African press review 28 November 2014

Text by: Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel
5 min

Kenya's middle managers confess to corruption. US troops join the fight against Ebola. A Nigerian journalists' union takes up the cudgels for young workers treated as "slaves". And a tweet asks if Jesus would get a South African visa.


Kenya is ranked fourth globally on the list of countries worst hit by fraud, the Nairobi-based Standard reports.

According to the third Global Fraud survey by Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services firm, Kenya ranks just behind Nigeria, Egypt and Namibia when it comes to fraud.

Most fraud cases are perpetrated by middle-level managers of the private sector and more than 27 per cent of them have admitted it, according to the report.

But that's not all. Cybercrime is a growing trend in Kenya. That's because the Kenyan economy is growing fast and that means more people are paying via internet.

Dossier: Ebola outbreak 2014

FrontPage Africa takes us to Liberia where US troops are fighting Ebola.

…and not with arms but with education and training. The Liberian paper spent a day at an Ebola Treatment Unit Course led by the US military in Monrovia.

Through a real-time mock-up scenario, the students, mostly Liberian health-care workers learn how to deal properly with an Ebola-infected patient, the paper reports.

For example, it quotes the case of an Ebola-infected woman who refuses to be admitted to hospital because she has two small children waiting outside, adding that this is something that could happen in real life.

The five days of classes are very important, says FrontPage Africa, because most of the volunteers who work in Ebola treatment units come from various backgrounds and they need to learn how to properly deal with the virus.

The daily says the US army has also set up two mobile classes, which are crucial for healthworkers working in remote locations.

The Nigerian Union of Journalists is defending young workers.

This is a story which receives coverage in this morning's Nigerian Vanguard. The paper recounts what happened this week at the offices of the Nigerian Union of Journalists in Ogun State.

It says around 100 young people apparently stormed the office earlier this week in"an expression of their anger and frustration".

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The young men were seeking the help of the media after several of their colleagues lost their limbs and lives at  work. The workers, who are mainly employed by foreign companies, accuse their employers of slavery.

They claim, for example, that an explosion during office hours which left several office workers dead.

The Vanguard says that's why the Nigerian Union of Journalists has decided to help them. If you have access to the paper you should read the article, they've investigated the matter and it seems that the workers' claims are true.

Finally, there is an interesting opinion piece in this morning BusinessDay.

The South African daily hands out an award every week to one person who has tweeted something of significance.

And this week it goes to Tannie Evita, who wrote "Dear Jesus, the ANC says it will rule SA till you come back. Don’t bother. They won’t give you a visa either."

Business Day, says the tweet is relevant as it follows a call by President Jacob Zuma for the divine to intervene to help the country solve its problems.

And there are many, explains the paper, because over the past five years the ANC has become something of a pseudo-religious movement which Zuma has even described as the child of the church.

BusinessDay is amused by the Zuma's statement and quips that, whatever happens, "the sooner Jesus returns the better as there are so many problems which need solving".

It goes on to suggest that Zuma should however leave the South African people to worry about the afterlife and instead take care of the country's problems.

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