Mwanza Chinese businessman arrested for alleged bribery

07Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Mwanza Chinese businessman arrested for alleged bribery

​​​​​​​THE Prevention and Combating of Corruption (PCCB) in Mwanza Region are holding a Chinese man for allegedly bribing a local government leader.

Daudi Ndyamukama.

Deputy head of PCCB in  Mwanza Region, Daudi Ndyamukama said in a statement yesterday that Sheng Bing Lin (40) who runs a betting business is in custody after allegedly being caught giving 100,000/- to a Ward Executive Officer (WEO)

Ndyamukama said the Chinese nabbed while handing over the money to WEO of Califorrnia in Nyegezi area whose name is withheld. He said the Chinese offered the money to the local government official as an inducement so that his betting machine that was being held by authorities could be released.   

“The suspect’s machine was impounded early last month for operating withouta  licence, operating outside the official time and allowing children below the age of 18 to bet,” he said.

The PCCB official said instead of following legal means to regain possession of his machine, the foreigner resorted to shortcut by offering the WEO cash inducement contrary to section 15 (1) (b) Act number 11 of 2007.

The officer added that after being impounded by authorities at California area, the machine was kept at Nyegezi police station and the suspect received several invitations to avail himself and record a statement which he did not honour. Instead, he reached out to the WEO with a request to help him retrieve the machine promising to give him 100,000/-.

“We set the trap on June 2, 2020 and the suspect was arrested while handing over 100,000/- to the government official at a hotel located in Kurumba area within Mwanza city,” the PCCB official said.

Ndyamukama added that Sheng is well known for running betting businesses within Mwanza city and even in towns and villages in the region.

He said the investigation was complete and the suspect was scheduled to appear in court yesterday.

Ndyamukama commended the WEO for reaching out to PCCB instead of pocketing the money as other corrupt officials would have done. He said for corruption busters and other law enforcers to succeed, cooperation from law-abiding citizens is crucial.