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Uhuru welcomes Pandora leaks; says such disclosures enhance financial accountability

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the launch of Lamu port. image/courtesy

President Uhuru Kenyatta has responded to the ongoing media coverage of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ) Pandora Papers that linked his family with offshore accounts worth about Ksh3.3 billion.

In a statement, the president said the audit “will lift that veil of secrecy and darkness for those who can not explain their assets or wealth.”

He says that while he will issue a comprehensive statement on the same, he acknowledges that such reports are what a country like Kenya and any other in the world needs in order to foster financial transparency and accountability.

The statement sent via the government spokesperson’s office insinuates that the president is committed to seeing a corruption-free nation where citizens don’t give room for illicit funds, proceeds of crime, and corruption.

“My attention has been drawn to comments surrounding the Pandora Papers. Whilst I will respond comprehensively on my return from my State Visit to the Americas, let me say this:

“That these reports will go a long way in enhancing the financial transparency and openness that we require in Kenya and around the globe. The movement of illicit funds, proceeds of crime, and corruption thrive in an environment of secrecy and darkness.

“The Pandora Papers and subsequent follow-up audits will lift that veil of secrecy and darkness for those who can not explain their assets or wealth. Thank you,” his statement read in part.