By Watchdog reporter

Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) has acquired surveillance systems worth $9.3m to monitor social media and mobile phones during this year’s elections.

The body says the surveillance is meant to prevent the repeat of the 2007/2008 post election violence in which 1,500 people were killed and 600,000 displaced.

Numerous African countries, including Uganda, have blocked the internet during elections citing security concerns and spread of misinformation.