The Kenyan Government has come out strongly to repudiate claims that it had paid over Ksh 6 million to be marketed on the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa tower, in Dubai.
Government Spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said that the flag was displayed as an act of friendship.
This comes after there was an uproar by Kenyans online after Opera News published an article revealing details on the cost of putting up an advertisement on Burj Khalifa Tower.
— CapitalFM Breaking News (@BreakingNewsKE) December 13, 2019
Speaking to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday morning, the person in charge of communications noted that the institution was not aware of the gesture.
According to the government official who sorted anonymity, such a commercial deal is handled by the country’s representatives in the Arab country.
In addition, he commented that the ministry learnt of the animation from social media.
Brand Kenya, which is a government agency, when questioned by a netizen, cheekily responded to the matter leaving the Twitter user in a limbo.
The netizen identified as Antony Alexandria Irungu questioned, “Was it free or who paid for the cost because research is showing that it costs Ksh.6.8 million (Dhs 250,000) for a single three-minute display? Thank you.”
The government agency replied, “Well that’s the power of a good brand and Kenya is indeed a good brand. Chema chajiuza… Thank you.”
Upon insisting that the question was not answered, Standard Group journalist Ciku Muiruri stepped in and saved the day.
Was it free or who paid for the cost because research is showing that it costs Ksh.6.8 million (Dhs 250,000) for a single three minute display? Thank you.
— Antony Alexanderia Irungu 🇰🇪 (@TonyAlexIrungu) December 12, 2019