Kenya's Election IT Boss Shot Dead

  • Kenya's Election IT Boss Shot Dead

Kenya's Election IT Boss Shot Dead

The body of Chris Msando, IT director of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was found with an arm missing on Sunday, in a forest on the outskirts of the capital Nairobi just over a week before Kenyan elections, police said.

In a sign of public jitters, Kenya's military spokesman was forced to go on national television on Tuesday evening and deny reports he was missing.

The electoral commission chairman, Wafula Chebukati, has called the death a "brutal murder" and called for security for all commission staff.

Chebukati asked the government to provide security for all IEBC employees so Kenyans can have a free and fair election.

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

Otsieno Namwaya, Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, called for an urgent investigation, saying: "Msando's killing comes as the electoral management body was due to audit its systems, a week away from the election day".

Mr Msando had publicly sought to reassure voters that the election results would not be tampered with. Chebukati said they have postponed a test run of the technology scheduled for Monday because Msando was crucial in the process.

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta is locked in a tight race with Raila Odinga.

The U.S. and United Kingdom diplomats in Kenya said they are gravely concerned about Msando's death and offered the Kenyan government assistance to investigate the death.

Msando's death follows a mysterious attack at the home of deputy president William Ruto on Saturday, northwest of Nairobi.

Analysts have warned that violence might accompany the hotly contested August 8 vote in which Mr Kenyatta is running again.

As Kenyan elections draw closer, the country's head of the election commission has been shot dead.

Rashid Abdi, regional analyst at worldwide crisis group, also expressed fear that public confidence in the vote could be affected.

Odinga has said the last two elections were rigged. "None of them can afford to lose".

"He was the driving force in the ICT sector but he leaves behind a team at IEBC whom he has trained and will carry on his work", he stated.