Pandora papers and a media that is asleep


The case of Kenya.

Now, unless you are Ark, you probably have heard about the recent leak dubbed by the ICIJ as the Pandora Papers concerning money kept in offshore accounts by some elites from different countries.

Of interest to me in this matter is that the family that has been at the centre of looting this country for a combined duration of more than 50 years has been named as in the leak as having some dosh stashed in an offshore account. This could not by itself be illegal but raises a lot of many questions such as source of funds, was tax paid on them, how much more is the first family and other families hiding in a country impoverished by mismanagement of public goods.

The two bodies that would be asking questions about this matter are asleep. The main stream media feeds us political gossip. Parliament is useless. I can understand why parliament is unable to function. Half of them or more, if the questions raised during the presidential election petition are computer chicks- vifaranga vya kompyuta- as we say here. They owe allegiance to computer algorithm not the constituency of humans they represent.

The media is owned by these oligarchs and do not want to lose advertising money from the government of the day by appearing to be independent. Or critical. The only recourse is to read what independent journalists write but these do not have a wide reach and so such serious matter dies without raising eyebrows in a country people plagued by poverty,unemployment and unequal access to resources.

Maybe some day we will get to the bottom of the systematic rapine of the country by successive regimes and recover stolen loots even if it takes 100 years to do it. It will have to be done.

Until then, we wait.

About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

27 thoughts on “Pandora papers and a media that is asleep

  1. Nan says:

    Don’t hold your breath.

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  2. john zande says:

    same thing will happen here as it did with the Panama Papers… Nothing. The people who own the media companies will kill the story.

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  3. Ron says:

    The suffering will continue until the people divest themselves of their belief in the need for government.

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  4. Nothing new here and it is not a Kenyan infliction. A few years ago we had the Panama paper revelations. All published, everyone knew the perpetrators and then it all quietly disappeared without any charges laid. Of course, those in charge are also regulating their own affairs. Shame factor? I have not heard anyone omitted suicide yet!

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