Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a statement on the Pandora Papers leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in Washington.
The President says the reports will enhance the financial transparency and openness required in the country and globally.
“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,” the statement released Monday afternoon by the President’s spokesperson Kanze Dena Mararo reads.
The President is in Ethiopia attending the swearing-in of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali.
The vast trove of documents referred to as the Pandora Papers, name President Kenyatta and members of his family among dozen world leaders as secretly owning a network of offshore companies.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a Washington, D.C.-based network of reporters and media organizations, said the files are linked to about 35 current and former national leaders, and more than 330 politicians and public officials in 91 countries and territories.
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