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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

Kenyan Navy Anglo-Leasing Scandal

Kenyan warship Jasiri waited ten long years before it was put into service by the Kenyan Navy. Why so long? Why did it take the Kenyan government take so long to look into the 33 million dollar Anglo-Leasing scandal and who is the guilty party.

The Kenyan warship KNS Jasiri

Kenyan Navy Anglo-Leasing Scandal

The Kenyan Navy celebrated its 50th Anniversary on December 15, 2014, at Mtongwe Base, Mombasa Kenya. The US Navy operates a base at the Kenyan island of Manda Bay and has over the years offered counter-terrorism skills training to the Kenyan Navy.

Kenya's largest and most modern warship is the KNS Jasiri. Jasiri means bold in the Kiswahili language. The bold Jasiri warship made a splash as it docked at the Mkunguni Navy yard, concluding a 20-day journey from Spain ending on August 12. 2012.

The bold warship, estimated to cost around $55 million, would be used to secure the country's coastline and may be deployed in sea-based military incursions in neighboring Somalia protecting Kenya’s 310-mile long coastline against pirates.

According to Defense Web, Kenya loses $414 million every year from piracy. The 1,400-ton Jasiri is 278 feet long, 42 feet wide and has a maximum speed of 28 knots (50 km/h) and can carry between 60 - 81 personnel mission is also to fight terrorism such as Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab extremist groups.

The warship Jasiri had a ten-year wait before it was put into service by the KenyanNavy. Why so long? The KNS Jasiri was ordered in July 2003 and was supposed to be delivered in August 2005, but never arrived due to the Kenyan Anglo-Leasing scam.

According to the World Bank Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative, beginning in 1997 the Anglo Leasing and Finance Ltd better known as Anglo Leasing was a shell company who secured 18 contracts worth 33 million dollars.

These contracts were supposed to be used for Procurement of Passport Issuing Equipment and special purpose finance vehicles. The Kenyan battleship Jasiri was originally a part of the Anglo-Leasing scam.

Contractual disputes and lawsuits against the Kenyan Government and contractor Euromarine Industries began after payments were suspended in June 2005.

Under former Presidents Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki seven ex-government officials in Kenya have been charged in connection with the Anglo Leasing multimillion-dollar corruption scandal.

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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