Pandora Papers Released: Kenyatta’s Corruption is a Story of Misery Inflicting Misery on a Poor Country
The Pandora papers have unveiled the corruption of political and media heavyweights all across the globe, as the landmark inquiry puts many prominent figures in danger.
While the masses in Kenya remain under the poverty line, the corruption of the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, as revealed in the Pandora papers, has raised many questions.
A politician who made his way to the top ranks through innovative use of social media in his elections is now in danger, as the corruption charges against him could cost his political allies their elections if they do not part their ways with him immediately.
Kenyatta's Fake Agenda of Eliminating Corruption Busted
This latest reveal has also busted the Kenyatta agenda which he perpetrated in Kenya over the years.
He portrayed himself as a clean honorable man, not involved in any monetary scam. His primary motto in his reelection was to eradicate corruption from Kenya. Little did anyone know that the president was accumulating riches overseas through fraudulent means.
Kenyatta was not involved in this monetary scam alone. In fact, his family members accompanied him in what is considered one of the most consequential corruptions in the history of Kenya.
All in all, nearly thirteen offshore companies have been found on his and his family members' names. This puts him in a dwindling position as the wrath of Kenyans peaks back home.
Uhuru Kenyatta's political strategy backfired against him. Time and time again, he stood behind the podium and lashed out against public officials for looting scare resources belonging to the general public.
Kenyatta went down the popular route of denouncing corruption, seeing that many people face chronic poverty.
The popular narrative helped him in winning the votes of the same people who were robbed by him behind the scenes.
Kenyatta staged a play in which he tried to act innocent and called other politicians to help him in creating a transparent system.
However, his actions defied his true plans, as despite building up this narrative, he failed to leave any strong public institution free from political intervention.
Accumulating Riches Through Controversial Means: Kenyatta Caught up in Pandora Papers
Kenyatta's wealth, which supposedly came through disastrous means, was accumulated in tax havens like Panama and worth more than $30 million.
His fortunes depict that his family owns at least seven companies, including five in the British Virgin Islands and two in Panama.
Kenyatta is politically busted right now. His family did not start building up the corrupt empire after him winning the presidency. In fact, they started making riches even since Kenyatta was a rising political figure.
And these practices continued until today where Kenyatta considers looting public officials his obligation.
The Kenyan law clearly defines that the president needs to declare his financial assets each year. Now, when Kenyatta is busted, the opposition lawyers can formulate a strong case against him to kick him out of the office.
The timing of the global leaks is important, as Kenyan elections are less than a year away now.
The voters and the tribes have to rethink their political preferences now, as Kenyatta's support is draining from the electorate now.
William Ruto, the Deputy President of Kenya, has an opportunity to cash on as he can build his campaign on this issue going forward.
This is also an opportunity for the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who needs to part his ways from Kenyatta if he wants to stand a chance in the next elections.
He can even sue Kenyatta before the next elections, seeing that these papers are on the patterns of the Panama leaks which were released some years ago.
After the Panama leaks, some global leaders resigned, while others were disqualified from their offices.