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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson hands over ‘Smith&Ouzman’ ambulances to Uhuru

President Uhuru Kenyatta with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during a test-drive on one of the seven ambulances bought through proceeds of the Smith&Ouzman case, State House, Nairobi, March 17, 2017. /PSCU
Visiting UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson handed over seven ambulances bought through the proceeds of the Smith and Ouzman case to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

At least Sh52 million was recovered from British printer after its directors were jailed for bribing IEBC and KNEC officials to award them the tender for printing ballot papers and examination materials respectively.

This was when the Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Secretary paid Uhuru a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

Smith & Ouzman specialises in the printing of security documents such as certificates and ballot papers; and were found guilty of parting with £400,000 in bribes to the Kenyan officials.

The company’s chairman Christopher Smith and sales and marketing director Nicholas Smith were jailed following a trial at Southwark Crown Court, London.

President Kenyatta and the British Foreign Secretary discussed promotion of industry and manufacturing.

They also exchanged views on the strengthening of trade between Kenya and Britain as well as with the rest of the Commonwealth countries.

They reviewed the security situation in the region, focusing on the African Union deployment in Somalia under Amisom, the situation in South Sudan, as well as Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The President hailed the existing bilateral relations between Kenya and Britain, saying the visit by the Foreign Secretary was proof of the close cooperation between the two countries.

The British Foreign Secretary – who had earlier held bilateral talks with his Kenyan counterpart Amina Mohamed and addressed the press.

Repatriation of proceeds of economic crimes is a key plank of the two governments commitment to fighting corruption.

The British government had promised to commit to social development projects in Kenya the money recovered from the printing company whose officials were convicted of paying out bribes to Kenyan electoral and examinations officials.

Johnson was accompanied by the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed and other senior Government officials also attended the meeting at State House.


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