As Kenyans train their focus on the shocking details of ’23 minutes con game’ at the Harambee Annex Office, which hosts the office of the Deputy President, they may have missed the main point.
Apparently, Ruto is no ordinary DP; Ruto is ‘obsessed’ with taking over power from President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022, and he is preparing to violently subdue his critics if elected Kenya’s fifth President.
Former CS Rashid Echesa was not procuring the equipment for the Government, but for DP Ruto in preparation of the 2022 succession matrix.
Ruto’s trip to South Sudan recently has been unmasked too; he is assembling and preparing an opposition army that will unleash terror on those who will oppose him.
The equipment in question has been rated as highly sophisticated and dangerous by security analysts.
Not only would they be able to conduct a vast network of digital and physical espionage, but they would also be able to filter, collect, and analyze staggering volumes of data flowing across the internet, and includes an advanced algorithmic surveillance system with facial and voice recognition.
In the wrong hands, such a system could be used to remotely alter government records, manipulate electioneering, exploit electronic banking, adjust tax records or conduct sabotage of untold proportions.
Such deals are usually done at high-level government to government contracting and not with civilians merely providing in-country logistical support.
Unknown to Echesa and his co-accused, they have been on the radar of Kenyan and US authorities for several months.
The American Federal Bureau of Investigation agents based in Nairobi were reportedly keenly following the case which has led to suspicion that the equipment, highly advanced integrated communication and security surveillance arsenal, which includes unmanned aerial vehicles, was intended to eavesdrop on the regional intelligence community.
Other sources intimated that Echesa, who is widely believed to be the front of DP Ruto, was using Kenya as a conduit for brokering illicit arms to aid themselves and facilitate groups that are planning to execute a coup d’état in 2022 should Ruto fail to win the presidency.
The case drew specific interest following confirmed reports of Kenyan officials engaging in cross border contraband trading and illicit arms transfer especially between lawless Somalia and Southern Sudan.
Echesa’s case is reminiscent of another similar one in September 2008 when a band of Somali pirates made a shocking discovery inside a Ukrainian ship they had just hijacked in the Gulf of Aden. The MV Faina was found packed with sophisticated weapons, including 32 Soviet-era battle tanks.
According to several secret US State Department cables made public by WikiLeaks, the tanks were not only headed to Southern Sudan, then under UN sanctions, but they were also the latest instalment of several underground arms shipments made by unscrupulous Kenyan businessmen.
By the time the freighter was seized by the pirates, up to 67 T-72 tanks and an unknown number of rocket launchers had already been delivered to Juba to bolster Southern Sudan’s armed forces against the government in Khartoum, then an international pariah for its human rights abuses in Darfur.
A source at Ulinzi House (KDF Headquarters) reported that the documentation seized by sleuths in Echesa’s car were not issued by the KDF, a development which has raised serious questions touching on national and regional security.
In a statement on Monday, the State Department for Defense explicitly denied the existence of such a deal and said none of its officers had met nor negotiated with Echesa or officials of Eco Advanced Technologies.
On his part, a spokesman for DP Ruto was at pains to disassociate the Office of the Deputy President from Echesa. All evidence suggests that Ruto knew about the deal.
Officers from the Kenyan National Intelligence Service were understandably gathering more information on Echesa, including examining evidence that Echesa was used by persons not before the court to procure equipment for building a parallel intelligence system in order to circumvent State surveillance.
Investigators believe Echesa is a puppet in a major arms-dealing, extortion and money laundering transnational organised crime cartel which could be operating in several countries in the region.
Echesa has in past been implicated in a human trafficking case.