A Chinese infrastructure firm operating in Sudan has been reportedly earning millions of dollars through questionable means.
Asian News International (ANI) reported that the Chinese company in Sudan involved in the corruption case, Fu Hong Constructions, is owned by a Chinese couple with ties to ousted president Omar al-Bashir.
ANI quoted a Hong Kong Post report which stated that the Chinese company has been able to enjoy “millions of dollars through inflating the cost of projects and paying kickbacks as quid pro quo.”
“The kickbacks were channeled to some prominent leaders of the previous regime including the deposed president and his deputy,” the report added.
ANI reported that the company had been raided twice by a “graft committee” in both Dec 2020 and March 2021 and managed to recover gold and around 138,000 USD, and that the committee had demanded 4,000,000 USD to drop the case.
“All these attempts were kept secret both by the company and the raiding party.”
Sudan has had a long history of dealing with China, particularly during al-Bashir’s three-decade reign.
In 2018, the Sudanese government – then led by now-deposed president Omar al-Bashir – granted China millions of agricultural land to be utilized for long years to come for free.
Al-Bashir granted China vast arable land in exchange of relieving debts owed to it by Khartoum.