Kenyan Electoral Official Murdered Days Before National Vote

Jerome Frank
August 2, 2017

Electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati met with protesters and said the commission is determined to do its job. "I demand from the government that they provide security for all employees of IEBC, for us to give Kenyans a free and fair election", Chebukati said.

Caro's sister Jedida Wanjiku said, they last talked on phone at around 7pm, when Caro Ngumbu told her she was going to have a few drinks with Mr Msando.

"We view this incident as a crime of grave proportions", said Boinnet.

Chris Msando, the election board's head of information, communication and technology, was found murdered on Monday.

Msando led a key project in the IEBC to use biometric technology to identify voters and electronic transmission of results.

As IT manager for the IEBC, Mr. Msando was tasked with overseeing the commission's electronic voting system, which is supposed to eliminate voter fraud.

Chebukati said a test run of the technology had been planned for Monday but it was postponed as Msando played a crucial role in the process.

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Tensions have risen in Kenya ahead of the presidential election, a bad-tempered and tight race between President Uhuru Kenyatta and longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenyans are scheduled to vote in legislative and presidential elections on August 8.

Msando's death follows a mysterious attack at the home of deputy president William Ruto on Saturday in Eldoret, northwest of Nairobi. Police said the intruder had attacked a guard at the gate with a machete and taken his gun, which he used to kill another police guard.

Analysts have warned that further violence could accompany the election in which Kenyatta is running again. Political protests and ethnic violence killed more than 1,200 people.

Rashid Abdi, regional analyst at global crisis group, also expressed fear that public confidence in the vote could be affected. A former government official turned whistleblower, John Githongo, said there was plenty of reason to believe Msando's death was related to the election. "None of them can afford to lose".

Another concern is the threat from the al-Shabab extremist group based in neighboring Somalia.

The FBI and Scotland Yard may be brought in to investigate the murder of an election official in Kenya and a woman he was thought to be having an affair with, just days before the country's general election.

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