KENYA: Senior Election Official Brutally Murdered

  • Chris Msando. Source: Reuters

After chilling allegations by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) that the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is plotting to use the army to rig the 8th August 2017 presidential election, Kenya has been gripped by more anxiety and anguish. The ICT Manager of the country’s electoral agency, Chris Msando, was found brutally murdered and stripped naked on Monday. His limbs were chopped off.

Mr. Msando, an IT geek and the face of Kenya’s electronic voting system went missing on Friday, according to the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Mr. Wafula Chebukati. Family members told journalists that they gathered reports that his body was taken to City Mortuary on Saturday.

Many Kenyans and political leaders believe he is a victim of a political assassination by people interested in infiltrating the poll agency’s system for the purposes of election rigging. Both UK and US governments, through their ambassadors to Kenya, have offered to assist in investigations to unravel the cause of the cold blood killing as the opposition NASA point an accusing finger at the President Kenyatta-led government.

The heart-rending murder has agitated the Kenyan electorate at a time peace campaigns are on course to influence the masses against a bloodbath that have riddled past elections.

This blood-thirstiness must stop in our country. We cannot be a laughing stock in the world every election year!” shouted a man on Kimathi Street in downtown Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city.

Presidential elections in the country have always been marred by violence, precipitated by doubts on the partiality of the election agencies and use of brute force by the state. It has led to indictment of Kenyan politicians, including President Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, by the International Criminal Court (ICC) The cases have been shelved.