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Africa’s top 13 hidden corruption scheme

Africa’s top 13 hidden corruption scheme – Like diseases, corruption can never be completely eliminated, but it would end up killing its host and put the society’s welfare in danger if left uncared for. In his latest column, Mr Koutonin enlists hidden corruption schemes that help the perpetrators to benefit illegally and at the expense of other’s welfare.


The quickest way to become rich is to accept corruption or actively practice it. This is universal, and is not specific to Africa.

From oil tycoons to government officials, very few have become rich because of hard work and integrity. Receiving and granting favors illegally is what makes a small group of citizens the wealthiest, with the biggest houses, alluring cars and private jets.

Though the dream of million of hustlers is to become rich, the conventional route of corruption and dubious deals has a very negative impact on our country. It makes it collectively poorer, mismanaged, and ultimately delays the social and economical progress we all wish for.

The biggest question still is, who will be the first to deny himself or herself good life because of public or common good?

All the world countries we admire had the courage to curb rampant corruption in order to make progress. Beyond the well-known kickback scheme, here are the top 13 corruption schemes I’ve heard of or witnessed during my 20 years of career in both private and public sectors.

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My intention here is to shed light into dark corners to facilitate public awareness, but also action.

1. False order and invoicing: A manager places an order for goods or services. The goods are delivered and received, but later returned to the supplier as cancelled unofficially, with or without the complicity of the supplier. The invoice money is paid to the corrupted manager in the meantime.

In a smilier manner, a manager requires a consulting service. The service is started and the consultant is paid the first part of his fees, usually around 15 to 30%. Once the first consultation report is received, the contract is canceled unofficially, and the manager pockets the 70% remainder.

Another variant of this scheme works  as follows: a call for proposals is published. Bids are received. A winner is selected but never be notified. A contract is signed with the not notified ‘winner’ with forged signatures, and invoices paid to him officially. However, all the contract money ends up in the pocket of the company managers.

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