My name was not on Pandora papers - Uhuru

Says he has also not been mentioned in any illegality in the Pandora papers.

In Summary

•"First and foremost my name is not there. Secondly, there has been no mention of any illegality or wrong doing on part," Uhuru said.

•Says he has also not been mentioned in any illegality in the Pandora papers.

President Uhuru Kenyatta. Image: PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta. Image: PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta has once again responded on the Pandora Papers expose saying his name was never mentioned.

The President while speaking during the UN Security Council debate on Tuesday in New York, said he has also not been mentioned in any illegality in the same.

"First and foremost my name is not there. Secondly, there has been no mention of any illegality or wrong doing on part," Uhuru said.

Uhuru Kenyatta whose family's prodigious offshore wealth was exposed by a consortium of investigative journalists has since said he has nothing to hide. 

He has insisted to respond “comprehensively” on his return.

In his previous response, the President neither denied nor discredited the leakage, saying such reports will enhance financial transparency in Kenya and worldwide.

"The Pandora Papers and subsequent follow-up audits will lift that veil of secrecy and darkness for those who cannot explain their assets or wealth," Uhuru said in a brief statement on the eve of his visit to the United States.

It is not illegal to have offshore accounts.

Kenyatta and six members of his family have been linked to ownership of 13 offshore companies for decades, the journalists' consortium said.

"The movement of illicit funds, proceeds of crime and corruption thrives in an environment of secrecy and darkness," the President said.

The head of state said the leaked financial dealings will only give trouble to those unable to explain their wealth.

The President responded hours after an exhaustive report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) exposed details of how his family owns billions in offshore investments. 

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.

The huge leak of financial documents shone the spotlight on the Kenyatta family’s hidden assets that have accumulated over the decades. 

There's no reliable estimate of the family's net worth but its vast business interests span transport, insurance, hotels, farming, land ownership and the media industry in Kenya.