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Kenya: Opposition coalition claims Safaricom complicit in manipulation of election results; company denies allegations

Opposition coalitions presidential candidate has accused Safaricom of complicity in manipulation of election results outcome by routing results from the polling stations to a server in France instead of transmitting to the electoral commission's server in Kenya. Safaricom has denied the dismissed the accusations and state that it is ready to be investigated. [Also refers to Vodafone & OT-Morpho]

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27 September 2017

Opposition leader claims Safaricom complicit in manipulating election results

Author: Silas Apollo, Daily Nation (Kenya)

"Raila Odinga drags Safaricom into poll dispute"

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has dragged Kenya's leading telecommunications firm Safaricom into the election dispute. Mr Odinga...asked the mobile service provider, which was contracted by IEBC [Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission], to explain why it routed results from the polling stations to a server in France and terminated them there instead of transmitting to the electoral commission's server in Kenya. This, he said, gave room to the manipulation of the poll outcome relayed to the national tallying centre at Bomas in the capital Nairobi.

Mr Odinga threatened court action against six individuals he claimed were part of the scheme he claimed denied him victory. Nasa, he said, would institute private prosecution against the fingered Safaricom employees. "It is a matter of public record that Safaricom was contracted by IEBC to transmit election results from the Kenya Integrated Election Management (Kiems) kits at polling stations to the IEBC servers," said Mr Odinga. "It has come to our knowledge that one of these VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) terminated at a cloud server registered in Spain but operated in France under control of OT-Morpho. Both VPNs were fully paid for by IEBC. However VPNs from Safaricom terminating locally were never set up." He said Nasa would, by extension, sue Safaricom parent company Vodafone. “The sum total of these developments was that the messing up of Kenyans elections were deliberate acts of conspiracy, omission and commission that are yet to be resolved,” said Mr Odinga.


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27 September 2017

Safaricom denies claims of complicity in manipulating election results

Author: Silas Apollo, Daily Nation (Kenya)

"Safaricom fights back over Raila Odinga poll claim"

Leading mobile phone service provider Safaricom has declared it is ready to be investigated after Nasa leader Raila Odinga accused it of working with a French digital security firm to tilt the August 8 elections outcome in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta...[The company] dismissed the accusations as “reckless, callous and unnecessary” and warned that the allegations could endanger the lives of its members of staff and families. Chief executive Bob Collymore, in a statement, said they were ready to be investigated by any agency on the role they played in the elections.

...Mr Collymore said Safaricom played its role of routing the results from Kiems kits to the IEBC servers in areas that it had been allocated and that the figures were captured on the IEBC portal. “Contrary to what is alleged in the Nasa statement, results from Kiems kits from Safaricom zones were transmitted and are on the IEBC web portal,” he said and explained that the responsibility of transmitting the results from the IEBC servers to the constituency and national tallying centres was the preserve of the commission and the political players, among them Nasa, were aware. “Safaricom is ready to face any investigations and/or private prosecutions brought by any party on this matter,” he said and criticised Mr Odinga for claiming that the firm was aware that 100 Kiems kits had been stolen from IEBC and failed to report.

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