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Zambian terminates $210 million ZTE contract over corruption allegations

Michael Malakata | Sept. 12, 2013
Move follows similar instances of cancelled contracts involving Chinese companies in Africa.

The Ugandan government also blocked a $74 million loan in 2011 from the Import and Export Bank of China (EXIM) that was meant for a digital migration project. The government made the move in order to check on alleged procurement flaws and overpricing by Huawei. Separately, controversy arose in the country over a tender to lay fiber-optic cable for a national transmission backbone infrastructure project. The national backbone and e-governance infrastructure was a $106 million project, funded by a loan from EXIM Bank of China. The project was halted over controversy involving allegations of inflated cost and the use of incorrect cabling.

In Kenya, opposition lawmakers accused the government in 2011 of flouting tender procedures when it awarded Pan African Network Group of China a tender for the country's digital TV signal distribution.


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