Last night, Kenyan television station NTV broadcast an interview with the UK High Commissioner, Nic Hailey, conducted by Larry Madowo.
During the interview, Mr Hailey was asked about the recent protests, some of which turned violent, led by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) June 16, 2016
The UK envoy told Madowo that the violence was a concern to the international friends of Kenya, and that he wanted to see CORD and Jubilee work together to reach agreement on the IEBC issue.
“People have aright to demonstrate but the situation in Kenya is getting out of hand quickly.” – Nic Hailey
Mr Hailey was also asked about the ‘chickengate’ scandal in which Ithe UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) alleged electoral and examination officials had received more than Ksh50 million in bribes to award contracts to UK printing firm Smith & Ouzman.
In December 2014, Smith & Ouzman Ltd and two employees were convicted following a Serious Fraud Office investigation into corrupt payments made for the award of business contracts to the company.
Subsequently, the sales and marketing director of the firm, Nicholas Smith, and his father Christopher Smith, the chairman of the company, both received jail sentences of 3 years and 18 months respectively.
While he rightly wouldn’t comment on an ongoing investigation, Mr Hailey did say in relation to the fines imposed in the UK, that the High Commission was close to returning the money collected in fines to Kenya, so it could be used “for the benefit of the Kenyan people”. He added that he hoped this would happen within the next few months.
Later, Larry Madowo rejoined the High Commissioner and other guests at Mr Hailey’s Nairobi residence for the celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.