UNDP IT specialist accused of being ‘ghost user’ in Malawi elections case

An information technology specialist working for the United Nations Development (UNDP) is being suspected as the ‘ghost user’ that stands accused of hacking into Malawi Electoral Commission’s system and approving votes in the May 21 elections.

UNDP IT specialist Joel Jaisi

Presenting his testimony in the Constitutional Court, Daud Suleman, who was the sixth and last witness for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, claimed an unauthorized user entered the MEC system and unliterary approved over 4,000 of MEC’s 5,002 polling centre results, thus electing Peter Mutharika president.

Suleman, an information technology (IT) expert, made a simulation of the elections results management system in court, explaining and demonstrating how data was manipulated in the system.

Although Suleman did not point fingers at any individual, reports that have pointed to UNDP IT specialist Joel Jaisi as the ‘ghost user’ that hacked into the MEC system.

An ICT security expert who talked to Nyasa Times on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said all fingers point to Jaisi.

“Jaisi is the one who wrote the [RMS] application himself but he did not provide a manual and documentation on how it works. Which is not only suspect but also unprofessional. He is the one that set up and implemented the system and he knows it inside out.  Muhabi Chisi and his boys at MEC have no idea how this system works. If there was any information that was deleted from the RMS, Jaisi knows everything,” said the expert.

Another source corroborated this storyline, pointing to the fact that lawyer Frank Mbeta who is defending President Peter Mutharika in the case occasionally went out of court during last session to consult with Jaisi.

“The lawyer was receiving texts messages from Jaisi who was guiding him on what to do and say in court,” he said.

The source, who is working closely with one of the parties on the court case, told Nyasa Times that the reason why UNDP might be holding on to the audit report is to hide the mess that has been created by one of their own.

“Actually, the plan all along was that they would set-up the VPN in the court as per the request by Suleman but allow Jaisi to access it remotely and change whatever he had to. Unfortunately, they were dealt an underhand blow when Suleman asked the court to disconnect the connection so that the server could not be accessed remotely. That was the killer blow,” said the source.

Th source further challenged Nyasa Times that MEC’s IT director Chisi has no clear understanding of how the RMS works.

“The RMS is purely Jaisi’s work. He is the RMS man. And he has been the one running the show as the ghost user. If you do not believe me, let’s wait and see how Chisi will perform during his testimony,” he said.

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SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
11 months ago

How many Ghost workers were there? When Suleman was being examined a Polytechnic IT Lecturer and IT expert was accused and his name was revealed. Now there is this name that is coming out again a UNDP IT expert, whose name seems not to be Malawian, and what interest does a foreigner have in Rigging our votes here? if that is the case we have useless and hopeless computer experts who dont know what they are saying.

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
11 months ago
Reply to  SAUNDERS

Kani ndi “ghost IT” tsopano. Simungaganize pa nokha? Olo nzukwa weniweni nchapafupi kuwuona? Mwina ndinu sing’angatu kapena?
Ever heard of “Psychic detectives?” It requires rigorous efforts to uncover such evil work, in fact even a commission of inquiry sometimes.

Kaisi wa ku Mangochi.
11 months ago
Reply to  Fake Petros

Jaisi is not foreign. We have those names ku eastern region. Umbuli basi

Iantana
Iantana
11 months ago

This News needs proper and careful analysis..if not careful wrong people may be hated for no reason.. ndikuona ena ake akufuna kuithawa nkhaniyi..but my little ICT Knowledge titafuna kumupeza ghost user atha kupezeka bwinobwino

Da Rookie who keeps it real

To avoid messing up the case with hearsay and all that, just make sure the system is secure and nobody tampers with it remotely or physically on site.

Nematodes
11 months ago

…castrate him

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
11 months ago

First you said Mayamiko Nkoloma, now you are saying Joel Jaisi. When you lose you shall tell the truth that Daudi himself was the ghost user who failed to accomplish his mission.

daph
daph
11 months ago
Reply to  Ndendeuli

nkoloma was adding from Thyolo and Mulanje, while Jaisi was the one entering and subtracting votes.

tung'ande
tung'ande
11 months ago

i think MCP wants to enlist people to recieve anger from the people. They mentioned one brilliant chap at poly and now they are at UNDP. Sulemani claimed that some data was deleted in an attempt to arouse people anger because he knew that all what he was pesenting to court was total rubbish and wanted to save face. Only a useless court will accept such evidence as coming from a proffesional

Jenala
Jenala
11 months ago
Reply to  tung'ande

Very true brother. Suleiman claimed data was deleted, fine. Atamufusa kuti kodi deleted data yo anali mavoti?? Suleiman amangoti data data data data, kulephera kuyankha.

Mtete
11 months ago
Reply to  tung'ande

Was it MCP which implicated Nkoloma? I thought all that was fake news; heresay?

Maluwa
11 months ago
Reply to  tung'ande

They even mentioned someone by the name of Ebony Msikaanthu; these ppo only want to bring hatred among citizen

joseph
joseph
11 months ago

BIG QUESTION TO ALL PARTIES AND ELECTORAL STAKEHOLDERS WHO WERE ATTENDING MEETINGS WAS THE SYSTEM CERTIFIED WHO CERTIFIED IF NO THEN YOU WERE NOT SERIOUS.LOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE EXEPERTS IN ELECTORAL STUDIES.THEY WILL TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED IN USA CANANA AUSTRALIA.VUTO MUMANGOTUMIZA MA SECRETARY GENERAL PAMENE ZA BIOMETRIC VOTING SYSTEM SAIDZIWA NO KNOWLEDGE HOW CAN SUCH PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE.ADVISE.PLEASE. ENGAGEMENT,CONSULTATION,EXPLORATION,READING, SEARCHING ,RESEARCHING ISSUES TO SUCH MEETINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT.

chife
chife
11 months ago

Join the discussion…Malawi moto

Geek
Geek
11 months ago

What am wondering is this, Did they let only one guy( jaisi) to develop such big and important system. Such important system are supposed to be developed by very big and experienced IT companies ( for auditing and certification) . Unless something fishy was happening from the very start.. If the story is true. The public should know how the system was procured … We can start from there to see how if the system was intentionally weak. Thank you.

Kandulu
Kandulu
11 months ago
Reply to  Geek

I can’t agree more.

chataika
chataika
11 months ago
Reply to  Geek

That is a total lie that Jaisi himself can develop such a system. Kodi MCP ndi UTM remember APM said za akuluakulu izi mwachepa! U are failing to prove a point on how APM rigged the elections as u claim. Take note out of 44 electroal cases 33 have been won by MEC due to lack of evidence so just wait this is what gona happen with this presidential case. U wanted to distabilize the country but God still watches over it just imagine how IMF, EU, etc are now pumping money. Cant you be ashamed that despite all the… Read more »

tizanka
tizanka
11 months ago

So now the ghost user is no longer Nkoloma? kkkk Mukupengatu guys, fake news yalezela

John Gray Gufa
John Gray Gufa
11 months ago
Reply to  tizanka

Losers are desperate to find a reason for their failure and are smearing shit to every Jim and Jack

daph
daph
11 months ago
Reply to  tizanka

both are ghost users. jaisi was subtracting while, nkoloma was the one adding from thyolo and mulanje.

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