It seems that now that Hilary Clinton no longer has much of a political career to protect she will talk about almost anything. As she continues to make the rounds to promote her book ‘What Happened’, the former Presidential candidate touched on Kenya’s annulled election.
What Happened is a book that plunges into some of the reasons behind why she lost the 2016 US Elections and so discussions on elections were certainly on the table as she spoke to US public radio host Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air program.
After a majority decision on September 1, Kenya’s supreme court called the August 8 election in which President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged as the victor “invalid, null and void.”
Their decision had been reached following the challenge of the results by the opposition candidate Raila Odinga who cited the hacking of the voting system and the making of a “computer generated leadership.” The supreme court ordered a new vote to be held in 60 days.
The former Presidential candidate said that Kenya’s annulled election was “a project” of Cambridge Analytica, a US data company. Cambridge Analytica has been in the middle of a controversy over how personal data was used to influence the Brexit vote and the 2016 US elections.
According to her;
“You know, the Kenya election was just overturned and really what’s interesting about that—and I hope somebody writes about it, Terry—the Kenyan election was also a project of Cambridge Analytica, the data company owned by the Mercer family that was instrumental in the Brexit vote.
There’s now an investigation going on in the UK, because of the use of data and the weaponization of information. They were involved in the Trump campaign after he got the nomination, and I think that part of what happened is Mercer said to Trump, “We’ll help you, but you have to take Bannon as your campaign chief. You’ve got to take Kellyanne Conway and these other people who are basically Mercer protégés.”
And so we know that there was this connection. So what happened in Kenya, which I’m only beginning to delve into, is that the Supreme Court there said there are so many really unanswered and problematic questions, we’re going to throw the election out and redo it. We have no such provision in our country. And usually we don’t need it.”
The data company mines both online data and individual psychometric profiles in order to personalize political messaging and communicate with both supporters and undecided voters.
While speaking Hilary Clinton said that she was probing what happened with Kenya’s election, and why the supreme court decided to call the election “invalid.”
International observers who were quick to stamp Kenyatta’s victory including US State Department head John Kerry have faced a lot of criticism with some going so far as to say that they moved “fast to sanitize fraud.”
President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party was alleged to have hired Cambridge Analytica in a bid to win a second term, and the company was accused of being behind the anti-Odinga attack ads that appeared online. There was also a huge amount of fake news being shared on social networks as Kenya’s annulled election had drawn closer.
Hilary Clinton also showed a little jealousy for Kenya’s constitution which allowed the courts to overturn results. She said that the US didn’t have a mechanism like that yet.