On Thursday, October 21, through her kicker during the news gang session Okwara tailored well thought out questions directed at President Uhuru Kenyatta requiring his immediate feedback.
Citizen TV Journalists including Joe Ageyo, Linus Kaikai, and Francis Gachuri, Okwara read the letter asking Uhuru to honour his promise to extensively clear the air on the leaked Pandora Papers that linked his family to offshore accounts and estates.
"The question of offshore accounts are fundamentally not outlawed but the questions raised are not necessarily legal ones but moral ones. Mr. President, the list of those mentioned is not a role of honor from mobsters like Rafael Amato to Jolo a known fugitive financier among others.
So what are your thoughts around this? That those closely linked to you chose to invest and save so heavily outside the country. Is this truly a statement of your confidence and that of your family in the Kenyan economy itself? Why the choice in investing in trusts abroad and not in Kenya?" Okwara posed.
Further, the presenter demanded satisfying explanations on tax avoidance issue since the family of President Uhuru Kenyatta decided to invest abroad.
"Mr. President, how about the issue of tax avoidance, you know even as KRA struggles to meet its targets in Kenya, much has been said about widening the tax bracket now. I'm sure this is a struggle that you know too well having been in charge of this country for the last nine years and having run the treasury before. Are you not worried that this will send the wrong signal to Kenyans who faithfully pay their taxes right here at home?" she asked.
She further asked the President to use his response as an opportunity to open an avenue for other leaders to make public their wealth.
"And in the spirit of transparency and openness, how about starting that process of making your wealth declarations public? I look forward as I'm sure so do many Kenyans, to that comprehensive response, which as you said could go a long way in enhancing financial transparency in the country, kind regards," she ended.
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