Armenians involved in political scandal in Kenya

Artur Sargsian and Artur Margarian, whom the international media and the Kenyan press present as brothers, found themselves in the center of a political scandal that broke in Kenya this week. According to Radio Liberty, Reyla Odinga – one of the leaders of the Kenyan opposition – accused the Armenian brothers of acting as hirelings of the Kenyan authorities for attacking the media. Both Sargsian and Margarian denied the accusations.

They convened a press conference early this week at the airport of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and stated: “We are not hirelings, but even if we were, your government would not have enough money to hire us.” The brothers also claimed that they are relatives of the Armenian President Robert Kocharian.

Artur Sargsian said that he is a candidate for the post of the Republic of Armenia president, and that he runs a gold and precios stone business in Asia
and Africa.

According to the German DPA agency, Artur Sargsian also claimed that the opposition leader Odinga has borrowed one and a half million dollars from him, so that the opposition can pass a vote of non-confidence to the government of the Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki in the parliament.

The mysterious story of the two Armenian brothers received extensive coverage in the Kenyan press.

Source: Noyan Tapan – Armenians Today, 15 March 2006