Alexandra Phillips, a British Member of the European Parliament has admitted that she secretly worked with President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party during the 2017 general elections.
Philips, who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the South East England constituency in May 2019, was quoted by Channel 4 News saying that she was hired by British data-mining company Cambridge Analytica for the Kenya project.
She said she worked as a political communications consultant, where she was tasked with among other duties, writing Kenyatta’s speeches.
“I wasn’t working for Jubilee I was employed by Cambridge Analytica who had the contract with Jubilee. I was brought on as a political communications consultant for the Kenya project,” Channel 4 News quotes her as saying.
Ms. Phillips made the admission after months of denying that she worked for Cambridge Analytica. The data-mining company was on the spot over allegations of meddling in several elections across the world, including Kenya’s presidential poll in 2013 and 2017.
Phillips told Channel 4 News that her work was “so sensitive” that whenever she was asked what she was doing, she would say she was “an air hostess”.
“I’d be writing the president’s [Kenyatta] speeches and his talking points for rallies and State House statements. I trained their communications team; they’re all sort of journalists who came together to create a press office. So I had to train them up and daily management of that communications team,” she said.
Jubilee party in the past denied ever contracting Cambridge Analytica to help it in their campaigns but it admitted to hiring its (Cambridge Analytica) parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories to carry out some “branding” work.
“They were basically branding and all that but not directly,” former Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe said.
In an undercover film broadcast on Channel 4 News last year, former Cambridge Analytica Managing Director Mark Turnbull confirmed that the company worked for Jubilee.
“We have rebranded the party (Jubilee) twice, we have written their manifesto, done two rounds of 50,000 surveys, huge amounts of analysis, research, messaging. Then we’d write all the speeches and we’d stage the whole thing so just about every element of his campaign,” Turnbull said at the time.