New book exposes corrupt mine deals

2012-07-21 09:06

SA businessman and Kenyan prime minister implicated

Wealthy South African businessman Antonio Texeira has been linked to corrupt business deals involving himself and Kenya’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The allegation links Texeira and Odinga to corrupt business deals in the energy and mining sectors in Kenya and southern Africa worth millions of dollars.

In a controversial book written by a former estranged aide to Odinga, Texeira and Odinga are alleged to be engaged in shadowy mining partnerships in the Zambian Copper Belt.

The book by Miguna Miguna, titled Peeling Back The Mask and launched on Saturday in Nairobi, has caused a major political storm in Kenya, with opponents asking for the prime minister’s resignation even as his supporters discredited the author as a bitter man after being fired by Odinga in 2010.

The book, purportedly “baring it all” in terms of goings-on in Odinga’s office, claims that corruption is rife in the premier’s office and that Odinga had salted away a personal fortune thanks to a number of scandals involving government funds and international business connections.

Miguna’s account claims that through Texeira, the prime minister’s office imported thousands of tons of spoilt maize from South Africa in 2009, at the height of that year’s drought, which was subsequently condemned by Kenyan health authorities.

The consignment was a source of major controversy between Odinga and his opponents in Parliament, who wanted the shipment sent back to the source.

According to the book, the premier met Texeira in 1999 when he served as Kenya’s energy minister and the pair immediately hit it off, venturing into various businesses in the energy sector together.

“Through Texeira and others, Odinga was able to build a business empire spanning Africa in key sectors ranging from energy to mining,” says the writer.

“The pair became business partners, with Odinga inviting Texeira to acquire a stake in his family business empire,” it states.

Miguna claims Texeira managed to acquire a controlling stake in the flagship Odinga family business, Spectre International, a company that makes and refills gas cylinders and owns Kisumu Molasses plant, an agrochemicals firm that makes industrial chemicals in western Kenya, an assertion that cannot be independently verified.

The book that has caused this furore in Kenya is likely to affect Odinga’s fortunes in next year’s general election.

Miguna paints his former boss as a corrupt politician just like his competitors in the country’s race for presidency, adding that through South African businessmen, Odinga was introduced to ex-Zambian president Rupiah Banda, who offered access to the lucrative copper trade in the southern African country.

The publication has attracted threats of legal action from some of the prime minister’s aides, who claim they have been defamed by the author.

They say he depicts them as links between Odinga and corrupt deals.

The prime minister himself has not commented on the “exposé”, but his supporters have torn into it, criticising the author and calling the account fictional and only written to harm Odinga’s reputation.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.