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No internet shut-down during polls, says CS

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By Judith Gicobi

According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, the government has no plans to shut down the internet during the General Election.

In response to comments made by members of the Kenya Kwanza squad, Matiang’i stated that the government values citizens’ democratic space and will not meddle.

Kenya Kwanza’s team, backed by Deputy President William Ruto, has implicated Matiang’i and his ICT counterpart, Joe Mucheru, of plotting to obstruct the election’s broadcast.

Despite the accusations leveled against them, Matiang’i denied the assertions, insisting that they would not meddle with the internet.

Matiang’i described cybercrime as a big concern during a workshop in Naivasha to launch the National Cyber Security Strategy.

He stated that the Cyber Security Strategy would focus on data protection for both security forces and businesses.

The CS addressed the contentious Huduma Numba, noting that it was designed to make government services easier by pooling all personal information.

Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, commended the plan, saying it will aid in the fight against cybercrime.

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