IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando was strangled to death — Postmortem Report

JOHN CHESOLI

The presidential race is very close: Opposition leader Raila Odinga is favoured by 49 percent of voters compared with President Uhuru Kenyatta's 48 percent, according to a poll of 5,000 Kenyans across 47 counties released on Tuesday by Infotrak Research and Consulting.

The mutilated body of Chris Msando, acting director for Information and Communications Technology at the commission overseeing the highly anticipated August election, was found in a forest near the capital less than ten days ahead of the vote.

With only a week to the election, this is no doubt another testing time for Kenya and it can only emerge from this tense moment by holding credible elections and arresting and prosecuting Mr Msando's killers.

As the investigations continue, President Kenyatta called for unity.

In April 2015 the Islamist al-Shabaab crossed the border from neighboring Somalia and attacked a university in Garissa, killing 148 people.

Despite speculation to the contrary, indicators were that Kenya's 2017 election, while highly contentious, would not rise to the level of violence experienced in 2007. In 2013, electronic voting machines suffered widespread malfunctions, but Odinga took his complaints to court, which dismissed them.

Those who visited the City Mortuary and Lee Funeral Home also claimed Msando may have been tortured before he was killed.

Police found his Land Rover Discovery near a shopping centre early yesterday. His body was not identified until Monday, July 31.




Kenyan newspaper The Star reports that Mr. Msando's body was found with one arm missing.

"We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the entire IEBC team", said Mr. Godec, in a statement.

He said the IEBC was in mourning but would deliver a free, fair and peaceful election come August 8.

Chiloba now says that every ballot paper issued will have to be accounted for in a polling day diary with the Kenya Integrated Management System (KIEMS) gadget deployed to every polling center occasionally updating IEBC on the voter turnout against total registered members in the center. The United States and Britain have offered to assist Kenya in the investigation.

Wafula Chebukati is the chairman of the IEBC.

He had been due to meet colleagues later that day. "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.

Her mother, Alice Nduruka yesterday told the Nation that Carol was awaiting graduation this December.

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