Angola: Sao Vicente money laundering trial postponed

Angola : le procès pour blanchiment de Sao Vicente reporté  Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente, homme d'affaires accusé de corruption, assis lors de l'audience de la Cour de Luanda, Angola  Le procès de Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente, homme d’affaires marié à l’une des filles du premier président d'Angola, Antonio Agostinho Netoest reporté au 11 février 2022 apparemment en raison d’un vice de procédure.  L’accusé dirigeait un groupe de sociétés qui vendaient des contrats d’assurance à Sonangol, la compagnie pétrolière nationale angolaise.  "La loi exige qu'une convocation soit envoyée 15 jours avant le début de l'audience par le procureur et la défense. Malheureusement, cela n'a pas été fait. La défense ne l'a appris que le 18 janvier 2022, ce qui l'a poussée à demander un report du procès. L'ouverture du procès a donc été reportée au 11 février 2022 à 9 heures dans la même salle d'audience." a expliqué le juge Edson Escrevao.  Économiste de formation, Carlos Manuel de São Vicente, se retrouve à la tête d'un géant de l'assurance en Angola, le groupe AAA, très lié à Sonangol, qui se verra confier la gestion des risques des activités pétrolières du pays par le président Dos Santos.  En 2016, sa fille Isabel Dos Santos sera nommée à la tête de l’entreprise. Sonangol aurait transféré la gestion des risques des activités pétrolières du pays, ainsi que la gestion de ses fonds de pension, au groupe AAA de Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente.  L’actuel chef d’état Joao Lourenço a lancé dès son arrivée au pouvoir en 2017, une campagne de la lutte contre la corruption contre l’ancien régime de Dos Santos.  "Je suis très inquiet parce que jusqu'à présent, ce que j'observe, c'est que les droits de l'homme ne sont pas respectés, la présomption d'innocence n'est pas respectée, les droits de la défense ne sont pas respectés. Je rappelle qu'il est détenu depuis 600 jours, alors que normalement la détention provisoire ne devrait jamais dépasser un an dans ce pays. Et en tout état de cause, elle n'est pas justifiée. " a déclaréFrançois Zimeray, avocat français et ambassadeur des droits de l'homme.  Les deux familles régnantes auraient semble-t-il détourné des centaines de millions de dollars dans les caisses du pays.  Plusieurs enfants de Dos Santos en ont fait les frais, à l’image d’Isabel Dos Santos qui, accusée de corruption, va devoir restituer plus de 400 millions d'euros d'actions à la compagnie pétrolière angolaise Sonangol.     Angola: Sao Vicente money laundering trial postponed Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente, businessman accused of corruption, seated during the court hearing in Luanda, Angola  The trial of Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente, a businessman married to one of the daughters of Angola's first president, Antonio Agostinho Neto, has been postponed until February 11, 2022, apparently due to a procedural flaw.  The accused headed a group of companies that sold insurance contracts to Sonangol, the Angolan national oil company.  “The law requires that a summons be sent 15 days before the start of the hearing by the prosecutor and the defense. Unfortunately, this was not done. The defense only learned of this on January 18, 2022, this which prompted her to request a postponement of the trial. The opening of the trial has therefore been postponed to February 11, 2022 at 9 a.m. in the same courtroom. explained Judge Edson Escrevao.  An economist by training, Carlos Manuel de São Vicente, finds himself at the head of an insurance giant in Angola, the AAA group, closely linked to Sonangol, which will be entrusted with the management of the risks of the country's oil activities by the President Dos Santos.  In 2016, his daughter Isabel Dos Santos will be appointed head of the company. Sonangol is said to have transferred the risk management of the country's oil activities, as well as the management of its pension funds, to the AAA group of Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente.  The current head of state, Joao Lourenço, launched an anti-corruption campaign against the former Dos Santos regime when he came to power in 2017.  "I am very worried because so far what I observe is that human rights are not respected, the presumption of innocence is not respected, the rights of the defense are not are not respected. I remind you that he has been detained for 600 days, whereas normally pre-trial detention should never exceed one year in this country. And in any case, it is not justified. " declared François Zimeray, French lawyer and human rights ambassador.  The two reigning families are said to have embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars from the coffers of the country.  Several children of Dos Santos have paid the price, like Isabel Dos Santos who, accused of corruption, will have to return more than 400 million euros in shares to the Angolan oil company Sonangol.

Angola: Sao Vicente money laundering trial postponed

Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente, businessman accused of corruption, seated during the court hearing in Luanda, Angola

The trial of Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente, a businessman married to one of the daughters of Angola's first president, Antonio Agostinho Neto, has been postponed until February 11, 2022, apparently due to a procedural flaw.

The accused headed a group of companies that sold insurance contracts to Sonangol, the Angolan national oil company.

“The law requires that a summons be sent 15 days before the start of the hearing by the prosecutor and the defense. Unfortunately, this was not done. The defense only learned of this on January 18, 2022, this which prompted her to request a postponement of the trial. The opening of the trial has therefore been postponed to February 11, 2022 at 9 a.m. in the same courtroom. explained Judge Edson Escrevao.

An economist by training, Carlos Manuel de São Vicente, finds himself at the head of an insurance giant in Angola, the AAA group, closely linked to Sonangol, which will be entrusted with the management of the risks of the country's oil activities by the President Dos Santos.

In 2016, his daughter Isabel Dos Santos will be appointed head of the company. Sonangol is said to have transferred the risk management of the country's oil activities, as well as the management of its pension funds, to the AAA group of Carlos Manuel de Sao Vicente.

The current head of state, Joao Lourenço, launched an anti-corruption campaign against the former Dos Santos regime when he came to power in 2017.

"I am very worried because so far what I observe is that human rights are not respected, the presumption of innocence is not respected, the rights of the defense are not are not respected. I remind you that he has been detained for 600 days, whereas normally pre-trial detention should never exceed one year in this country. And in any case, it is not justified. " declared François Zimeray, French lawyer and human rights ambassador.

The two reigning families are said to have embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars from the coffers of the country.

Several children of Dos Santos have paid the price, like Isabel Dos Santos who, accused of corruption, will have to return more than 400 million euros in shares to the Angolan oil company Sonangol.




سوريا واليمن والصومال وليبيا تحتل صدارة قائمة “الدول الأكثر فساداً في العالم”   واشنطن- “القدس العربي”: حلت أربع دول عربية ضمن قائمة أشد الدول فساداً في العالم، وفق التقرير السنوي لمؤشر مدركات الفساد، الذي تصدره منظمة الشفافية العالمية.  والدول الأربعة هي سوريا في المرتبة الثانية بعد جنوب السودان، التي احتلت صدارة  قائمة الدول الأشد فساداً في العالم، والصومال في المرتبة الثالثة واليمن في المرتبة الخامسة وليبيا في المرتبة الثامنة.  وتحسن وضع السودان في المؤشر، ولكنها بقيت في صدارة الدول الأكثر فساداً في العالم، حيث احتلت المرتبة 15 في القائمة ، واحتل العراق المرتبة 24، فيما احتلت لبنان المرتبة 27، واحتلت موريتانيا المرتبة 41.  وتم تصنيف الولايات المتحدة على أنها الدولة رقم  27 الأقل فساداً في العالم، متقدمة على العديد من الخصوم، بما في ذلك روسيا وكوريا الشمالية، ولكنها كانت خلف الحلفاء، مثل فرنسا والنرويج واليابان، وفقاً لتقرير منظمة الشفافية، الذي صدر يوم الثلاثاء.  وفسر باحثون أمريكيون عدم إحراز البلاد أي تقدم في مؤشر مدركات الفساد بسبب الهجمات المستمرة على الانتخابات النزيهة والحرة، والتي بلغت ذروتها في الهجوم العنيف على مبنى الكابيتول هيل، ونظام تمويل الحملات الانتخابية، وهو نظام غامض إلى حد ما.  وقالت منظمة الشفافية العالمية إن جائحة كوفيد- 19 أُستخدمت كذريعة للحد من الحريات الأساسية والضوابط والتوازنات الهامة، واستشهدت المنظمة بالقيود المتزايدة على الحريات المدنية  في أوروبا والأمريكيتين وآسيا.  كلمات مفتاحية  رائد صالحة افتحام الكونغرسالدول الأكثر فساداً في العالمالسودانالصومالالعراقاليمنسوريا  اترك تعليقاً       Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya top the list of “the most corrupt countries in the world”  Washington - Four Arab countries are among the most corrupt countries in the world , according to the annual report of the Corruption Perceptions Index, issued by Transparency International.  The four countries are Syria in second place after South Sudan, which ranked first in the list of the most corrupt countries in the world, Somalia in third place, Yemen in fifth place, and Libya in eighth place.  Sudan improved in the index, but it remained at the forefront of the most corrupt countries in the world, as it ranked 15th in the list, Iraq ranked 24, Lebanon ranked 27, and Mauritania ranked 41.  The United States was ranked as the 27th least corrupt country in the world, ahead of many opponents, including Russia and North Korea, but far behind allies such as France, Norway and Japan, according to a Transparency report, released on Tuesday.  US researchers have explained the country's lack of progress in the Corruption Perceptions Index due to persistent attacks on fair and free elections, culminating in the violent attack on Capitol Hill and the somewhat opaque campaign finance system.  Transparency International said the COVID-19 pandemic has been used as an excuse to limit fundamental freedoms and important checks and balances, citing increasing restrictions on civil liberties in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya top the list of “the most corrupt countries in the world”


Washington - Four Arab countries are among the most corrupt countries in the world , according to the annual report of the Corruption Perceptions Index, issued by Transparency International.

The four countries are Syria in second place after South Sudan, which ranked first in the list of the most corrupt countries in the world, Somalia in third place, Yemen in fifth place, and Libya in eighth place.

Sudan improved in the index, but it remained at the forefront of the most corrupt countries in the world, as it ranked 15th in the list, Iraq ranked 24, Lebanon ranked 27, and Mauritania ranked 41.

The United States was ranked as the 27th least corrupt country in the world, ahead of many opponents, including Russia and North Korea, but far behind allies such as France, Norway and Japan, according to a Transparency report, released on Tuesday.

US researchers have explained the country's lack of progress in the Corruption Perceptions Index due to persistent attacks on fair and free elections, culminating in the violent attack on Capitol Hill and the somewhat opaque campaign finance system.

Transparency International said the COVID-19 pandemic has been used as an excuse to limit fundamental freedoms and important checks and balances, citing increasing restrictions on civil liberties in Europe, the Americas and Asia.


Kenya : les aliments traditionnels au patrimoine culturel de l'UNESCO  Grâce aux campagnes menées par les agriculteurs kényans pour améliorer les connaissances nutritionnelles, le Kenya a été sélectionné pour figurer dans le registre des bonnes pratiques de sauvegarde.  Cette inscription vise à protéger le patrimoine culturel immatériel, qui permet aux personnes et aux communautés de se distinguer par leur histoire, leur nationalité, leur langue, leur idéologie et leurs valeurs, selon l'UNESCO.  Il a fallu quinze ans de collaboration entre les scientifiques et les communautés, y compris les écoliers, pour obtenir cette distinction. En 2007, des chercheurs ont pris conscience d'un déclin de la diversité alimentaire du pays. Ils l'ont attribué à l'évolution des modes de vie et à l'augmentation des plats préparés moins nutritifs, mais aussi au fait que les colonialistes encourageaient les habitants à mépriser leurs sources d'alimentation traditionnelles.  Jodeh Kinyanjui, un maraîcher de 61 ans, se souvient de l'époque où les pratiques agricoles étaient différentes. "Autrefois, nous ne pulvérisions jamais de pesticides sur les légumes traditionnels, car ils poussaient naturellement sans cela. Nous ne faisions qu'ajouter un peu d'engrais. Nous dépendions également des précipitations pour l'eau. C'est l'avantage des légumes traditionnels" a t-il déclaré.  La viande est considérée comme excessivement chère pour la plupart des gens ordinaires, bien que le poisson d'argent, appelé omena ou dagaa, du lac Victoria soit assez bon marché et devienne populaire. Les poulets sont élevés mais principalement vendus pour couvrir les besoins financiers du ménage. Ils sont abattus pour des occasions spéciales.  L'impact colonial sur les régimes alimentaires Patrick Maundu, ethnobotaniste aux Musées nationaux du Kenya, est l'un des chercheurs impliqués dans la campagne. Il explique qu'à l'époque coloniale, les gens ont fini par considérer les légumes traditionnels comme inférieurs à d'autres légumes tels que la pomme de terre, le chou, la bette à carde et le chou frisé.  "N_os recherches ont montré que nous avons environ 220 espèces de légumes traditionnels consommés par les quelque 60 communautés du pays. Mais une fois encore, pendant la période coloniale, les gens ont subi un lavage de cerveau qui leur a fait croire que ce qui était à eux n'était pas bon. Ainsi, petit à petit, les gens ont oublié leurs propres légumes traditionnels. Ils se sont mis à manger des choux, du chou frisé et de la bette à carde et ont presque oublié leurs légumes traditionnels_", explique Patrick Maundu.  "Ces légumes traditionnels ont une teneur en nutriments jusqu'à dix fois supérieure à celle du chou et nous avons donc toutes les raisons de promouvoir ces légumes traditionnels et ces aliments traditionnels."  Selon des chercheurs comme Maundu, de nombreux aliments indigènes étaient dans la plupart des cas plus nutritifs que les aliments exotiques qui les remplaçaient. Il a été constaté que les graines de l'amarante feuillue étaient une meilleure source de fer et de vitamine A que le chou, par un facteur de dix. De même, le baobab contenait près de 10 fois plus de vitamine C que l'orange.  Selon l'ethnobotaniste, les années 1970 et 1980 ont vu une tendance à promouvoir les aliments exotiques au détriment des aliments traditionnels, ce qui a entraîné une diminution de la variété des aliments disponibles pour la consommation. Par exemple, les variétés de légumes se sont réduites au chou frisé, aux choux et aux blettes.  Au fil des ans, deux groupes locaux, le programme sur les légumes-feuilles africains et le programme sur les traditions alimentaires, ont travaillé avec l'UNESCO.Les chercheurs ont étudié les aliments traditionnels du Kenya et la manière dont ils étaient préparés et consommés. Ils se sont lancés dans une mission visant à promouvoir rigoureusement les légumes traditionnels, qui sont également mieux à même de résister à des climats plus chauds.  Pour populariser les légumes locaux, un programme impliquant un partenariat entre Biodiversity International et les Musées nationaux du Kenya a publié des informations sur les différents légumes et leur valeur nutritionnelle.  Dans la capitale Nairobi, ce petit restaurant est spécialisé dans la cuisine et le service de plats traditionnels. Il a été ouvert en 2014 par Miriam Nabakwe, qui est également consultante dans le secteur de l'hôtellerie. Passionnée de fitness, elle aime servir des plats sains à des prix abordables, moins de six dollars américains.  Son plat le plus populaire est le poulet fumé, l'ugali et l'amarante. Nabakwe affirme que la Covid-19 a rendu les gens généralement plus conscients de leur santé et que les aliments traditionnels ont un impact important.  "Les restaurants de nourriture traditionnelle sont l'avenir. Je l'ai vu et cela a fonctionné pour moi. Je pense que c'est parce que les gens essaient de s'éloigner de ces aliments conventionnels comme la malbouffe et donc ils embrassent plus à cela" ajoute-elle.     Kenya: Traditional Foods UNESCO Cultural Heritage  Thanks to campaigns by Kenyan farmers to improve nutritional knowledge, Kenya has been selected to be included in the register of good safeguarding practices.  This inscription aims to protect intangible cultural heritage, which allows people and communities to be distinguished by their history, nationality, language, ideology and values, according to UNESCO .  It took fifteen years of collaboration between scientists and communities, including schoolchildren, to obtain this distinction. In 2007, researchers became aware of a decline in the country's dietary diversity. They attributed it to changing lifestyles and the rise of less nutritious convenience foods, but also to the colonialists encouraging the locals to despise their traditional food sources.  Jodeh Kinyanjui, a 61-year-old market gardener, remembers when farming practices were different.  “ We used to never spray traditional vegetables with pesticides because they grew naturally without it. We just added a bit of fertilizer. We also depended on rainfall for water. traditional vegetables, " he said.  Meat is considered excessively expensive for most ordinary people, although silverfish, called omena or dagaa, from Lake Victoria is quite cheap and is becoming popular. Chickens are raised but mainly sold to cover household financial needs. They are slaughtered for special occasions.  The colonial impact on diets Patrick Maundu, an ethnobotanist at the National Museums of Kenya , is one of the researchers involved in the campaign. He explains that during colonial times, people came to view traditional vegetables as inferior to other vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, Swiss chard and kale.  "Our research has shown that we have about 220 species of traditional vegetables eaten by the approximately 60 communities in the country. But again, during the colonial period, people were brainwashed into believing that what was to them was not good. So little by little, people forgot their own traditional vegetables. They started eating cabbage, kale and Swiss chard and almost forgot their traditional vegetables_", explains Patrick Maundu.  " These traditional vegetables have up to ten times the nutrient content of cabbage and so we have every reason to promote these traditional vegetables and traditional foods. "  According to researchers like Maundu, many indigenous foods were in most cases more nutritious than the exotic foods that replaced them. The seeds of leaf amaranth have been found to be a better source of iron and vitamin A than cabbage, by a factor of ten. Similarly, the baobab contained almost 10 times more vitamin C than the orange.  According to the ethnobotanist, the 1970s and 1980s saw a tendency to promote exotic foods over traditional foods, which led to a decrease in the variety of foods available for consumption. For example, vegetable varieties have narrowed to kale, cabbage and chard.  Over the years, two local groups, the African Leafy Vegetables Program and the Food Traditions Program, have worked with UNESCO.Researchers studied traditional foods in Kenya and how they were prepared and eaten . They embarked on a mission to rigorously promote traditional vegetables, which are also better able to withstand warmer climates.  To popularize local vegetables, a program involving a partnership between Biodiversity International and the National Museums of Kenya has published information on different vegetables and their nutritional value.  In the capital Nairobi, this small restaurant specializes in cooking and serving traditional dishes. It was opened in 2014 by Miriam Nabakwe, who is also a consultant in the hospitality industry. Passionate about fitness, she likes to serve healthy meals at affordable prices, under six US dollars.  His most popular dish is smoked chicken, ugali and amaranth. Nabakwe says Covid-19 has made people generally more health conscious and traditional foods are having a big impact.  " Traditional food restaurants are the future. I've seen it and it's worked for me. I think it's because people are trying to get away from these conventional foods like junk food and so they embrace more to that, ” she adds.

Kenya: Traditional Foods UNESCO Cultural Heritage


Thanks to campaigns by Kenyan farmers to improve nutritional knowledge, Kenya has been selected to be included in the register of good safeguarding practices.

This inscription aims to protect intangible cultural heritage, which allows people and communities to be distinguished by their history, nationality, language, ideology and values, according to UNESCO .

It took fifteen years of collaboration between scientists and communities, including schoolchildren, to obtain this distinction. In 2007, researchers became aware of a decline in the country's dietary diversity. They attributed it to changing lifestyles and the rise of less nutritious convenience foods, but also to the colonialists encouraging the locals to despise their traditional food sources.

Jodeh Kinyanjui, a 61-year-old market gardener, remembers when farming practices were different.

“ We used to never spray traditional vegetables with pesticides because they grew naturally without it. We just added a bit of fertilizer. We also depended on rainfall for water. traditional vegetables, " he said.

Meat is considered excessively expensive for most ordinary people, although silverfish, called omena or dagaa, from Lake Victoria is quite cheap and is becoming popular. Chickens are raised but mainly sold to cover household financial needs. They are slaughtered for special occasions.

The colonial impact on diets
Patrick Maundu, an ethnobotanist at the National Museums of Kenya , is one of the researchers involved in the campaign. He explains that during colonial times, people came to view traditional vegetables as inferior to other vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, Swiss chard and kale.

"Our research has shown that we have about 220 species of traditional vegetables eaten by the approximately 60 communities in the country. But again, during the colonial period, people were brainwashed into believing that what was to them was not good. So little by little, people forgot their own traditional vegetables. They started eating cabbage, kale and Swiss chard and almost forgot their traditional vegetables_", explains Patrick Maundu.

" These traditional vegetables have up to ten times the nutrient content of cabbage and so we have every reason to promote these traditional vegetables and traditional foods. "

According to researchers like Maundu, many indigenous foods were in most cases more nutritious than the exotic foods that replaced them. The seeds of leaf amaranth have been found to be a better source of iron and vitamin A than cabbage, by a factor of ten. Similarly, the baobab contained almost 10 times more vitamin C than the orange.

According to the ethnobotanist, the 1970s and 1980s saw a tendency to promote exotic foods over traditional foods, which led to a decrease in the variety of foods available for consumption. For example, vegetable varieties have narrowed to kale, cabbage and chard.

Over the years, two local groups, the African Leafy Vegetables Program and the Food Traditions Program, have worked with UNESCO.Researchers studied traditional foods in Kenya and how they were prepared and eaten . They embarked on a mission to rigorously promote traditional vegetables, which are also better able to withstand warmer climates.

To popularize local vegetables, a program involving a partnership between Biodiversity International and the National Museums of Kenya has published information on different vegetables and their nutritional value.

In the capital Nairobi, this small restaurant specializes in cooking and serving traditional dishes. It was opened in 2014 by Miriam Nabakwe, who is also a consultant in the hospitality industry. Passionate about fitness, she likes to serve healthy meals at affordable prices, under six US dollars.

His most popular dish is smoked chicken, ugali and amaranth. Nabakwe says Covid-19 has made people generally more health conscious and traditional foods are having a big impact.

" Traditional food restaurants are the future. I've seen it and it's worked for me. I think it's because people are trying to get away from these conventional foods like junk food and so they embrace more to that, ” she adds.
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