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Jubilee demands probe into suspected NASA breach of election servers

Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 23 – The Jubilee Party has written to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions seeking to have Senator James Orengo and NASA Co-principal Musalia Mudavadi investigated for illegally accessing the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s servers.

In a correspondence to Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju says Orengo acknowledged – in a letter to the electoral commission on August 10 – that the opposition alliance had accessed IEBC server logs.

“We request your good office to expeditiously direct comprehensive investigations, and prosecution if your investigations uncover sufficient evidence, pursuant to the provisions of IEBC Act and communications act, penal code and any other law against Mudavadi and Senior Counsel James Orengo and any other person who had unauthorised access to the IEBC servers,” Jubilee’s letter to Tobiko states.

After the announcement of President Kenyatta’s win after the August 8 elections, NASA held several press conferences claiming that IEBC systems had been hacked and numbers manipulated.

NASA also claimed to have been furnished with the accurate results from a “confidential source” within IEBC which indicated that Odinga had more votes than Kenyatta.

However the French firm that supplied the system said that no hacking was recorded on their servers.

The company’s Chief Operating Officer Fredrick Beylier told AFP the audit undertaken with the help from external experts from security software companies, had shown the system “in no way suffered manipulation of data, attacks, attempts to penetrate the system or anything of that kind”.

After the full Supreme Court judgment, the court didn’t find any individual culpable of election fraud and rather said what they found was a systematic institutional problem.

Tuju’s letter coincides with an ultimatum by NASA whose leaders on Friday gave Tobiko 72 hour to institute criminal proceeding against IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati, CEO Ezra Chiloba and two other commissioners over irregularities witnessed in last month’s presidential election whose outcome was annulled by the Supreme Court.

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