Corruption and exploitation revealed as Africa struggles with fresh contractor scandals.
Ghana’s Graphic reports the illegal occupation of land by Chinese miners in the Bosomtwe Range Forest Reserve of the Ashanti region, who have refused to leave despite orders from national government in Accra.
Elsewhere in the country, GhanaWeb reports, activists are suing to prevent Chinese firms from mining in a protected national forest and, in doing so, endangering the water supply on which millions of people depend.
In another example of how local people are being impacted by corrupt practices, The Cable, a Nigerian news group, investigated how Chinese mining firms are polluting local water supplies in Karshi, a remote area 70km to the north of Abuja.
The Cable reports how the pollution of water by mining operations has meant that villages are forced to trek long distances to find water to drink and wash, further endangering themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This story is reflected in Kenya, where The Daily Nation reported in July that Chinese road construction firm have been ordered by courts to pay owners of land for the illegal excavation of soil for road-building.
Meanwhile, in Lamu, northern Kenya, Business Daily reports that farmers are demanding the return of land that was earmarked for the development of a coal-fired power station. The construction of the power station, due to be built by Chinese firms, was blocked after Kenyan courts ruled that it would have “dire economic and health effects on locals” – per BBC reporting in June 2019.
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