(May 1, 2004) Kenya is known as the "country of bribes." Yet multinational corporations are often implicated. Courts in Lesotho convicted two western companies of bribing their way into contracts for a dam construction project. An extract from Fifty Facts That Should Change the World (Icon Books)
Lesotho – Court Documents Appeal Judgment – Crown v. Lahmeyer International GmbH The full judgment pertaining to the Lesotho Court of Appeals decision to uphold the conviction of Lahmeyer International on several […]
(April 18, 2004) If Masupha Sole had worked for Pretoria rather than Maseru, would he have ended up in court? Would he now be in jail?
(April 13, 2004) The World Bank’s sanctions committee will re-examine evidence relating to Lahmeyer International after the Lesotho Court of Appeals upheld the firm’s bribery conviction.
(March 29, 2004) The Canadian engineering company convicted of bribing the former chief executive of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, seems to be intent on wriggling out of paying a R13 million fine imposed on it for its crimes in the mountain kingdom.
(March 21, 2004) Acres International has snubbed the impoverished kingdom of Lesotho by not paying a R13 million fine after being convicted of corruption and bribery.
(March 19, 2004) If Acres is debarred, it will send a powerful signal to the world’s big construction companies, which rely heavily on the World Bank and other international financial institutions for support.
(March 18, 2004) Foreign companies were the prime movers in the corruption of Lesotho officials in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, President Mbeki said this week.
(March 18, 2004) Southern African kingdom faces enormous costs for litigation against companies that bribed officials to win water project deals.
(March 17, 2004) This week has seen the opening of a £5 billion multinational dam project in tiny Lesotho, in southern Africa, that has already become more famous for exposing bribery than delivering water.
(March 17, 2004) Lesotho yesterday officially opened Africa’s largest dam and water project – a stunning $8 billion (R53.2 billion) scheme that has involved the impoverished kingdom in fighting and winning unprecedented battles against corporate graft.
(March 16, 2004) The project has drawn attention to the corrupt practices of some Western companies working in Africa.
(March 16, 2004) President Thabo Mbeki has heaped praises on the Lesotho government on the way it has dealt with malpractices at the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, saying the action ensured increased investor confidence in future projects.
(March 16, 2004) Acres International Ltd., already convicted in an African bribery case, could be barred from World Bank-financed projects for corruption, the bank confirmed yesterday. It would be the first major international engineering firm to suffer that shame.
(March 15, 2004) Barrister Fiona Darroch provides an overview of the landmark Lesotho Highlands Water Project corruption trials and addresses some of the wider implications for the international community.