February 20, 2002
A Canadian firm of contractors, Acres International, has been charged with two counts of bribery in the Lesotho High Court in connection with the two-nation Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The prosecution team says evidence will be led that Acres International paid bribes worth millions of US dollars to intermediaries who transferred the money to the Swiss bank account of the former chief executive of the Lesotho Highlands Authority, Masupha Sole.
It is alleged that the two intermediaries are the late Zalisiwonga Bam and his wife Margaret.
The Lesotho court will be asked to draw the conclusion that the payment of money to Sole by Acres International, was intended as a bribe.