Oct 23, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Kenyatta remains stoic in face of tax haven exposé

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta made a brave face after the Pandora Papers revealed that his family had offshore accounts and said that only people with unexplained assets should worry about the leaked documents.

< The president, who has been in Barbados for the past few days, has promised to clear the air on the report linking the Kenyatta family - including his mother and two siblings - to 13 offshore accounts when he returns .

The Pandora Papers, published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), show that the accounts were opened between 1999 and 2003, before Kenyatta became president.

The scion of Kenya’s first president Jomo Kenyatta made an unsuccessful application for the presidency as a candidate of the then ruling party Kanu in the 2002 elections.

He lost to Mwai Kibaki in the race to succeed the The country’s longest-serving president, Daniel Arap Moi.

The early years of the Kibaki administration were full of shouting to bring back public funds reportedly being siphoned off from Moi-era corruption cartels in tax havens, the government being that British consultancy has hired Kroll & Associates to track down the loot.

But the Pandora Papers could alter his anti-corruption efforts, which in the past resulted in him calling for lifestyle checks for civil servants and law enforcement agencies for those unleashed in connection with transplant scandals.

In March 2015, the president suspended five cabinet ministers, whose names were mentioned in a report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

Succession Agenda

More recently he has tried to make the fight against corruption part of the succession agenda a crowd in Nairobi in the F This year on his wish not to leave the country to thieves when he retires next year.

He has hinted at an impending confirmation of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as his preferred successor Deputy President William Ruto.

Dr Ruto has previously defended himself in court on corruption charges, including one pertaining to public forest use and another over the expropriation of an internally displaced person’s 100-acre farm after the Violence after the 2007-08 elections.

The Vice President has often attributed the allegations against him to a political conspiracy to tarnish his image and prevent him from becoming President Kenyatta next year.

He rarely talks about corruption issues In his campaign sessions, he preferred populist rhetoric about his mission to get the poor out of the country Eradicate poverty.

It is noteworthy that Dr. Ruto does not yet have to comment publicly on the Pandora Papers and leaves it to his political allies to try his boss.

Mr Odinga has made corruption an important element of his election campaign in the last three presidential elections and is expected to become a major pillar of his manifesto for 2022.

But the Pandora Papers are proving to be an uncomfortable subject for the former Prime Minister due to his collaboration with President Kenyatta.

On Wednesday Mr Odinga said in a radio interview that although he does not have any offshore accounts himself, he does not think it is wrong for executives to invest their money there as long as they can declare the wealth.