China Jiangsu International has been found to be involved in ‘massive’ corrupt practices says a minisrty communiqué released this week and warning government departments not to engage the company in their projects.
The communiqué signed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, Cornelius Dekop and bearing February 13th 2019 date was issued to all Chief Executive Officers under the ministry. These include Debswana Diamond Company, Okavango Diamond Company, Botswana Oil Limited, Botswana Power Corporation, Botswana Geo-Science Institute and Morupule Coal Mine. The chief executives are told in no ambiguous terms not to engage the company. China Jiangsu International Botswana is currently working on several projects including the construction of the Police Forensic Science Laboratory at the tune of almost P270 million.
Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development, Vincent Seretse confirmed to Botswana Guardian that his Permanent Secretary, Dikagiso Mokotedi, has also made him aware of the latest developments regarding the Chinese company. Seretse stated that this statement forms the position of government and not only the selected entities.
“PSs being technical operators would be the ones with the details of such an issue,” he said in an interview Wednesday evening. He however, stated that the ongoing project under his ministry is nearing completion and there are contractual obligations binding them to continue. Seretse also maintained his satisfaction with the work that China Jiangsu International is currently doing.
“There has been monitoring and we are happy with the progress, and the workmanship. The allegations do not translate to poor work,” Seretse said. Just recently media reports stated that the Directorate of Intelligence and Security Service (DIS) had stopped a P900 million tender to China Jiangsu International Botswana after it emerged that a former cabinet minister was to receive a P30 million bribe for the tender.
The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) was later instructed to cancel the tender it awarded to the Chinese company after it uncovered the illegal deal.