To enliven Kenya's official anti-corruption campaign comes the bizarre saga of the cellular telephone licences. The licence to operate a second cellular system was awarded last month to a consortium led by Vivendi, an ambitious French sewerage contractor, and Kenya's Sameer Investments. The Vivendi-Sameer consortium bid just US$55 million for its licence. Two competitors submitted bids, for $94 mn. and $120 mn. On the face of it, that cost the Treasury about $50 mn. The all-powerful Trade and Industry Minister, Nicholas Biwott, who has taken a very close interest in the matter describes the award as 'good for Kenya'.
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