Microsoft accused of corruption in Africa

Microsoft, accused by a former employee of paying bribes in Africa and the Middle East, said on Saturday it had already investigated the allegations and fired several employees as a result. A former Microsoft employee accused the tech giant of corruption in The Wall Street Journal, and in an essay published Friday on the Lioness site, which publishes whistleblower stories.

The employee says he was fired after working for Microsoft from 1998 to 2018 in Africa, where he says he saw company employees involved in corrupt practices in several countries in the region. He said the practices include using local partner companies to help sell Microsoft products.

Asked about the allegations, a Microsoft executive said on Saturday: “We believe we have already investigated and responded to these allegations, which date back several years. We have cooperated with government agencies to resolve any issues.”Becky Lenaburg, vice president and assistant general counsel for compliance and ethics at Microsoft, told AFP.

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