An American and a Canadian who were working for the opposition NASA will be deported back to their countries by the Kenyan Government.
Mr John Aristotle Philips, the CEO of a US firm Aristotle Inc and a Canadian staffer were detained by Kenya police and are now facing forced exit from the country.
According to Brandi Travis, the Political Data and Software Chief Marketing Officer at Aristotle, the company has received the notice of the impending deportation of its CEO and staffer Andreas Katsouris.
She said that the two were helping Raila Odinga with issues including strategy and data analysis and had chosen to get involved in the Kenyan election because they thought it had the potential for irregularities.
“We pick our international campaigns very carefully,” Travis says. “Odinga was a candidate they really believed in.”
The two were arrested in an operation that saw the NASA national tallying center raided and equipment taken away.
The US embassy in Nairobi has also confirmed the reports of their deportation but could not provide further details,
“US Embassy Kenya and Canadian High Commissioner are in touch with Kenya government and one American and one Canadian detained [on] August 4. “They are safe and departing Kenya,” read a tweet by the US Embassy.
The Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed was unable to confirm the reports but said she would confirm them later.
NASA has accused the government of being behind the raid which left computer equipment strewn all over their offices.
During the raid, 20 computers, servers and mobile phones were taken from the facilities.
The gadgets were to be used in receiving results from across the country.
“This was not a robbery. It was not an assault but state sponsored terror carried out by a gestapo,” James Orengo said during a rally at Uhuru Park.
“We are talking about the military being involved in elections and now we can see how this is being carried out. The recruitment of that elite force needed characters who are regime friendly – who are friendly to this particular government, and who come from particular ethnic groups,” he added.
However, the Kenya police has denied being behind the attack.
“The allegations are not true and NASA has not yet reported the incident at any police station,” Police Spokesperson George Kinoti said in a statement
“These allegations are untrue and further wish to state that no such report of a burglary has been made to any police station,” he said.