British Member of Parliament Emma Hardy says she was not aware that a flat she lived in is owned by President Kenyatta’s family.
The ownership of the Sh152 million (£1 million) flat located in London was revealed in an investigative report released this month by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
The report dubbed Pandora Papers exposed how wealthy individuals used offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
It showed that the Kenyatta family owned a network of 13 offshore companies, one of which had US$30 million (Sh3.31 billion).
The London property is registered under Milrun International Limited, a company set up by Uhuru’s mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta and her two daughters Kristina and Anna in 1999.
MP Hardy, who occupied the house as recently as August 2021, landed in trouble after it emerged that she used taxpayers money to fund her stay there.
The 42-year-old allegedly rented the apartment when away from her constituency on parliamentary business and paid Sh395,000 (£2,600) per month as rent.
In her defense, Hardy explained that she was not aware of the shadowy management of the apartment prior to signing a lease.
“Emma had absolutely no knowledge of this. She signed a standard tenancy agreement through a reliable agency approved by the independent organisation that administers MPs’ accommodation costs.”
“She is shocked at what this investigation has uncovered, and believes it shows why more transparency is urgently needed,” her representative said in a statement.
Hardy is a Labor Party politician and has been the MP for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle since 2017.