WE HAVE NOT SIGNED CONTRACT WITH IEBC FOR REPEAT POLL- OT MORPHO

The French digital security firm, OT-Morpho, whose electronic system was used by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) in the August 8 polls, has said that it does not have a contract with the commission for the repeat presidential election scheduled on October 17.

According to OT-Morpho Chief Operations officer Fredric Beylier, IEBC has not contacted the firm to discuss the scope of work or asked for a quote on the cost of running the upcoming poll.

“We do not have a contract with them for the next election yet,” Mr Beylier said in an interview with the BBC.

Beylier further says that even if they a contract with the IEBC by now, they would still need up to the end of October to reconfigure their systems for the repeat presidential election.

The firm also maintained that its systems were not hacked to manipulate results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta contrary to claims by the opposition to that effect.

“We have contacted two audits which both confirmed no piracy or intrusion into our systems during the august polls,” Mr Beylier said, adding that the audits did not identify any suspicious activity or hacking.

“OT -MORPHO 400 MILLION SCANDAL”

Nasa flagbearer Raila Odinga had accused the firm of perpetrating electoral fraud in favour of Uhuru saying that the firm had also issued bribes amounting to 400 million to a top IEBC and government officials to secure the tender.

“We know how Safran OT-Morpho got this contract, we know the individuals, we know the negotiations and we know which advocate firm was involved and who the beneficiary was,” Odinga said during a press conference.

Odinga also refuted the firm’s audit said the firm should not be engaged in the repeat polls.

IEBC signed a contract with OT-Morpho in March 2017 for the supply of 45,000 biometric authentication kits for voters, the associated systems capable of electronically transmitting the electoral results as recorded by the polling stations and the associated services of training and support for the August 8 general elections.

 

 

 

 

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KENYA’S ELECTION – VOTING KIT MAY NOT BE READY IN TIME

OT-Morpho, the French company providing the voting system for the re-run of Kenya’s presidential election, have reportedly stated that the necessary equipment will not be ready in time for polling day currently due to be held on 17 October. The company said it needs to reinstall the complex voting system for the scheduled re-run and that the “significant amount of work” required cannot be finished before voting day.

OT-Morpho’s concerns were reportedly set out in a letter it sent to the Independent Election and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) according to reports emanating from the Reuters news agency and the BBC.

In a letter dated yesterday (18 September), the company said the two different electronic systems requiring more than 45,000 tablets to be installed for voter identification by fingerprint and photo comparison, would have to be reinstalled for a re-run. The tablets are also used for the secure transmission of election results.

Alleged irregularities in the transmission of results in the August election were one of the problems cited by Kenya’s Supreme Court when it annulled the presidential election result. The Supreme Court is set to release its full report on Thursday.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has said he will not take part in the new election if members of the IEBC are not removed from office.

The Commission has reportedly arranged a meeting with Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga on Wednesday to discuss potential problems ahead of the poll.

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TUSKYS GIVES AILING NAKUMATT A LIFE LINE

Tuskys/Nakumatt merger
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Tuskys chain of supermarkets has come to the aid of Nakumatt, which has been at the verge of collapsing due to deep financial woes that had paralyzed operations.

In the merger deal signed between the two retailers, Nakumatt will now be able to access stock from suppliers using Tuskys supermarkets’ goodwill and value chain.

Nakumat will however still retain its brand but Tuskys will provide managers to run the business.
Tuskys has been Nakumatt’s biggest competitor.

Nakumatt, Kenya’s largest supermarket chain has been having a financial crisis and is reported to have accumulated a huge debt from Sh4.7 billion in 2012 to an estimated Sh18 billion as at April 2017.

The retailer has already closed some of its branches locally and in Uganda as well with the remaining outlets operating under empty shelves as apprehensive suppliers have kept off.
As at July this year, Nakumatt owed its suppliers Sh 15 billion and 8 million to 10 commercial banks.

A week ago, the Uganda revenue authority (URA) auctioned its good’s as the taxman sought to recover $71,000 owed in taxes.

A local tea firm, Tea brewer Gold Crown Beverages, had also filed an insolvency suit against the struggling supermarket chain last month over a Sh60 million debt.

Nakumatt employees have also been staging protests over late payments of salaries dating to May.
In January this year, the cash-strapped Nakumatt sold a 25% stake to an international investor in a deal that would see the retailer receive $75 million. However, the windfall of the deal has delayed and slow operations are hurting its cash flows.

In January this year, the cash-strapped Nakumatt sold a 25% stake to an international investor in a deal that would see the retailer receive $75 million. However, the windfall of the deal has delayed and slow operations are hurting its cash flows.

NAKUMATT’S FADING GLORY

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KENYA ELECTION FRAUD WAS MINOR SAYS US PROFESSOR

Prof. Walter Mebane

A specialist in the forensic analysis of elections, Professor Walter Mebane from the University of Michigan in the United States, has published a detailed assessment of Kenya’s August Presidential election and concluded that although there was fraud it was ‘minor’ and didn’t affect the overall result.

What may be of particular interest is that according to Professor Mebane he was originally called in by ‘an unnamed NASA official’ to look at the Kenyan election data.

In a draft paper on Anomalies and Frauds (?) in the Kenya 2017 Presidential Election published today [Link here], Professor Mebane wrote:

“Election forensics analysis suggests that frauds may have been widespread throughout Kenya in the August 8 presidential election but that the magnitude of frauds was small. Only a few per cent of votes, at most, are likely to have been produced by frauds”.

Mebane, analysing the data from 40,818 polling stations drawn from the IEBC website and matched with the Kenya Gazette, found warning signs of anomalies for both Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee Party) and Raila Odinga (National Super Alliance).

BOTH SIDES ‘BENEFITTED FROM FRAUD’

He found 18 times when Kenyatta was likely to have benefitted from any frauds and 11 times when Odinga may have done so. The most problematic counties were Kisumu, Migori, Tana River, Nyandarua and Lamu.

“The total number of votes due to incremental frauds across the counties, for which estimates could be produced, is 36,907 for Kenyatta and 25,093 for Odinga.”

The official result of the presidential election held in Kenya on 8 August, now overturned by the Supreme Court, gave Uhuru Kenyatta a majority of over 1.4 million votes over his main rival Raila Odinga.

Professor Mebane said the turnout figures look plausible across the country.

Tables 10, and 11,  from the draft paper showing the numbers and percentages of estimated incremental fraudulent votes.

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NAIROBI FOURTH MOST EXPENSIVE CITY IN AFRICA

Nairobi is the fourth most expensive city in Africa to live in according to a cost of living index published by Expatistan, an online a cost of living calculator.

When it comes to furnished accommodation, or popping out for a fast food combo meal, Nairobi is the most expensive city in Africa.

This may not come as news to those on lower pay but it won’t make them feel any better to learn that according to Expatistan, Nairobi is the fourth cheapest place in Africa when it comes to the employing domestic labour.

TEN MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES IN AFRICA (BASED ON COST OF LIVING)

  1. Harare (Zimbabwe)
  2. Port Louis (Mauritius)
  3. Pretoria (South Africa)
  4. Nairobi (Kenya)
  5. Johannesburg (South Africa)
  6. Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  7. Windhoek (Namibia)
  8. Capetown (South Africa)
  9. Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
  10. Durban (South Africa)

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