Government: We Are Not Shutting Down The Internet

He claims that the government has also taken every precaution to ensure that Kenyans are not duped by "fake tallies."

The government has assured Kenyans of access to the internet and the media before, during, and after the August General Elections.

Information, communication and technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the government has no intention of shutting down the internet, or blocking media access.

“We are not shutting down the internet. We enjoy a democratic space and we assure you that there will be no internet shutdown,” Mr Mucheru told a Kenya Editors Guild Breakfast meeting in Nairobi on Wednesday. 

He claims that the government has also taken every precaution to ensure that Kenyans are not duped by “fake tallies.”

“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,” Mr Mucheru said.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has allowed political parties, candidates, and the media to tally and tabulate their own results, but has warned them against making any declarations, which are constitutionally reserved for the elections commission.

Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile network operator, said it had put measures in place to ensure election results were transmitted on time.

The telco’s CEO stated that the company had implemented a network freeze, which means that no network maintenance would be performed to ensure the network’s smooth operation.

“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,” Mr Ndegwa said.

The Safaricom CEO insisted that the company’s network was foolproof.

“We take our role seriously. The same way you trust us that your M-Pesa will not be swapped is the same way you should trust that we will not interfere with the contents of the information transmitted by the IEBC,” Mr Ndegwa said. 

“It is our responsibility to find credible results to deliver to the public and also identify those who are pushing the wrong ones and unmask them,” said Editors Guild president Churchill Otieno.