We will not shutdown the internet during elections - CS Mucheru

The government has promised not to infringe on any rights documented on the constitution

Joe Mucheru, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs

Information, communication and technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru has assured the country that the government has no plans of shutting down the internet during the August 9, elections.

Speaking during a breakfast meeting with Kenya Editors Guild on Wednesday, August 3, the CS reiterated that the government will uphold democracy at all times and not silence anyone.

“We are not shutting down the internet. We enjoy a democratic space and we assure you that there will be no internet shutdown,” said CS Mucheru.

The CS further stated that his ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Interior led by CS Fred Matiang'i to ensure that communications are not disrupted especially in tallying centres.

“We assure you that if there are any fake tallies, they are going to be dealt with. Security in our country is paramount and ensuring so is having a clear communication method,” CS Mucheru said.

CS Matiang'i on June 8 while speaking in Nakuru during the opening of a stakeholders workshop on Kenya's cyber security strategy 2022-2026, said that the two ministries were working hand in hand to ensure a safe and credible election is conducted.

No amount of insults, no amount of criticism of us in the executive branch of government will tempt us enough to resort to aggressive acts of interfering with freedoms like shutting the internet or you know clawing back on freedoms we have acquired through the Constitution and through the law,” the CS assured.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Peter Ndegwa explained that the telecommunications company is working with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure everything runs smoothly.

“We have now instituted a network freeze. This means that there are no new products and no one is going to do work to maintain the network unless there is an emergency. This is to avoid any interruptions or an outage in the network,” he said.

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