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Vol 52 No 21

Published 21st October 2011


Oil in troubled waters

Accusations in Kampala of high-level corporate bribery are as much about politics as business

Documents purporting to show that Ireland’s Tullow Oil made corrupt payments of 16.5 million euros (US$22.59 mn.) to Uganda’s Foreign Minister, Sam Kahamba Kutesa, and other state officials are forgeries, say British police. Yet the documents were tabled in Parliament after two foreign police forces had dismissed them as fakes.Following a request from its Ugandan colleagues, the anti-corruption unit in Britain’s Metropolitan Police Service questioned claims that the ‘EFG’ bank had acted as a conduit for payments to East Africa Development Limited in Kenya, via Malta and Dubai. British police also questioned the authenticity of a ‘power of attorney’ document alleged to be from Tullow’s Chief Executive, Aidan Heavey.

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