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Uhuru finally Speaks On Cambridge Analytica’s Role in 2017 Elections

President Uhuru Kenyatta has for the first time talked about the alleged role of British data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) in last year’s General Election.
The president who was speaking to CNN denied ever meeting any of CA’s senior staff. His statement however contradicts his Jubilee Party’s position which last month admitted to having paid for the services from Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) — an affiliate of Cambridge Analytica.

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“I have no knowledge of any engagement whatsoever with Cambridge Analytica. I hear it on your news media,” Kenyatta told CNN’s Christian Amanpour on her show which aired on Friday night and yesterday morning.

When further probed on whether he knew or has ever met Cambridge Analytica’s managing director Mark Turnbull, the President denied.

“You need to just look at the speeches that we were making across the country and tell me what speech do you see there that has been written. Ninety nine percent of all speeches that I made during that period were off the cuff and I addressed over 700 political rallies in a period of seven months,” he said.

READ ALSO: Kalonzo Musyoka Mourns[PHOTO]

Mr Turnbull had in an expose aired by British Channel 4 last month boasted how he met Kenyatta. Jubilee Party chairman David Murathe agreed they hired the services of CA but not for voter manipulation. “They were basically branding and all that but not directly,” said Mr Murathe on March 21.
Yesterday however, videos shared on multiple You Tube channels by third parties about Kenyatta’s interview with CNN had been edited to clean out the parts where he was taken to task about Cambridge Analytica’s role in Kenya’s election.

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