If you had thought bribery was an African trait, then think again!
Investigators of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kenya have proved to the world that just because a man’s skin is black doesn’t mean he is corrupt, and just because the other is not African does not mean he is a saint.
Three top Chinese railway workers in Kenya have appeared before the Mombasa court after they were arrested for trying to bribe investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who are currently working on a ticketing scandal case at the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Terminus.
In a report by the Kenyan Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), the three Chinese nationals who are staff of the China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC), attempted to bribe the investigators with Kshs 500,000 (about US $5,000) in order to influence the outcome of the ongoing criminal investigation at the railway station.
The three Chinese nationals are Li Gen, in-charge of Transport, Li Xiaowu, Security Manager, and Sun Xin, a top member of staff. They appeared before a judge on bribery charges and were later remanded in police custody until their bail hearing which comes up on Friday, November 30.
In a tweet by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, the ODPP informed the public of the current situation saying:
2/3 The three, Mr. Li Gen the in-charge of Transport, Mr. Li Xiaowu-security manager and Mr. Sun Xin-staff, were offering @DCI_Kenya investigators bribe of Kshs 500,000/= as an inducement to influence an ongoing criminal investigation at the SGR Miritini terminus. cc @EACCKenya pic.twitter.com/xZ3DLr0phf
— ODPP_KE (@ODPP_KE) November 25, 2018
The investigations are as a result of a multi-million-shilling ticketing scam at the $3.8 billion Standard Gauge Railway which was funded by China.
In a report by the Daily Nation, the Chinese nationals were involved in a scam where they created refunds for tickets and diverted the refunded monies into a separate account.
The report claims that those involved in the scam earned about Kshs 1 million (almost $10, 000) daily.
Three Kenyan employees of the China Roads and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) were also arrested in connection with the scam activities.
The China Roads and Bridges Corporation has been managing the Standard Gauge Railway for ten years.
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