A Chinese company has confirmed having donated nine vehicles to State House under former president Rupiah Banda.
Banda was arrested on Monday and charged with concealment of gratification involving nine light trucks valued at K471 million.
Sogecoa Zambia Limited, a Chinese company, disclosed yesterday that State House asked to be given nine second-hand light trucks in 2011.
Sogecoa director Li Ren Fu who spoke through an interpreter was reacting to allegations by the Government Joint Investigative Team that Banda received nine light trucks from their company as a personal gratification and later concealed the receipts.
He said as far as the donation of the said trucks was concerned, it was an expression of goodwill and that all its deeds in Zambia could withstand juristic investigations if required.
"Yes, it is true that Segecoa donated 9 (nine) light trucks to the Zambian government in 2011. Such donation was asked by State House of Zambia, and Segecoa handed them over to the State House directly but not to any individual," Li said.
He said Sogecoa is a subsidiary of Chinese owned Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (AFECC) Group in Zambia that undertakes legal business "based on the goodwill of pre-hearted cooperation".
Li said AFECC has establishments across the world and had set up its subsidiaries in different countries.
He said it was sad that the company's goodwill had been contorted.
"All projects awarded to us are by proper means of public bidding. No secret acts can be acceptable," Li said.
He said the Chinese were confident of more transparent trade and investment with Zambia as enjoyed over the past years.
"The project of the Levy Mwanawasa Sports Stadium in Ndola was discussed and decided by His Excellency, Mr Levy Mwanawasa, the former President of the Republic of Zambia and his Excellency Hu Jintao, the former president of the People's Republic of China and then awarded to Anhui Foreign Economic Construction (Group) Co. Ltd (AFECC in short) by the Chinese government as a governmental-aided project after legal procedure of public bidding in China," Li said.
He reminded Zambians that Segecoa also got the swimming pool project at the Olympic Centre in Lusaka and completed it within 90 days with good quality, works which were highly praised by the ministries of sports and works and supply of the Zambian government.
Segocoa has also invested in a 5-star hotel, the Golden Peacock, in Lusaka in order to contribute to local employment and the economy, Li said.
"Our company bought three private jets already because we have full confidence in our investments in Zambia," said Li.
GJIT spokesperson Namukolo Kasumpa told journalists yesterday that Banda had been arrested for concealing gratification contrary to section 36 of the Anti Corruption Act No 38 of 2010.
"Particulars of the offence are that Mr Banda, on dates unknown but between January 1,2011 and August 30, 2011 received nine motor vehicles all valued at K471 million, which property was obtained as gratification from Sogecoa Zambia Limited, a subsidiary of Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Company. The company was contracted to construct Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, and Mr Banda concealed the receipt of the said motor vehicles by having them registered in the names of other people connected to him," said Kasumpa on Monday.