Deputy President William Ruto has been chastised by ICT CS Joe Mucheru for stating that government staff hacked the IEBC system to change the voters’ register.
Mucheru stated yesterday at a conference in Murang’a County that the government, specifically his Ministry, had no access to the election body’s systems.
Even as the electoral body prepares for the August 9 polls, the CS maintained that his Ministry is just providing support to the IEBC.
“Let me be clear, we do not get involved in running the elections. People are saying that Mucheru has access to servers and can decide who is voting or going where.”
“The IEBC manages and operates the servers. We had a joint team looking at election preparations, but the IEBC said they would handle it themselves and didn’t want us to get involved,” he explained.
Simultaneously, Mucheru questioned how the DP knew that the majority of the impacted voters were from his region, while also urging the electoral body to remain impartial in all election-related matters.
“I discovered that IEBC is allowing other individuals to see how many persons are in that database.” The registration would be ready by June 9, according to the chairman (Wafula Chebukati). We’ve overheard them remark that they know who’s moving where and when. We, too, would like access, but only if they allow it,” Mucheru said.
Ruto said during a meeting with European Union ambassadors that the breach was orchestrated by government officials who removed over 1 million of his supporters from the IEBC registry with the express intent of affecting the outcome of the August 9 elections.