Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication Technology (ICT) Joe Mucheru has dismissed claims that the ministry was planning to coordinate with the government to hitch Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) system to rig election in favour of Azimio – One Kenya candidate Raila Odinga.
“We do not have any plans or intension to hack the IEBC servers neither do we have the know-how to do it because the servers are procured and secured by the IEBC itself,” Mucheru said.
He insisted that it is not possible to hack the IEBC system without having the security knowledge of the IEBC. He informed that Kenya Kwanza Alliance should live up to the fact that IEBC is an Independent Commission whose system can’t be tempered with especially during this electioneering period.
Speaking in Naivasha on Friday, 10th June 2022, when he officially closed the Cyber Security Strategy 2022 – 2026 workshop which he said will give incentives that will help the government strengthen the cyber security laws, Mucheru added that the entire country will be covered with the network for the ease transmission of election results. He noted that IEBC had secured 1500 satellite modems which will help to transmit electoral information speedily in areas that are not covered by the 3G network.
This comes after DP Ruto’s led Kenya Kwanza camp had accused the CS of allegedly planning to correlate with the deep state agents to rig election in favour of Raila Odinga.
The Tangatanga faction had also argued that Cabinet Secretaries involved in active politics should resign from their respective jobs before the August election.
Ruto has been defeated by Raila Odinga in the latest opinion polls, surveyed by Mizani Africa.
According to Mizani Africa, Raila Odinga commands 47.5 per cent while Ruto enjoys 46.6 per cent support.
However, Ruto’s led Kenya Kwanza Alliance is the most preferred coalition with 48.5 per cent while Raila’s led Azimio – One Kenya banks on 47.8 per cent.