Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) have been infuriated by recent information that KIEMS Kits were compromised in the general election on 9th August 2022. From latest reports, people have been wondering how it was possible for the kits to allow the uploading of forms 34A in JPEG format only for the files to arrive at the IEBC server in Bomas of Kenya in PDF format. According to self-proclaimed analysts, the electoral system was terribly compromised and that that calls for a repeat election.
The JPEG-PDF Conversion Argument
According to explanations by major social media influencers, KIEMS Kits were designed to transmit images in JPEG and not in PDF format. It is therefore unexplainable as to how the forms arrived at the IEBC server in JPEG form.
Images sourced from credible vaults of data indeed reveal that the files that carried polling station tallies arrived in PDF format.
This comes a few days after John Githongo and Benson Wesonga filed affidavits at the supreme court claiming that the election was compromised by the Kenya Kwanza Coalitions. These allegations have not been proven.
Further in the online argument between Azimio and Kenya Kwanza supporters, more information has revealed that some of the files uploaded were shown to have an Camscanner watermark, which is a definite proof of use of smartphones instead of KIEMS Kits to transmit election data.
DCI Forensic Analysis
According to a report published by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, the three Venzuelans caught by police a few days to the general election had malicious intent in regards to the general election.
The three foreigners, were found having sensitive IEBC material that was being shipped into Kenya as personal luggage instead of being transported as government property. Salvador Suarez, Jose Carmago Castello and Joel Gustavo Rodriguez were the three men nabbed in possession of IEBC election materials, thus their apprehensions.
At the time, IEBC Boss Wafula Chebukati asked the DCI to stop harassing IEBC staff but on further investigation, the DCI found out that the three suspects were not employed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
The DCI confiscated the electronic material and carried out a forensic examination, and the results were made public on 26th August 2022.
According to the DCI:
- The iPhone 13 Max Pro and laptop recovered were highly encrypted and probably used in secured communication. The phone had contacts of IEBC employees, service providers technical teams from Airtel, Safaricom. Telkom Kenya and Thuraya.
- The laptop and 1TB external storage disc had an IEBC schematic diagram, IEBC KIEMS kit, IEBC KIEMS kit deployment list, usernames and passwords, Local IP address configurations and Virtual Private Network (VPN) settings.
- Flash disks had data that was similar to what was found in the laptops confiscated.
- The two other phones had family videos and documents in Spanish.
- More information revealed that 19 foreigners had administrative privileges in the IEBC system whereas only two Kenyans had similar admin rights.
- WhatsApp group chats had sensitive IEBC information being shared.
- Castello’s laptop revealed him to be an administrator in the IEBC thus having the capability to add, delete, edit or manipulate electoral data in any way they wanted.
According to The Star, this analysis was done on 25th July 2022.
In the affidavit filed by John Githongo, a team of 56 tech-gurus were hired to hack and manipulate the election results. Latest reports allege that the hacking was successful.
With the information provided above, several Azimio antagonists have claimed that the DCI has always been compromised while Kenya Kwanza political nemeses have alleged that Chebukati and the IEBC team has always been biased towards William Ruto.