An anti-corruption watchdog has found proof that a British company searching for oil in Africa’s oldest national park paid thousands of dollars to a Congolese military officer whose soldiers have been accused of bribing, intimidating and even killing the company’s opponents.
The watchdog, Global Witness, has obtained cheques and receipts for $42,250 (£27,475) that the company, Soco, paid the officer, Major Burimba Feruzi, over a fortnight in the spring of 2014. Opponents of drilling in Virunga national park, a Unesco World Heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo, were being violently silenced at that time.
Corrupt practices happen in corrupt parts of the world.
I am shocked, shocked. Of course, you never know whether it’s a shakedown (not exactly unknown among men with guns) or not.
But actually I am shocked. Who the hell pays a bribe with a cheque? That’s incompetent.