Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge is smiling all the way to the bank and was a few days ago in China to shop after receiving huge bribes from China Copper mines for scandalising their competitors.
Recently, Musenge made headlines when he claimed that the owners of Tikumbe Mine wanted to take over China Copper Mines. But the truth is finally trickling in that Musenge is a ‘silent’ partner in China Copper Mines and is receiving huge sums of money to use his influence on behalf of his friends.
From 8th to 15th this month, Musenge and Managing Director of China Copper Mine Yu Wang Ping were in China to shop and play, all expenses paid for by China Copper Mines. So how can Musenge be neutral in this misunderstanding?
And the Watchdog has established that Yu Wang Ping also owns Datong, another company that has multi-million contracts with government.
According to sources at China Copper Mine, ‘Musenge has ‘eaten’ lots of money from China Copper Mines which the MD Yu Wang Ping of China Copper Mines was even bragging about after one of the Court Sessions in Kitwe in front of Lawyers and other people’.
Musenge is also said to be involved in land scandals on the Copperbelt (details later).
Sources at the mine say it is embarrassing to see how a minister has been reduced to becoming the spokesperson of the private company just because he receives bribes.
And information has emerged that Yu Wang Ping, the Managing Director of China Copper Mines also the majority shareholder of Datong, a company also involved in acquiring government contracts.
Ping owns Datong with Fei Ya Yu, Wu Lihua, and Zheng Xiong Yu. According to documents at the Patens and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), Datong owes Standard Chartered Bank K22, 266, 360.00 through a mortgage, it obtained in December 2012.But if Yu Wang Ping has money to waste on bribing ministers, why can’t he pay the loan he has with the bank?