A K100,000 bribe was offered by a Chinese businessman to the chairman of Shimabala farming community to win his support and influence for a quarry to be located in the area an investigations officer from the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has told the Lusaka Magistrate.
Mr Alpha Ponde of Lusaka’s Libala Township testified before Magistrate that the money was meant to corrupt Mr Masiye Banda so that he could influence the Shimabala community to accept a quarry.
He said the incident happened around mid-night at a restaurant at Makeni Shopping Mall where most of the shops had already been closed by then.
This is in the matter in which four Chinese national are charged with offering a bribe to Mr Banda, a farmer of Shimabala.
The Chinese nationals are Cherry Xu, He Xian Ren, Xin Fan and Yin Bai Zheng.
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 people 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.
When the matter came up for continued trial before resident magistrate Irene Wishimanga on Friday, Mr Ponde said as the corrupt activity was going on, the other two Chinese nationals who remained in the car concentrated on scanning the place where their two colleagues were with Mr Banda.
He said it was clear that the Chinese nationals who remain in the car were part of the corrupt activity that was going on at the restaurant and that they handed the money to another man who took it to Cherry.