William Ruto may not have been duly elected as Kenya’s fifth president, as technology was used to oust his closest rival, Raila Odinga, according to court applications filed in Nairobi.
Odinga and his running mate Martha Karwa, a veteran lawyer, claim that the presidential vote was stolen five months before election day, with 19 foreigners and two Kenyans accused by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. (IEBC) had unauthorized access to its IT voting system.
“There was an elaborate and fraudulent scheme to interfere with and defeat the integrity, credibility and security of the presidential election.” reads the affidavit.
‘IEBC was active in rigging’
Karwa claims that IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati’s digital footprints could be seen in the voter verification system as late as August 15 after the announcement of the president-elect. “Chebukati was personally constantly deleting and uploading various result declaration forms.”
There was chaos. After Odinga’s agents discovered a suspicious laptop at the National Telling Center in Nairobi on August 13. Karwa says the laptop was at the center of coordinated election rigging because it was connected to an external network where presidential vote verification forms were being temporarily stored, downloaded and then re-uploaded on the official IEBC portal. Loaded. The device is reportedly owned by Roto agent coach Geoffrey Kapingosis.
A separate filing by long-time anti-corruption activist John Githongo, who was an election observer, claimed in a 22-page affidavit that A team of 56 hackers Manipulated presidential results.
According to Githongo, those overseeing the rigging plan included tech guru and Ruto’s chief of staff Davis Chercher and digital strategist Denis Atombi. “After receiving the said data, they will amend the said Form 34A as per the instructions given by their leaders and thereafter upload the said amended Form 34A on the IEBC portal,” he alleged.
Partisan politics has led to mistrust of technology.
Despite Kenya being considered a model innovation hub in Africa, it still does not rely on technology to run its general elections. Before the declaration of presidential results, There were claims that algorithms were inserted into the voter verification system to manipulate the results and the portals of media houses that were live streaming the results of the presidential election were hacked.
In 2017, Odinga Claimed that hackers stole his votes, and the Supreme Court proceeded to annul the presidential results. IEBC’s ICT director at the time, Chris Masando, disappeared under unclear circumstances and was later found dead. Odinga alleged that Msando was killed because of this. Refuse to surrender password which was used to draw him out.