IEBC’s ICT boss quashes NASA narrative, says systems were secure

IEBC CEO Ebra Chiloba []

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has refuted claims that its systems were compromised to tilt results in favor of President Uhuru Kenyatta during August 8 polls.

NASA has accused the poll agency of allowing their systems to be compromised to give Uhuru an undeserved win.

However, the commission’s ICT Director, ICT James Muhati in court papers filed to counter the NASA claim termed the accusations as ambiguous, unsubstantiated and without any basis.

Muhati said their system could not be compromised as they partnered with top IT institutions from the country and abroad to make sure it provides “top-of-the-range government-grade information security system”.

“The concept and architecture around the security and verifiability of Kiems ensured that every component had in-built as well as process-related features aimed at guaranteeing the integrity and security of the system,” said Muhati as quoted by Daily Nation.

During the pre-trial conference on Saturday at the Supreme Court, NASA through lawyer Otiende Amollo said an algorithm of 11 per cent factors was set to multiply results in favor of Uhuru.

But, the poll agency ICT boss said “remarkably, no evidence or explanation has been offered to lay any basis for the allegations.”

He also said the transmission of results was under close all the while.

“The entire network spectrum was secured with twin external and internal high-level perimeter firewalls, which filtered all the information and only defined and authorized transmission was permitted through the filters.”

The system according to Muhati had a third layer of firewalls which filters incoming and outgoing results as well as blocking any unauthorized persons from getting into the system.

“No intrusion or intervention was detected as can be seen through the alert mechanisms in-built in the firewalls availed,” noted Muhati.

Full throttle trial starts on Sunday 3pm.

By Pharis Kinyua. He’s an online Journalist and an author Jamhuri News