A FEMALE Chinese national is alleged to have offered sex and money to chairman of Lusaka’s Shimabala farming community Masiye Banda to influence other members of the community to support an illegal quarry mining company in the area, the Lusaka magistrate court heard yesterday.
Mr Banda told Magistrate Irene Wishimanga that Cherry Xu proposed to sleep with him after she and other Chinese nationals pleaded with him to influence the Shimabala community to support the setting up of Tianyu Mining Company Limited.
Other Chinese nationals are He Xian Ren, Xin Fan and Yin Bai Zheng.
This is in the matter in which the four Chinese national are charged with offering a bribe to Mr Banda, a farmer of Shimabala.
It is alleged that Cherry Xu, He Xian Ren, Xin Fan and Yin Bai Zheng between January 7, and January 10, 2015 while acting together with other persons unknown corruptly gave K100, 000 cash gratification to Mr Banda to influence the residents of Shimabala to allow Tianyu Mining Zambia Limited, to prospect and carry out quarrying activities.
The company was not registered by the Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA) and there was no environmental impact assessment conducted by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) which ultimately declared it operating illegally.
Mr Banda said the community in Shimabala were not happy with schemes the Chinese nationals were employing to get the mining company accepted by them.
The four Chinese nationals had earlier offered Mr Banda huge quantities of assorted groceries.
Mr Banda said when he admonished the four Chinese nationals through a letter, Cherry invited him to Levy Shopping Mall but he refused and instead he proposed that they could meet at Makeni Mall later that evening.
He said when they met, Sherry repeated the plea for support to influence the community to allow the quarry mining project.
When Mr Banda refused to support the project Cherry allegedly offered to sleep with him and asked whether he had even ‘tasted’ a Chinese woman.
“When we met at Makeni Mall, Sherry repeated the same story of support to influence the community to allow the project, but I said no. Then she asked for a lift from me. As I was driving towards her residence, she asked if I have ever tasted a Chinese woman,” he said.
Mr Banda said his reply was that he had no intentions of ‘‘going’’ beyond my African woman.
He said after he rejected sexual favours from her, Sherry asked him if he could accept the money the company would offer him.
Mr Banda said he pretended to be agreeable with the offer of money and asked Cherry how much the company could give him.
“Cherry told me the company can give me K100, 000 if I agreed to influence the people of Shimabala to support the project. After consensus, it was agreed that I would receive the money at 22:00 hours at Makeni Mall,” he said.
Mr Banda said he later alerted officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) about the anticipated bribe.
He said he also informed his neighbour, Mwase Lungu, about the bribe and advised him to accompany him to Makeni Mall at 22:00 hours.
He said the Chinese told him that he could use the money in any way he wanted although his work was to influence the community to support the project.
Mr Banda said it was at that point that ACC officers rounded them up and ordered them not to move.