Kenyan politicians chasing for votes across the country are struggling to prove to citizens that they are not crooks with hidden wealth outside Kenya.
The Pandora Papers is a leak of almost 12 million documents and files exposing the secret wealth and dealings of world leaders, politicians. This investigation is the world’s largest-ever journalistic collaboration, involving more than 600 journalists from 150 media.
Raila Odinga, Kenya’s former Prime Minister, has denied that he has offshore accounts. However, he said there was no problem with Kenyans opening offshore accounts as long as they are not used to siphon state resources or execute corruption schemes.
“I have no offshore accounts. All my wealth is within the country. I am playing locally,” Odinga said.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family has been exposed by this Pandora Papers Investigation. Kenyatta and six members of his family have been linked to ownership of 13 offshore companies for decades.
The reports said the Kenyattas, including the President’s mother, sisters and brother, have been “shielding” wealth from public scrutiny through foundations and companies in tax havens, including Panama.
President Uhuru is currently backing Odinga for the forthcoming Presidential elections in 2022.