KENYA: Murders, and Tough Questions

  • Eva Buyu, the wife of slain ICT Manager. Source: facebook

“I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to tell you. All I have is why? Why?” were the words of a crestfallen Eva Buyu, the wife of Chris Msando, the ICT Manager of Kenya’s election agency, brutally killed a week to the 8th August, 2017 election. Grief-stricken mourners, who included political leaders could not hold back tears.

“Kenyans, it is very painful, but it is just a matter of time, justice will someday prevail. Rest at peace my husband.” She added.

Chris Msando’s gruesome killing continues to be the subject of debate as credibility of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is put to question. The country’s main opposition coalition the National Super Alliance (NASA) has refused to accept the results of presidential election showing President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner, arguing state agencies masterminded the murder of Msando to gain access to IEBC’s electronic system to rig election.

“There is no reason for a killer to investigate himself.” A furious Raila Odinga, NASA’s presidential candidate, told mourners on the ongoing investigation by the security agencies. No one has been prosecuted even though the police say they are holding some suspects.

But more cold blood killings seem to stalk the electoral agency. On the day Chris Msando was being buried on 19th August, 2017, another official was found murdered, her body mutilated. The body of Caroline Odinga, the Deputy Presiding Officer in Siaya County, the same area where Msando was being buried, was found in a thicket in Sega, her home village.

The opposition has moved to court to challenge Kenyatta’s re-election as the latter maintains he won fair and square.  About 30 people have reportedly been killed following protests sparked by the announcement of presidential election results.