I’ve spent a lot of time on African issues over the last dozen years or so. I’ve observed elections, met a lot of folk living the most God-awful lives, and know quite a few leaders from the past, present and probably of the future too – some doing a so-so job, some making near-miracles happen… read more →

I’ve been closely following the Jim McCormick, fake bomb detector, story over the last three years now.  With his court conviction yesterday, the reportage has mainly focussed on how McCormick fooled foreign buyers with his transparent lies.  We’ve all been incredulous that such obvious fakes could be palmed off on ‘foreigners’ – it’s all bordered.. read more →

12 Jun 2012
June 12, 2012


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Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien.  The best is the enemy of the good. Perhaps Voltaire really did say that; I’ve no idea.  But when it comes to the really important stuff, the phrase resonates for many of us when trying to navigate the channel between the platonic ideal of an outcome and simply yielding.. read more →

The murder last week in Pakistan of Scottish nurse Khalil Dale raises a difficult question no-one seems keen to address.  That is; why do NGOs which deploy people to the world’s most dangerous places say they’ll never pay a ransom when their employees are kidnapped?  The London Times came up with the standard defence of.. read more →

Un député va transmettre des informations au sujet de sociétés fictives au Serious Fraud Office List of shell companies FRENCH Dans le plus récent d’une série de communiqués au sujet des gains extraordinaires réalisés aux dépens du peuple congolais, Eric Joyce a publié aujourd’hui une liste de 59 sociétés fictives qui ont acquis des biens de.. read more →

More evidence of wholesale asset-stripping in the Congo.  Read my press-release first then view details of 45 shell companies and some of the people involved. DRC shell companies In the latest of a series of releases detailing bumper windfalls made at the expense of the Congolese people, Eric Joyce today has published a list of.. read more →

Shell companies in the BVI and South Africa continue to drain Congo’s wealth.  Read my press release below first, documenting how more billions have disappeared from the Congo.   The Ugandan Lake Albert oil developments are set to yield billions while the DRC side remains on the starting blocks thanks to the less-than-mysterious sale of.. read more →

New documents provide further details of undervaluation of state assets, sold to off shore ‘shell’ companies at a loss of $1B to the Congolese people. Documents appear to show, in addition, the transfer of $10,000,000  from state company Sodomico to a 2011 election fund by Congo Mines Minister Martin Kabwelulu. Letters from Laurent Kangoa, CEO of.. read more →

I’m chair of the All Party African Great Lakes Group (www.africangreatlakes.com), with over 200 MPs and Lords we’re one of the largest and most active groups at the UK parliament.For some time, I’ve been working on the issue of the alleged underpriced sale by the government of the DRC of billions of dollars worth of.. read more →

I spent this morning in Kigale with Ignace Gatari, the phenomenally smart Rwandan ICT minister. Elsewhere, Gordon Brown (who recently joined the WWW Foundation) met Ignace’s boss, president Kagame, in New York to discuss the same thinrg-.Rwanda’s remarkable  response to the opportunities made possible by the digital economy.   Ignace described the how fibre-optic cables which every driver in Rwanda can see.. read more →