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Kenya: Elections official found dead a week before elections

02 August, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Eva Buyu mourns her husband IEBC acting ICT director Chris Musando at City Mortuary

Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati met with protesters and said the commission is determined to do its job.

Msando was discovered dead in Kikuyu and his body taken to the City Mortuary on Saturday, July 30.

With only a week to the election, this is no doubt another testing time for Kenya and it can only emerge from this tense moment by holding credible elections and arresting and prosecuting Mr Msando's killers.

"The matter has been reported to the police and the commission together with family members is working closely with the police to establish his whereabouts", the IEBC said.

Chebukati asked the government to provide security for all IEBC employees so Kenyans can have a free and fair election.

Msando was one of a handful of officials who had the electoral commission's computer system passwords and knew the exact location of the servers to run the election.

Msando had helped seal loopholes that could be used to manipulate vote tallies, a source close to the IEBC told AFP.

"The timing of his torture and murder serves to undermine Kenya's election management body", he added as the group sang and held up banners denouncing the killing.

Last month, Kenya's main opposition leader Raila Odinga accused the IEBC of plotting to rig the election.

Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, has called for an "urgent" investigation into the murder.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said Tuesday on Twitter that investigations into Christopher Msando's killing should be allowed to "proceed calmly", and he warns against "careless speculation".

Mass violence erupted leaving more than 1,000 people dead following Kenya's 2007 disputed presidential election. In 2013, electronic voting machines suffered widespread malfunctions.

"Msando will reappear some day before or after voting and claim that his life is in danger and he had to go into hiding to protect the integrity of the elections".

The Star, a Kenyan newspaper, said he had given central police station officers reports of death threats.

Odinga's opposition alliance NASA condemned the "heinous murder" of Msando, saying in a statement they were "gravely concerned" about its implications.