By STELLA UKWUOMA
On Friday, July 28, Mr. Chris Msando, ICT Head of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) went missing. But by Sunday, July 30, not only had he been found but also confirmed dead.
The East African country, which has been preparing for national elections, will be going to the polls few days from now precisely on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Reports from Kenya state that Msando had appeared on television hours before his gruesome murder speaking on IEBC preparedness and determination towards delivering a free and fair election to Kenyans.
While results of local police investigations are awaited, both Britain and US through their representatives in the country have strongly condemned the murder and offered their support to Kenya government towards uncovering the perpetrators of the murder and reasons behind it.
The country’s presidential contest has been stiff between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, son of the country’s post-independence premier president, Jomo Kenyatta and Raila Odinga who has contested severally but has never been successful.
Mr. Msando who was in his 30s and in-charge of the electronic voting systems at Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was murdered alongside a 21 year old lady, Carol Ngumbu, whom he is alleged to be having an affair with.
In a bid to deliver credible elections, the IEBC had introduced a computer system – Kenya Integrated Elections Management System, which can identify voters, transmit results from outlying regions and tally up the final figures and the deceased election official was in-charge of the system.
Meanwhile, IEBC Chairman, Mr. Wafula Chebukati has also condemned the murders and demanded that government launch full investigation into who and why his colleague was killed adding that security should also be provided to election staff towards the election.
Prior to his Friday murder, Mr. Msando had reported several death threats to his life.