A container delivering goods to Parliament from Chinese government arrived in Nairobi empty prompting investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

The goods which were meant to be gifts from the Asian government tagged ‘diplomatic goods’ arrived in Nairobi on Tuesday, July 30 but after opening the container’s seal, it was empty.

A statement by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Michael Sialai shows the goods were listed as laptops and computer projectors.“Indeed a container arrived at Parliament Square on July 30, 2019, whence I appointed some officers from the National Assembly to confirm the delivery as per the correspondence from the consignee (Chinese Embassy),” said Sialai.

The consignment was to be delivered by a company identified as M/S Bollore Africa Transport & Logistics Ltd through the Chinese Embassy in Kenya which had contracted it.

“Upon opening of the container seals, the container was confirmed to have been empty,” said Sialai.

“Both the agent and our officers brought this matter to my attention and I made a decision that the DCI officers attached to the Parliament Road Police Station be informed of this development, which was done promptly,” he added.

Upon confirmation that the container was empty, the DCI officers are reported to have informed the Chinese Embassy as investigations continue.

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