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World Bank sanctions Oxford University Press over corrupt deals

Primary school headteachers peruse textbooks at the Oxford University Press stand at Sheikh Khalifa Children's Centre in Mombasa on July 24, 2011. OUP's subsidiaries in Kenya and Tanzania have been locked out of World Bank-funded contracts for three years for bribing government officials to win deals. Photo/File
Primary school headteachers peruse textbooks at the Oxford University Press stand at Sheikh Khalifa Children's Centre in Mombasa on July 24, 2011. OUP's subsidiaries in Kenya and Tanzania have been locked out of World Bank-funded contracts for three years for bribing government officials to win deals. Photo/File 

Oxford University Press subsidiaries in Kenya and Tanzania have been locked out of World Bank-funded contracts for three years for bribing government officials to win deals.

A statement from World Bank’s headquarters said the parent company of the subsidiaries will pay it $500,000 (Sh42 million) as part of the settlement.

“This debarment is testimony to the Bank’s continued commitment to protecting the integrity of its projects,” said Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President.

The action means that Oxford University Press Tanzania Limited and Oxford University Press East Africa –which operates in Kenya—will also be locked out of education projects funded by other multilateral development banks (MDBs).

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