…As Kenya arrests and deports US poll data expert working for opposition
Suspicion that the ruling New Patriotic Party’s Campaign Manager for the 2016 election, Peter MacManu, had been refused entry into Kenya on the basis of intelligence that he was on a rigging mission has been deepened.
An American poll data expert has been arrested and deported from Kenya after it was detected that he was working with the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA).
Reuters reports that John Aristotle Philips, the chief executive of political technology and data provider, Aristotle Inc, was hobnobbing with the NASA, led by Raila Odinga, when he was arrested and briefly detained by Kenyan police.
He had been deported along with an unnamed Canadian who had also been thrown out by the authorities.
The development nourishes suspicion that Mr. Raila Odinga and the opposition NASA have been leveraging the expertise of IT experts and the solidarity of friendly African political parties.
Peter MacManu, President Akufo-Addo’s Campaign Manager in 2016, who had heavily leveraged ICT in an election that was fraught with the hacking of the electronic data transmission system of Ghana’s National Electoral Commission, was deported last Friday after he had been denied entry into Kenya by authorities there.
He had gone to Kenya as the head of the Democratic Union of Africa (DUA) observer group for Kenya’s election.
Interestingly, the DUA is made up of rightist political parties in Africa, with the ruling NPP in Ghana being a member, along with the Democratic Party of Kenya, which is one of several parties in a coalition that forms the NASA.
The general suspicion is that Mr. MacManu had gone to Kenya to help replicate regime changes that the DUA is said to have helped effect in Nigeria and Ghana.
However, Kenya’s National Security Intelligence Service is said to have gathered that intelligence and stopped Mr. MacManu’s entry into the country as a preventive measure.
Mr. MacManu, upon reaching Ghana, has since denied any plan to participate in a rigging agenda in Kenya, implying that there was no such attempt at all.
However, the arrest of John Aristotle Philips has since been a revelation that the opposition may indeed have had plans to interfere in the vote transmission.
At the time Mr. MacManu was deported from Kenya, it had been said that he was one of two Ghanaians that had been deported together from the East African country.
It was to later emerge that the second Ghanaian was Joe Anokye, Director General of the National Communications Authority.
Interestingly, Mr. Anokye, a former employee of the United States National Aeronautic and Space Administration, is said to have worked as a lieutenant of MacManu in Mr. Manu’s role as Campaign Manager for the NPP in 2016.
They had widely deployed laptops all over the country in the election, which was fraught with a hack into the EC’s electronic data transmission system.
In the buildup to the same election, a group of South African security experts that the NPP had smuggled into the country had been arrested with copies of details of the operations of Superlock Technologies Limited (STL).
STL was the company which had been engaged by the EC to electronically transmit voting results from the various regions.
Meanwhile, the ruling NPP has expressed displeasure over the deportation of Mr. MacManu from Kenya.
In a statement, it said the deportation was unfortunate promising to investigate circumstances surrounding the deportation.
The NDC’s Acting General Secretary, John Boadu, has also said the ruling NPP takes the matter seriously.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels