Dr. Fred Matiang’i, the Interior Cabinet Secretary, has stated that the government has no intentions to take down the internet during the presidential election on August 9th.
Some African countries, including Uganda and other autocratic regimes, have shut down the internet in order to rig election results in their favor.
However, Matiang’i, who is campaigning for Raila Odinga’s presidency in August, stated that the Kenyan government will not shut down the internet because it supports freedom of speech and expression.
“No amount of insults or criticism would persuade the government to engage in retrogressive activities that restrict Kenyans’ freedoms,” Matiang’i remarked.
In recent months, the Kenya Kwanza team, led by Deputy President William Ruto, has claimed that the government is plotting to meddle with the transmission of election results through the ICT ministry.
Matiang’i and his ICT counterpart, Joe Mucheru, have been named as the masterminds behind the alleged conspiracy by the team.
Matiang’i, on the other hand, denied the charges, claiming that despite the insults and threats directed at them, they have never plotted to rig the impending elections.