Africa Energy Intelligence N¬∞ 349
July 2, 2003
On the heels of Canada’s Acres International – which has lodged an appeal – the German consultancy Lahmeyer International has been found guilty of paying a bribe worth nearly $755,000 to Masupha Sole, former head of the Lesotho Highland Water Project (LHWP), a dam costing an estimated $8 million. Like Acres, Lahmeyer is highly active on the continent – it recently supervised the invitation to tender for the Merowe dam in Sudan – and the verdict could prevent it from taking part in several bidding rounds. And again like Acres, Lahmeyer regularly works on a sub-contracting basis for the World Bank and its special relationship with the institution could be jeopardized by the court’s ruling. At present, Lahmeyer is working for the Bank in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. That represents $6.7 million worth of contracts for the company in Africa alone.