British Envoy Nic Hailey Turns Down a Parastatal’s Gift Terming it ‘Promotion of Corruption’

British High Commissioner Nic Hailey rejected a gift presented to him from Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) terming it promotion of corruption.

Amb Hailey was on tour in Malindi viewing the KIE projects with a delegation from the British government when he noticed a leather belt that caught his fancy.

He asked about the availability of such belts in Nairobi and he was told they can be found at the Village Market in Nairobi.

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In response, KIE company MD Parman ole Narikae offered to present the leather products to Hailey as a gift but the high commissioner rejected.

“I don’t like free things, that would be promoting corruption,” Nic quipped.

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The high commissioner had previously signed an MoU with Kilifi county government to set up a Sustainable Urban Economic Development programme in Malindi worth Ksh720 million.

The British government pledged to provide Ksh7.2 billion to set up urban programs in 10 municipalities.

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