On Tuesday, October 12, during an interview on a local TV station, he stated that 24 hours after publishing the leaks, he felt disappointed. He added that the disappointment grew to an extent that he even felt lonely together with other journalists he collaborated with to release the papers.
According to Namu, he only received sidebar coverage 24 hours after releasing the report.
He remarked that only other media houses which are out of the mainstream tried to further drive the conversation about the leaks.
However, he stated his leak received much-needed prominence after President Uhuru Kenyatta responded to the report.
"In the first 24 hours since the leak was published, I was quite disappointed, I felt very lonely as a Kenyan reporter myself and Purity Mukami and all of us who were involved in reporting this leak, I felt disappointed that what was perceived as the biggest story in the world was being unreported in the Kenyan media," Namu stated.
"What for me was strange was the marker of the uptake of coverage from where I sat is when President Kenyatta responded to the publication of these leaks. Over time there was a lot better coverage." He added.
After the leaks got much-needed coverage, Namu stated that he was not involved in the driving of the conversation and how the dialogue was being framed around the leaks. The celebrated journalist said that most reporters decided to pursue the legal aspects surrounding the Pandora papers report.
The Pandora Papers, the biggest leak of financial papers in history and containing 12 million files and obtained by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) linked Kenyatta's family to offshore bank accounts and companies valued at over Ksh3.3 billion.
The financial leaks detailed that Kenyatta’s family led by Mama Ngina Kenyatta, the incumbent President, his sisters, and brothers, have amassed wealth offshore and in the tax havens of Panama and the British Virgin Islands.
While defending his family during a United Nations Security Council meeting on Tuesday, October 12, Uhuru did not accept allegations that his family has stashed wealth in offshore foundations and estates. He told the diplomats that his name is not directly linked to any of the mentioned accounts.
“As I said before, my name first and foremost is not there,” Uhuru stated after journalists insisted that he was roped into the tax havens report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)," Uhuru stated.
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