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A Betting Nation: the comeback of sports betting firms in Kenya?

  • Finance

NAIROBI - This investigation reveals Kenya's enormous betting addiction. Leaked figures from the betting regulator show that punters wagered more than US$300 million in a single month in 2019.

A follow-up investigation reveals that at the same time the Kenyan government removed a tax for betting companies, a cousin of Kenya's president accumulated a financial stake in betting giant SportPesa.

The Consultant: Why did a palm oil conglomerate pay $22m to an unnamed ‘expert’ in Papua?

  • Corruption
  • Environment

This investigation examines a $22 million “consultancy fee” paid by one of the world’s largest palm oil conglomerates, the Korindo Group, in connection with the acquisition of a shell company that held permits to establish an oil palm plantation in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua.

How Israeli mercenaries trained the Cameroonian army

  • Corruption
  • Security

Over the past decades, a handful of Israelis have overseen and trained elite units of the Cameroonian army. Their paid services brought them millions of dollars, which they invested around the world. Meanwhile, the army unit they've trained, the BIR, has committed extensive human rights violations.

How nations profit from Zimbabwe’s blood gold

  • Conflict
  • Corruption
  • Finance

HARARE - Gold is Zimbabwe's chief export product. However, partly because of the country's monetary policy, an estimate of 50% of artisanal and small-scale mined gold in Zimbabwe is lost to smuggling, causing bloody turf wars that have claimed hundreds of lives.

Painting Gold Mining in Zimbabwe

Iraqi groups paying Facebook millions to churn out fake news

  • Terrorism

An Iraqi terrorist group is transferring huge amounts of money directly to Facebook to boost the exposure its fake news posts receive.

The Nigerian Cartel

  • Corruption
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Work

LAGOS - This series of investigations exposes the consequences of yearlong corruption in the construction and oil sectors on Nigerian life conditions, and the dodgy relationship between oil businessmen and corrupt politicians in the country.

Coca-Cola and Cape Town’s sweetheart Day Zero deal

  • Ecology
  • Environment
  • Industry

CAPE TOWN - As dam levels dropped rapidly at the end of 2017 and Cape Town faced the looming threat of becoming the first major city where taps would run dry, households were forced to pull out all the stops to save water. But Coca Cola and other big industrial users were given a free pass.

Neo-Black Movement a.k.a. Black Axe - social movement or international criminal network?

  • Finance
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

NIGERIA, GERMANY - In the 1970s Nigerian students founded a fraternity to fight against oppression and racism. Today, their name appears worldwide in connection with criminal activities. What happened?

How cross-border illicit beer trade is hurting revenue collections in Kenya and Uganda

  • Economy
  • Finance

BUSIA, UGANDA - This story shows how the lapse in the law coupled by porous border points and tax difference is fuelling cross-border beer smuggling between Uganda and Kenya.

It depicts the colossal sums of revenues lost due to the illicit alcohol trade that is thriving between Busia, and Malaba, Uganda’s main border points and leading import from the sea route.

How multinational tech companies exploit tax laws and shift profit: a focus on Ghana and Nigeria

  • Economy
  • Finance

ACCRA, LAGOS - This story identifies the lapses in the current tax systems and how Ghana and Nigeria are dealing with profit shifting and tax avoidance. It exposes how major tech companies, Facebook and Google, use tax havens to avoid payment of taxes in Nigeria and Ghana, depriving these countries of revenue which could be invested in many deprived areas.