Two top managers of China Civil Engineering, which is one of the biggest Chinese construction companies operating in Botswana, were caught red handed last night by secret agents as they allegedly bribed the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, Carter Morupisi, with a cash sum of P25O 000.
The two accused persons, both Chinese nationals, Xiaming Wang, 49, who is the General Manager, and Xiaoxiang Qui, 52, a managing director, appeared briefly before the Gaborone Village chief magistrate this morning (Thursday).
The magistrate had to adjourn this morning’s hearing until the afternoon because there was no Chinese interpreter.
The charge sheet states that the two accused person were on the 29th of this month (last night), attempted to directly influence the Permanent Secretary in respect of the duties of his office by giving him a sum of P250 000 so that he could assist them to complete a government construction project at Shakawe Senior Secondary School in the North West District. The project has defects and does not meet construction standards.
The case continues this afternoon.