Congo Watch: Cleaning up corruption in DRC

Friday, May 20, 2005

Cleaning up corruption in DRC

'This is currently the most expensive UN peacekeeping operation on the globe' writes Jean-Jacques Cornish in a report at Mail & Guardian May 20, 2005.
Corruption is the biggest hurdle in the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) transition to its first democratic elections since independence in 1960. The legacy of Mobutu Sese Seko, epitomising African klepto-cracy remains disturbingly alive. This is the view of several European and United Nations officials the Mail & Guardian spoke to in Kinshasa and Goma last week.
The report reveals Ondekane managed in eight months to salt away more than $10-million of money from the UN and the international donor community.

It also says Britain is standing by to contribute to the reintegration process, but is waiting to see a comprehensive plan.

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