High-flying agent pushed up the cost of ‘chicken’

What you need to know:

  • Mr Smith is a director of Smith & Ouzman which, prosecutors say, paid bribes to officials of the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) and the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) to get lucrative printing tenders.
  • The prosecution has alleged that Mr Christopher Smith, his son Mr Nicholas Smith and their company, Smith & Ouzman Limited, together with a Kenyan identified as Trevy James Oyombra, corruptly agreed to make payments to officials employed at the IIEC as an inducement or reward for the award of contracts to print election materials.
  • Mr Smith told the court that family businesses — like Smith & Ouzman — were popular in Africa. He claimed that culturally, Africans preferred family businesses because they could be trusted and for this reason, Smith & Ouzman had an edge over its competitors.

A British printer paid a Kenyan agent huge amounts of money in commission because the agent was an important man in the country, he has claimed in court.

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