The ball started rolling at around 10:30 am on Sunday when Nairobi Regional Police Commander James Mugera told journalists they had received a tip-off that some servers were being moved to an unknown location.
Immediately DCI officers invaded an office located on the ninth floor of the Transnational Plaza building within the central business district and recovered two servers belonging to Lanstar Technologies.
During the raid, police found a poster on the office’s wall showing that the servers were being used by Amaco Insurance for its internal investigations.
Amaco Insurance company is owned by the Deputy President of Kenya, Dr. William Samoei Ruto.
Further investigations revealed that the office belonged to Mr. Abdullahi Abdi Mohammed who owns a Nairobi-based technology startup called Seamless Technologies. Mr. Mohammed also took part in the 2017 disputed Kenyan elections as a digital observer for the European Union.
Shortly thereafter DCI Director Mr. Kinoti disputed Mr. Chebukati’s claims that the Venezuelans arrested on Thursday were either IEBC or Smartmatic staff. In a statement released to the public, Kinoti said the three Venezuelans were in the country at the sole invitation of Abdullahi Abdi Mohamed.
No records exist anywhere showing that IEBC contracted Abdullahi Abdi Mohammed for any consultative work.
Why Chebukati was trying to defend the foreigners and claiming they were employees of Smartmatic International BV, when they are not, made the detectives dig further and guess what they found?
Under interrogation, Jose Gregorio Carmago, who was arrested at JKIA on Thursday, told police that the stickers were supposed to be picked by one Paul Wachanga Mugo and another man identified only as Javien.
A leading national daily has since revealed that Paul Wachanga Mugo is the same person that opposition chief Raila Odinga indicted together with Mr. Boniface Wamae to have used Mr. Chebukati’s password to access IEBC servers and alter the disputed 2017 election results.
The 17 rolls of electoral materials found in Carmago’s luggage were stickers meant to brand KIEMS kits. An additional role was found to be blank. The stickers were found with names of various polling stations which approximately numbered 10, 000.
The stickers were for Nairobi (3), Kiambu (2), Nakuru (2, Meru (2, Murang’a (1), Bomet (1), Nyeri (1), Tharaka Nithi (1), Nyandarua (1), Kericho and one extra unprinted roll.
By Monday morning police are yet to ascertain where 15 other rolls of KIEMS kit branding stickers brought into the country earlier by Carmago’s two accomplices have disappeared to, and whether other electoral material could have found its way into the country secretively disguised as personal luggage.