Kenya election official found dead just days before vote

Msando was found dead Monday after going missing Friday.

Msando was in charge of managing information technology systems at the electoral commission.

"Justice for Msando means Kenyans can only honour him by participating in the August 8 polls in large numbers to express their democratic right that he worked tirelessly to try and secure", IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said.

The audit, scheduled for Monday, was cancelled, Chebukati said. Meanwhile, the USA and United Kingdom have offered to help Kenyan investigators in getting to the bottom of the matter and nab the killers.

Mahamat further urged parties, candidates and their supporters to refrain from all acts of violence and intimidation that could derail the peaceful conduct of the 2017 elections.

Kenyatta has repeatedly denied accusations leveled by the opposition that he wants to use force to rig the elections.

"Chris [Msando], on television last week, assured Kenyans that they need not worry about the Kenya Integrated Electronic [Elections] Management System [KIEMS], as he was sure it would work", Mudavadi said.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered for speedy investigations into the murder of IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando and a female companion Carol Ngumbu.

"This is someone who was involved in a critical component of the elections - the electronic infrastructure".

Public confidence in the possibility of a truly free and fair election was already low, but this murder significantly undermines it.

He is facing longtime rival and opposition leader Raila Odinga in an increasingly-close race.

Odinga said fraud robbed him of victory in the past two elections.

"The murder has jeopardised Kenyan's faith in the credibility of the electoral process", Musalia Mudavadi, an ally of Mr Odinga said, as he called for an worldwide expert to oversee electronic vote-counting systems.

In 2007, he called for street protests after vote counting was abruptly stopped and a victor announced.

And analysts are warning more violence could be coming, reports AP.

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

  • Rogelio Becker