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Don’t laugh Mucheru off, Al Shabaab is a real threat to our election: Govt

Kiraithe addressing the press in Mombasa/CORRESPONDENT

MOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 30 — As US President Barack Obama orders the ejection from the US, of 35 Russian spies for meddling in their elections, Government Spokeman Eric Kiraithe says the hacking of Kenyan systems should not be so easily laughed off.

Speaking from Mombasa where President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently transacting government business from, Kiraithe, has said the hacking of Kenya’s electoral system should not be viewed as outrageous.

“Al Shabaab has clearly stated that they wouldn’t mind destabilising this country and they’ve tried it several times and therefore hacking is a reality we cannot escape from.”

Kiraithe has made the remarks in defence of ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru who appeared before the Senate Committee on Legal Affairs yesterday to advocate for the Electoral Laws (Amendment) Bill.

At the session, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho took offence at Mucheru’s introduction of Al Shabaab into the election equation.

“This fear mongering about Al Shabaab is to give a lot of credence to Al Shabaab. In fact Al Shabaab must be smiling now that you’ve brought them deep into the discussion. What is Al Shabaab’s capacity to jam a Kenyan communication network? I think you are fear mongering, to create a threat of Al Shabaab of a potential to interfere and scuttle Kenya’s election process is to expose this country to mediocrity and weakness.”

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