Anas Anas Speaks To AIIJ

As the world comes to terms with the novel COVID19, that has ravaged economies across the globe, the opposite has been true to some people especially in African countries as it has provided an opportunity to others to make money against the will of the people. Billions of monies have been committed to the fight against the pandemic for example a total of 300 US dollars was approved by the board world bank to Uganda, 491.5million us dollars by the IMF and the supplementary budget that was passed at the eve of the pandemic in Uganda.

A 2020 February report released by the world bank indicates whenever money is given to the low developing countries, a significant amount of money is stealthily channeled out to private offshore accounts in tax havens. But also, the corruption perception index of LDCs (Low Developing Countries) suggests that there is high level of corruption especially whenever money seems to be available in plenty, though stealing of public resources happens still happens with scarcity. So, the bigger the amount available, the bigger the amounts stolen and vice versa.

Anas Aremayaw Anas is a celebrated undercover journalist with the BBC Africa Eye with tumultuous experience and knowledge of the wider field in which such timorous acts of bribery, corruption, theft, murder among others happen. His work has caused a lot of positive change in the West Africa and beyond however much it puts his life on the line and thus staying in the shadows for all investigations.

This Friday 31th of July, at midday he speaks to the African Institute for Investigative Journalism on the role of Investigative journalism in ensuring Accountability in Africa given banking on his experience and referent power on the global investigative journalism scene. Solomon Serwanjja, will moderate the online discussion that is expected to bring to life crucial journalism coverage observations from across the continent, abut also shine a light on practical ways investigative journalists can cover stories related to the money channeled towards the fight against the pandemic.

This will be episode two of the webinar series that the Institute holds to have knowledge shared by the different journalists on how to cover stories that are in public interest as exposing of the Quaks and Thieves  would deter and reverse the appetite for theft of public funds geared towards the fight against the pandemic something that is so emblematic of the status quo.

Join the discussion across all our social media platforms as we will be streaming live on face book @AfricanIIJ, and YouTube.