Thursday, 16 January 2014
Norweigan government ignores correspondence on corruption in Tanzania
Norway is familiar with high levels of corruption in Tanzania and the issue of Norwegian aid to Tanzania was in the headlines again in 2013 when Norway stopped aid to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism after allegations of corruption and missing aid.
However it seems that some elements of corruption may be acceptable to the Norwegian Government i.e. when it comes to the conduct of the rich and powerful in Tanzania and men like Reginald Mengi.
Reginald Mengi is a rich and powerful media owner in Tanzania. He is also corrupt. He was found by the London High Court in December 2012 to have been complicit in the corruption of his brother Benjamin to steal the lease to Silverdale & Mbono Farms in the Hai District of the Kilimanjaro Region in Tanzania from British investors Sarah Hermitage and Stewart Middleton. He and his witnesses were found to have lied to and misled the court and Reginald Mengi himself was found to have probably met the threshold for the crime of criminal libel in Tanzania should the authorities wish to prosecute him. Of course they have not.
In December The East Africa Association of Grantmakers honoured Mengi with the East Africa Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award for 2013 stating “This Award is normally given out to individuals for having committed their lives and demonstrated their passion to philanthropy work in the region......it is bestowed on people having made great contributions to the wellbeing of humanity and the society they live in.” Seemingly those also complicit in corruption and the destruction of bona fide investment in Tanzania.
Norway's Ambassador to Tanzania, Ingunn Klepsvik, presents East Africa Association of Grantmakers' Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award to Dr Reginald Mengi
The award was bestowed on Mr Mengi at a dinner in a Dar es Salaam by Norway's Ambassador to Tanzania Ingunn Klipsvik.
The following email was sent to Ambassador Klepsvik in respect of the presentation and a separate email was also send to Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende. Neither has had the courtesy to acknowledge receipt of the correspondence which is self-explanatory
Norway's Foreign Minister Børge Brende