The British arms giant BAE (formerly British Aerospace) yesterday finally admitted guilt over a series of corrupt arms deals. The Guardian, which uncovered much of the dirt, has the full story here.
One of the deals was the sale of a £28m military radar system for Tanzania. British ministers Clare Short and Robin Cook both tried to stop prevent it, but Tony Blair pushed it through.
Short, then the UK’s International Development Secretary, summed it up nicely:
“It was an obviously corrupt project. Tanzania didn’t need a new military air traffic control, it was out-of-date technology, they didn’t have any military aircraft – they needed a civilian air traffic control system and there was a modern, much cheaper one. Everyone talks about good governance in Africa as though it is an African problem, and often the roots of the ‘badness’ is companies in Europe.”