ZAM Reporter
Exactly one week ago a hard-hitting investigation into the plunder of state resources by African oligarchs was launched at ZAM headquarters in Amsterdam. ZAM’s investigative editor Evelyn Groenink, who coordinated and edited the work, reported the findings to a crowd of about fifty people. Kenyan Africa Uncensored partner John-Allan Namu provided some of the highlights of the investigation via Skype. A representative from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the event and joined the... Exactly one week ago a hard-hitting investigation into the plunder of state resources by African oligarchs was launched at ZAM headquarters in Amsterdam....
Maxime Domegni, Eric Mwamba, Francis Mbala, Estacio Valoi, Lawrence Seretse, Evelyn Groenink, and Correspondent Rwanda and Burundi
How African oligarchs steal from their countries The Panama Papers revealed that numerous African politicians have stored wealth in off-shore accounts. But how did the money get there? A transnational team of reporters in seven African countries investigated looting by their rulers. Who we are The team that did the investigation Click here to download the full report by the African Investigative Publishing Collective in partnership with Africa Uncensored and ZAM. Montepuez, Mozambique The sandy... How African oligarchs steal from their countries The Panama Papers revealed that numerous African politicians have stored wealth in off-shore accounts....
Evelyn Groenink
Several months ago ZAM published a nuanced report on the operations of ruby multinational Gemfields in Mozambique. Whilst highlighting forced removals of villagers and murders of artisanal miners by local police, the article took care to do justice to Gemfields. Ethical mining in a country ruled by a criminalised and ruthless regime was surely a challenge. To our surprise, instead of engaging on the issues, Gemfields has consistently attacked us and our reporters ever since. At times I have felt... Several months ago ZAM published a nuanced report on the operations of ruby multinational Gemfields in Mozambique. Whilst highlighting forced removals of...
Evelyn Groenink
Journalist and peace activist Ahmad Salkida has been arrested in Nigeria. He had flown there from exile in Dubai to share information on Boko Haram with the authorities. The journalist, who was often under suspicion of ‘terrorist sympathies’ only because he had sources in Boko Haram, was recently declared ‘wanted’ again. He had then offered to come voluntarily to Nigeria to assist the authorities and had received the message that all the military wanted was to ‘talk.’He was arrested on Monday.... Journalist and peace activist Ahmad Salkida has been arrested in Nigeria. He had flown there from exile in Dubai to share information on Boko Haram with...
Evelyn Groenink
Journalist and peace activist Ahmad Salkida has been arrested in Nigeria. When Nigerian journalist and ZAM network member Ahmad Salkida writes of the "Tears of Maiduguri,” he is writing about his own tears. Salkida spent his childhood in this town, the main stronghold of Boko Haram. As a boy growing up in a Christian family, he climbed trees together with Muslim friends. When it was time for their Islamic ritual washing, he helped fetch their buckets; in turn, they waited for him next to the church... Journalist and peace activist Ahmad Salkida has been arrested in Nigeria. When Nigerian journalist and ZAM network member Ahmad Salkida writes of the...
Evelyn Groenink
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Bill Gates is not making malaria better, but worse. The fight against terror is creating more and more terrorists in East and West Africa. Witches are no fairy-tale creatures: they operate powerful mafia-type rackets in Cameroon and other countries. Ruthless elites in Mozambique treat villagers far worse than a multinational company ever could. Good civil servants risk their lives fighting corruption in Ghana and Nigeria. These are some of the conclusions of the six... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Bill Gates is not making malaria better, but worse. The fight against terror is creating more and more terrorists in...
Anneke Verbraeken, Chief Bisong Etahoben, Fidelis MacLeva and Alberique Houndjo
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Witches are real. They exercise political power in West African societies Witchcraft pervades some developing societies up to the highest levels with devastating effects. Demonic spells, marketed as miracle cures that give wealth and power, strengthen those who wield them most violently and disempower everyone else. Once part of a spiritual belief system at the service of communities, the practice is now owned by secret societies that operate like mafias. A report... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Witches are real. They exercise political power in West African societies Witchcraft pervades some developing societies...
Evelyn Groenink
The ruby company writes to ZAM about ‘gross distortions’ in our story about mining in Montepuez. ZAM responds ZAM Chronicle 22’s article on human rights violations associated with ruby mining in Montepuez , Mozambique, caught the attention of the London-based majority shareholder in Montepuez Ruby Mining. Gemfields PLC wrote to us complaining about ‘gross distortions’ in the story. We wrote back and corrected some details. But the correspondence is about more than issues of journalism. It... The ruby company writes to ZAM about ‘gross distortions’ in our story about mining in Montepuez. ZAM responds ZAM Chronicle 22’s article on human rights...
Evelyn Groenink
After the publication of our fifth AIPC-ZAM investigation, titled ‘The Ruby Plunder Wars of Montepuez,’ ZAM received correspondence from Mr Brian Cattell, a consultant for Gemfields, which –as majority partner in the Montepuez Ruby Mining company- features prominently in the story. In an email titled ‘Problematic article,’ Mr Brian Cattell explained that he found that the story contained “a number of major factual inaccuracies (and) gross distortions;” and that it omitted “critical facts that are... After the publication of our fifth AIPC-ZAM investigation, titled ‘The Ruby Plunder Wars of Montepuez,’ ZAM received correspondence from Mr Brian...
Evelyn Groenink
After his last undercover investigation, Ghana’s judicial authority sacked twenty-one judges and nineteen judicial service workers. A portrait of Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Say what you want about undercover filming, but it has proven to be an effective tool in investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas' daily practice. Anas, a leading member of ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective , continues with his exposure of rot in Ghana’s and other African societies’ governance. Having... After his last undercover investigation, Ghana’s judicial authority sacked twenty-one judges and nineteen judicial service workers. A portrait of Anas...
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Theophilus Abbah and Benon Herbert Oluka
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Conscientious African officials and their fight against corruption State structures in African countries are often inhabited by officials who rather line their pockets and please those above them than render a service to the public. But some public servants swim upstream, trying their best to do a good job even where those in power don’t want them to. In turn they risk getting fired, smeared and even shot at. An investigation by the African Investigative Publishing... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Conscientious African officials and their fight against corruption State structures in African countries are often...
ZAM reporter
The African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM’s first two investigations -on failing malaria aid and the ‘war on terror’- were met with interest worldwide. From the Global Investigative Journalism Network to Spanish, Swiss, German, Dutch, South African and United States-based colleagues and media houses, tweets, follow-up queries and co-publishing partnerships were received from all these. ‘The Siren Call: how jihadi movements recruit their followers’ has already been co-published by ‘De... The African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM’s first two investigations -on failing malaria aid and the ‘war on terror’- were met with...
Tshireletso Motlogelwa and Matteo Civillini
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Presidential arms dealers and securocrats rule Africa’s ‘success story.’ Botswana is mostly known from stories about ‘authentic’ tribes living in the Kalahari desert area, rich diamond deposits, relative prosperity, democracy and books about a lovable detective called Mma Ramotswe. In reality however, the tiny country squeaks under the weight of a massive money-guzzling army that made President Khama’s brothers as rich as it made various international arms dealers.... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Presidential arms dealers and securocrats rule Africa’s ‘success story.’ Botswana is mostly known from stories about...
David Dembele, Hamza Idris, Muno Gedi, Bram Posthumus and Kenya correspondent
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Let down by ruling elites, it is difficult for youth in East and West Africa to withstand the ‘siren call’ of jihadi movements A military-only approach to terrorism in East and West Africa only creates more and more terrorists. An AIPC-ZAM team discovered how in Kenya police death squads drive youth into the arms of Al-Shabaab, whilst in Mali a neglected and abandoned people is ready to join ’any party that does something for us’ and in Somalia a corrupt and weak... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations Let down by ruling elites, it is difficult for youth in East and West Africa to withstand the ‘siren call’ of jihadi...
Estacio Valoi (Mozambique) and Gesbeen Mohammad (UK)
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations How villagers fight a mining pact from hell in the world’s richest ruby deposit Western multinationals are often blamed for a lack of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility.’ But an investigation into ruby mining in Mozambique shows that it is hard to blame just one side when the rulers in the ‘partner’ country abuse their own citizens. In Montepuez, the richest ruby deposit in the world, a local General pockets his proceeds of an UK-Mozambique ruby mining partnership... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations How villagers fight a mining pact from hell in the world’s richest ruby deposit Western multinationals are often blamed...
Zack Ohemeng Tawiah (Ghana) and Francis Mbala (DRC), with contributions from Janneke Donkerlo (Amsterdam, Geneva) and Erick Kabendera (Dar es Salaam)
The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations How donor campaigns are setting the fight against malaria back “Malaria deaths down by sixty percent,” headlined the World Health Organisation in December 2015. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation claimed the achievement as due to their and other international aid programmes. But an investigation by the African Investigative Publishing Collective in partnership with ZAM shows little evidence of a victory in the fight against the mosquito-spread fever that kills... The 2015 AIPC-ZAM Investigations How donor campaigns are setting the fight against malaria back “Malaria deaths down by sixty percent,” headlined the...
Evelyn Groenink
Seven teams of African journalists and Western colleagues unearthed hidden truths in the 2015 AIPC-ZAM investigations For the first time on such a large scale seven teams of African and Western journalists jointly investigated conflict, health and governance in African countries -and how these are impacted upon by ‘the West.’ Questions arising in malaria-ridden areas in Ghana and the DRC were presented to Bill Gates’ Global Fund offices in Geneva; Western anti-terrorism programmes were scrutinized... Seven teams of African journalists and Western colleagues unearthed hidden truths in the 2015 AIPC-ZAM investigations For the first time on such a large...
ZAM Reporter
AIPC and ZAM launch seven transnational investigations The African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM are proud to launch their new series of seven transnational investigations. The seven 'TI's', on subjects ranging from terror to malaria to witchcraft, were conducted over the second half of last year and the first months of 2016. They span sixteen countries of which thirteen in Africa and three in Europe. A total of twenty-four journalists (eighteen from Africa and six from AIPC partner... AIPC and ZAM launch seven transnational investigations The African Investigative Publishing Collective and ZAM are proud to launch their new series of...
Lázaro Mabunda
It's two-and-a-half thousand dead rhinos vs. three-hundred-and-sixty-three dead poachers in the Kruger Park Many of the Mozambicans were poachers. But perhaps not all. “This is the route we use to walk to South Africa”: a story of migration, smuggling, cannon fodder and rural villages donned with luxury mansions. First time visitors to the village of Magude in Maputo province, and its sister towns Massingir and Chokwe in Mozambique’s Gaza region, will be surprised at the many mansions and expensive... It's two-and-a-half thousand dead rhinos vs. three-hundred-and-sixty-three dead poachers in the Kruger Park Many of the Mozambicans were poachers. But...
Forum for African Investigative Reporters
Expensive 'fair' chocolate does not benefit cocoa farmers In a six-month transnational project led by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), journalists hailing from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria and the Netherlands investigated the alleged benefits received by cocoa farmers in West Africa via the FAIRTRADE label. Their conclusions are shocking: whilst the chocolate consumer in the West pays a significant mark-up for 'honest' chocolate, these benefits amount to little or no... Expensive 'fair' chocolate does not benefit cocoa farmers In a six-month transnational project led by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters...