Kenyan election IT head found dead

Aaron Brown
August 3, 2017

Chris Msando was found dead days before the election in Kenya.

On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the provision of security for all IEBC officials, presidential candidates and their running mates.

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Mr. Odinga and Mr. Kenyatta are neck-and-neck in polls ahead of next week's election.

Police have launched investigations into the cold murder of the man believed to be key to electronic vote transmission in the General Election slated for August 8.

Mr. Msando's body is now at Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi.

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Police found his Land Rover Discovery near a shopping centre early yesterday.

It was unclear why it took 48 hours for the body to be identified. His left arm had been broken and he had been tortured and shot. She too had been shot.

The body of senior Kenyan election official Christopher Chege Msando was discovered this week on the outskirts of Nairobi, showing signs of torture, according to police.

"I extend my most honest condolences to the family of the deceased as well as the management and staff of the IEBC on the loss of their loved one and colleague", Faki said in a statement to the press on Wednesday. Despite the events that have unfolded, some are remaining hopeful for a fair and credible election.

The close race, the murder, and a history of malfunctions of election equipment have raised tensions in Kenya and provoked a storm of speculation on social media. The United States and Britain have offered to assist Kenya in the investigation.

"This is a brutal murder of our employee and we are demanding to know who killed him and why", Mr Chebukati said.

He had been due to meet colleagues later that day. A statement by IEBS chair, Wafula Chebukati, said Chris Musando was last seen on Friday night. "The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections", Chebukati told reporters.

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