A USA based company has complained of corruption at the Ministry of Energy regarding a proposed 15 MW power plant in Mpulungu district.
Water Wheel International (WWI), a Texas corporation, says it has refused to ‘engage in any pay-to push (corrupt/bribery) schemes/practices and has therefore encountered serious roadblocks by Energy officials meant to hijack the project.’
The proposed Iyendwe Valley Hydro Power site is located in Mpulungu District and is currently at feasibility stage and will potentially cost $50 to $100 million to develop/implement, with no participation/cost requested from Zambian public funds.
‘The project earmarked to be funded (both the feasibility study and implementation) through US private and public entities, reads a statement issued by the Company’s board of directors.
A complaint letter has been submitted to the Minister of Energy, stakeholders both in Zambia and the US but so far no response from the Zambian officials.
See the full statement here WWI MEDIA STATEMENT 2013-05-31 Iyendwe Valley HPP