neither how the World Bank came through these numbers. We can see there is a staggering amount of funds that disappear and goes missing. Which was supposed to go to development or directly to support the state functions. Which happens to end up in tax-havens, surely by someone closely associated with the state or heads of state. Since, these sorts of amounts couldn’t have left the nations without the approval of the executive or head of state.

We can also clearly see, that some aid is directly feeding the rich and keeping tax-havens alive. Giving them financial stimulus and also covering the expenses of the elites in the respective places. There is certainly a mismanagement and a need for more oversight from the World Bank. But also more mechanisms to stop the misuse of aid. If it is supposed to help and not just create a very vastly elite in the nation in question. Because, with this sort of operations, they have clearly achieved that. Peace.

L’Union afraicaine deplois des observateurs electoraux dans le cadre du premier tour des legislatives en Union des Comores (16.01.2020)

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Comores: Ministere de l’Intereur de la Decentralisation et de l’Administrations Territoriale Charge des Relations avec les Institutions – Communique No. 3 (07.12.2019)

Union des Comores: Declaration de la Commission Nationale des Droits de l’Homme et des Libertes (CNDHL) – (04.12.2019)

Comores: La coordination des femmes de Mwali – Communique (02.12.2019)

SADC Solidarity in the call for the lifting of Sanctions Imposed in the Republic of Zimbabwe (24.10.2019)

Union des Comores – Ministere des Affaires Extrangires et de la Cooperation Internationale, Charge de la Diaspora – Communique de Presse (03.10.2019)

Secretary-General statement on the announcement of the results of the presidential and gubernatorial elections in Comoros (03.04.2019)

The Secretary-General urges the Comorian authorities and other national stakeholders to refrain from any action likely to heighten the current tensions.

NEW YORK, United States of America, April 3, 2019 – The Secretary-General takes note of the announcement made today by the Supreme Court of the results of the 24 March 2019 presidential and gubernatorial elections in Comoros. He expresses his deep concern over the reports of violence and fatalities as well as arrests of political opponents and restrictions on media. He underscores the imperative of upholding the rule of law and the respect of fundamental rights.

The Secretary-General urges the Comorian authorities and other national stakeholders to refrain from any action likely to heighten the current tensions.

The Secretary-General echoes the call made by the African Union on 29 March, supported by the European Union and by the Indian Ocean Commission, for an inclusive dialogue, under the leadership of the AU. He reiterates the UN’s readiness to support such efforts to promote national cohesion, peace, stability and development in the Union of the Comoros.

Comoros: The heist of Assoumani!

How come the total Percentage if you combine this official announced documents, become 100,01%. That CENI have to address, right?

The incumbent President Azali Assoumani was re-elected in a sham election on the 24th March 2019. It was anticipated after last year constitutional referendum, allowing someone to re-run from the same island. Even if there in all previous elections has been a rotation between the three major islands of the Union of Comoros. These being the Anjouan, Grande Comore and Mohéli. This was revised and changed, so that Assoumani could do what he did over the weekend.

He wanted to make sure that he could hold-on to power. Just like he ensured the revision of Article 13 in Constitution of the Union. That is the sort of leader Assoumani is. A selfish former army-man, a former coup leader, who has no issues using the military and arresting opposition leaders. Arresting journalists to hold grip into power.

I called him the new Big-Man. Truly he is by the stature of things. Even as he starts his second illegitimate term, which a rigged elections going in his favour and no need for a second round. That is how special Assoumani is.

Today, there been three killed in demonstrations against the results of this election. As the army has shot in the air and certainly some of the bullets have hit the civilians demonstrating in Moroni, the Union’s Capital.

If this had been an ordinary Comoros Presidential Elections, there would be someone else’s turn, but Assoumani is such a scumbag, that he revised the laws to fit himself. He sets himself over the Constitution and the average Comoran citizen. That is just the sort of man he is. Also, he needs them guns, the authority and the state apparatus to be behind him. Because, he has no authority or legitimacy without it.

The Police has dispersed protesters on the 25th, 26th and today on the 28th March. This all because of the polls on the 24th March and the announced results on the 26th March, saying that Assoumani won his second term, as previously expected. Because, why else would he in the year advance change the Constitution to fit his narrative, right?

The Opposition have retaliated by operating as a parallel government, launching a National Transitional Council, this is started by 12 of the Opposition Candidates in the Election. They are saying the election was filled with irregularities and want it annulled by the 3rd April, if not they will start with Civil Disobedience and a General Strike on the 4th April. So, there is a rocky road ahead of the newly elected and incumbent President. As, major part of the political spectrum is siding against him.

This is a self-serving, militaristic individual with no heart, but for his own belly. He will not bring greatness to the Union or any sort development. He will only selfishness and greed, that why he needs the highest office, so he can grab as much as possible. Nothing else matters. That is what his kind does. The Big-Man, the dictator and the ultimate betrayal of democracy. Peace.

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