Pandora Papers, Why EACC Has Not Taken Action
By Caroline Tsumah
“The Pandora papers is not evidence of crime. It just shows that the president has a lot of money and having a lot of money is not a crime.” Said Philip Kagucia, Head Corporate Communication at the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC).
He said this to journalists at a workshop held by Transparency International – Kenya, Tax Justice Network Africa and EACC, at Pride Inn Hotel Shanzu, Mombasa county.
Philip Mutio of Transparency International, refused to speak further about the matter, insisting the response could stir up tension amidst these politically heated times.
“We know we can hold him accountable, but we are still waiting for the president’s comprehensive response. Also, the Pandora Papers do not necessarily mean the president is guilty or not guilty of a corruption crime.” Said Mutio.
Kenyans have been waiting for the president’s comprehensive response, which he promised to give immediately he landed home from a state visit to America. It has now been three months of waiting.
“My attention has been drawn to comments surrounding the Pandora Papers. I will respond comprehensively upon my return from my state visit to the America.” Said President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The president added that, “These reports will go a long way in enhancing the financial transparency and openness that we require in Kenya and around the globe.”
President Kenyatta hit news headlines on October 3, 2021 after he and six other members of his family were allegedly linked to 13 offshore companies.
The information was contained in a collection of leaked financial documents uncovered through an investigation published by The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), Finance Uncovered and Africa Uncensored.
The data leak included 12 million files, and was famously dubbed, the Pandora Papers. It still is the biggest financial data leak in history.