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Vol 39 No 20

Published 9th October 1998


Gunning for prawns

A row over a prawn farm and arms supply contract tests government accountability

Pressure is mounting on President Benjamin Mkapa to reconsider cabinet approval for a 10,000-hectare prawn farm in East Africa’s biggest expanse of mangrove forest. Most controversially, the contract negotiated between the African Fishing Company and the government would allow AFC to import US$570,000 of arms and ammunition a year into Tanzania. AFC’s majority shareholder, Reginald John Nolan, an Irishman, supplied arms and other military equipment to the Defence Ministry in the 1980s and was involved in a prolonged legal battle in the Tanzanian courts with a fellow arms dealer over commission payments.

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