To Tackle Corruption, Africa Must Also Close ‘Legal’ Loopholes

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Nearly 50 politicians and public officials from 18 African countries have connections to secretive offshore financial structures and trusts in tax havens, according to the Pandora Papers investigation. The leaders implicated by the leaked files—the latest effort of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ—include Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and Prime Minister Patrick Achi of Cote d’Ivoire.

The revelations come at a time when debates over taxation,…

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