American woman with more sway on Homa Bay and pirates than US

Homa Bay County Governor Cyprian Awiti (second left) talks to Oasis Group International chairperson Amira Ballarin (right) on plans to build low-cost houses for workers and residents of the county on August 1, 2013. PHOTO | JACOB OWITI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The last time she appeared in public in Kenya, Ms Ballarin was meeting Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti and his cabinet, pitching for an ambitious Sh500 billion Agricity project and a Sh3.3 billion road construction plan.
  • Mr Awiti claimed they had done “due diligence” on the company, how it won a Sh3.3 billion tender while its annual turnover was only Sh120 million was intriguing, according to a Homa Bay County transport committee report.

Two weeks ago, the government quietly dissolved a Kenyan-registered company associated with a flamboyant US socialite who once claimed to have more influence among Somali pirates and warlords than the US government.

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