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Opinion: Leaks shows the extensive cooperation between Cambridge Analytica and Kenyatta

It is for many common knowledge that the Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) Elections and Cambridge Analytica (CA) involvement in the two elections in 2017. They were direct partners and the guys behind the scene for the incumbent and the Jubilee Party. These was all doing work to secure the President Uhuru Kenyatta second term.

There been plenty of speculation and the inner-works of the Cambridge Analytica team in Kenya together with SCL Elections. What Hindsight 2020 leaks are showing is the behind scenes operations of CA and SCL in regards to Kenyatta. It doesn’t show what they really did, nor the data-sets, what they collected or if they were in cahoots with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which has been reported and speculated about. Since, the IEBC wouldn’t open their servers nor their tallies from the elections. Therefore, even in 2020 we cannot know what is there or if the IP-Address or direct connection with the CA.

Isaac Ndung’u or Isaac Kanino from Kanino Global limited who on behalf of Kenyatta and the Jubilee mailed the CA. What more the leaks shows is that SCL was already one the making the brand and the foundation for TNA/Jubilee in 2013 and their continued work with Kenyatta and Jubilee was an extension of what it had done in the past.

They made extensive plans and had a whole idea of what they were going to do. Not only a little survey, but a major one. Ensure they audit the whole party, their messages, their communications and even their speeches. That means, SCL/CA was the party within the party and the organizer hired to run a party and what is perceived by. As well, as ensuring the messages it spreads got into the media and understood by the public.

The SCL/CA even offered directly a Communication Team by monthly fees of $55,000 per month. What this shows still what intent and what services the SCL/CA did for Jubilee. As they were outsiders, whose known for collecting information from social media and make analysis for political parties. Surely, they would do the same data crunch for Kenyatta and Jubilee. Even if they don’t mention this in any of the documents, they still tried to sell the holistic campaign package. Which means, they wanted to run the whole thing, especially if the Kenyans paid and the SCL/CA in the leaked mails and documents shows that Jubilee was one of the biggest contracts.

That means the Jubilee and Kenyatta really used the services to an extent we cannot grasp. Even with these sort of leaks. But we don’t have the payouts from Jubilee nor the Government. Neither, do we have the MoU, the NDAs and Contract itself. However, we do know they did business and SCL/CA was proud of it. That says it all. As we know by what happen over the years, what the contractors was doing elsewhere and why shouldn’t they do that in Kenya too?

To think otherwise is naive. We miss still a few dots, but every little inkling shows what they did and what they offered. Now, we just need more of their print, their stamp and approved works. Than, we can say how deep these companies was involved in the Jubilee and with Kenyatta’s campaign. We are damn sure the Kenyans paid them a handsome sum of cash and surely operational fees. But, then we know, that Kenyatta and his team didn’t use their wit, but used technical and data collected from others to actually create his messages and run his campaign. He couldn’t even bother trying to do it on his own or with his advisers. That is weak tea. Peace.

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Opinion: Extending the BBI is all about buying the involved parties time

This Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is now the vehicle to keep the relevance of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and the Jubilee government afloat. As they have a joint project, which has no proper mandate, but buys the President and his cronies time to loot. The BBI is a smokescreen and the project is not only flawed, but built on the wrong premises.

That Odinga is doing is, seems so that he has a purpose. Because without the BBI he would be a lost fellow, who claimed to be President, but gave it away with the handshake. That is how it seems. The Report showed this, like a hallow manifesto with grandeur and big-man words, but not the initial wording to make it a legal text.

That is why December, two weeks or so after the release of the report. The State and ODM still pushes the need for the Taskforce and the BBI. This means its a tool for legitimacy and buying time. Since, there is nothing substantial being done, neither motions nor bills being made with the recommendations from the report. Which is showing the real intent.

Just look at the statements made during the previous week on the matter, first the State House and than Odinga.

State House statement:

The President and the Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga thanked the team for putting together a report that captures the aspirations of Kenyans and requested the Taskforce to continue leading the BBI process. The Taskforce will therefore steer the next phase of the process which will largely involve expanding and guiding public participation, and structuring recommendations by Kenyans into implementable action plans” (State House – ‘President Kenyatta Extends Term Of BBI Taskforce’ 12.12.2019).

Odinga statement on 17th December:

As a party, it is in our DNA to take a stand on critical issues of the day. ODM never stands or sits on the fence. We never sway with the wind from this side to that when the interests of the nation are at stake. That is what we have done with the Handshake and the BBI. We have taken a stand based on very clear understanding of what is to be achieved. We have been able to merge our interests as a party with the broader interests of the nation and supported the BBI. We are in this to redesign the architecture of our nation” (…) “ The BBI enabled Kenyans to voice these concerns that clearly threaten our nation. The same BBI gives us a chance to address these concerns. From here one, what we should be debating is what to adopt, what to amend and what to discard out of the BBI proposals” (ODM Reloaded – ‘REMARKS OF H.E RAILA ODINGA, EGH, ODM PARTY LEADER AT THE JOINT ODM PG/NEC ON THE BBI REPORT; DECEMBER 17, 2019’).

Clearly, they intend to do something, but seems like a fancy way of promising change, while conducting more consultations and more rallies for the same. They are supposed to gather more evidence and more public involvement into it. As they are supposed to find the consensus within the public and design the Republic thereafter.

However, that means the BBI will use more government funds for a supposed progression reports and whatnot. Not just the first findings. The BBI halfway project are getting a second mandate. To build on the foundation and supposed do something. Even if there are no real clear mandate, neither here nor there. Neither is the task nor the committee anywhere to be seen.

The BBI seems more and more like a side-show. A play for the guards. To keep preoccupied, instead of actually governing. Because, why do you need to govern, when you got someone in the future giving you guidance, while they are not in office. Why do the work? When someone else will tell you to do something else.

The BBI in this way, seems to be the meal-ticket, the safe-guard and the method to buy relevance of the ODM and Odinga. While Kenyatta get friendly faces from his arch-nemesis and his associates. In this way, get legitimacy and power. In a way, where he doesn’t even have to work. He can just read the delivered paperwork and call it a day.

That is how it seems now. The BBI as a project is just for show and PR. It is not for betterment nor for progress. This is a game for paid state officials jobs and keeping the status quo as it is. The BBI is just letting all the talk go, while the lack of governing is forgotten in the drama of the BBI. Peace.

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