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Kenyan media accused of pandora paper leak coverup

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Cyprian Nyakundi, a self-proclaimed chief investigative blogger has accused the Kenyan media and journalists of “working for GoK” with claims that they “lie that offshore accounts are beneficial to society in defense of Uhuru”.

In a series of tweets, the blogger has posted “millions were released yesterday to all media houses to neutralize the #PandoraPapers.”

He further says, “The constitution says a state officer cannot have an offshore account but a Githeri journalist wants to convince you otherwise. Kenyans are wise though!!”

“KE journalists refrain from asking hard questions because they only want jobs with the despotic Kenyatta regime, added Nyakundi.

Client 13173

Kenyan on social media discussed the revelations were all trending, including the term “client #13173” — referring to the code the Panama law firm Alcogal apparently used in reference to the Kenyatta’s while transacting with Swiss advisers.

The corruption of Kenya’s ruling classes has long been discussed in the country, but the revelations from the investigative series gave more evidence about the massive sums of money hidden away by the country’s mega-rich while most people in this East African nation are locked in poverty.

Patrick Gathara, a Kenyan writer and political cartoonist tweeted a thread that termed the money stashed abroad by the Kenyatta’s as “just the tip of the iceberg” and that “the entire political class,” including those vying in coming elections, had already been implicated in the “looting of the country” based on previous reports and investigations.

Pandora Papers

The Pandora Papers comprising 12 million files is the biggest such leak in history.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and six members of his family have been linked to 13 offshore companies.

The Kenyattas’ offshore investments, including a company with stocks and bonds worth $30m, were discovered among hundreds of thousands of pages of administrative paperwork from the archives of 14 law firms and service providers in Panama and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and other tax havens.

Kenyatta said he would “respond comprehensively” to the leak once he returned from a state visit abroad.

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