- President Justin Muturi said state officials should not hold offshore accounts
- He noted that having overseas accounts creates mistrust of the government
- Muturi made it clear that he does not own or operate an offshore account
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has challenged state officials who operate offshore accounts, saying such investments are likely to create suspicion.
Through his Twitter account, the president said Chapter 6 of the Kenyan constitution prohibits state officials from having accounts abroad.
“Chapter 6 of the Constitution prohibits state officials from having accounts abroad. Having offshore accounts creates mistrust unless it is legal,” he said.
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Muturi further claimed that he does not have an account abroad and that he has not benefited from the proceeds of corruption.
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âNo, I have not stolen or illegally taken advantage of public funds. No, I do not have an offshore account,â he said.
Muturi’s sentiments came as a result of Pandora Papers ‘expose’ which tied President Uhuru Kenyatta among wealthy world leaders operating offshore accounts.
Uhuru and her family members are said to have hidden around KSh 3 billion in foreign accounts with secret identities.
The president has since warmed up for the report and called for an audit of all offshore accounts to clarify matters. The damning brief was filed by a consortium of independent journalists.
âMy attention was drawn to the comments regarding the Pandora Papers. While I will respond fully upon my return from my State Visit to the Americas, let me say this:
That these reports will go a long way in improving the financial transparency and openness we need in Kenya and around the world. The movement of illicit funds, the proceeds of crime and corruption thrive in an environment of secrecy and obscurity, âhe said.
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Young people in decision-making
Muturi stressed the importance of young people in decision-making positions in all ministries by giving them more opportunities to make decisions on issues that affect them.
âAs president, I believe that young people should occupy the majority of decision-making positions in government in all ministries, instead of locking them within one ministry. This will allow them to come up with policies that suit them. in all areas, “he added.
Muturi weighed on Kenya’s debt crisis, saying looking east for loans was a good intention, but the government abused it, dragging the country into costly debt chains.
Muturi officially declared on Sunday July 4 that he would run for president in the upcoming general election in August 2022.
Muturi has had to fight against the âprojectâ label, with some seeing his candidacy as an executive plot to divide the voice-rich Mount Kenya region.
He has yet to declare the ticket of the party he will be arguing for, but political parties such as the Democratic Party (DP) have expressed support for his presidential bid.
Source: Tuko Breaking News