Kenyan election IT head Chris Msando found dead

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40774938

The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system has been found dead just days before the 8 August elections.

Chris Msando, an electoral commission IT manager, had gone missing on Friday.

“There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said the commission’s chairperson, Wafula Chebukati.

Tension is high as the presidential election is expected to be a close race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opponent Raila Odinga.

Police said on Monday that the bodies of Mr Msando and an unidentified woman had been found in the Kikuyu area on the outskirts of Nairobi and taken to the city mortuary.

Mr Chebukati, chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said: “In our mind as a commission, the only issue is who killed him and why, and that is the question that must be answered.”

Mr Chebukati demanded that the government provide security for all of his staff. He is now being protected around-the-clock, local media report, with six more police officers assigned to protect him from Monday.

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

Mr Msando had only been on the job for two months, having taken over after his predecessor was suspended for refusing to cooperate with an audit firm which was cleaning the voters’ register.

His death will do little to assuage growing concerns about the IEBC’s election preparedness and questions about its credibility.

On Twitter, his name and #RIPMsando are trending, with many expressing shock and disgust at what to them looks like a targeted elimination.

This news also comes at a time when the government has denied allegations by opposition parties that it is planning to deploy the military to swing the election to its favour.

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.

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/Chris-Musando-tortured/1056-4039504-34w2c6/index.html

Slain Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT Manager Chris Msando died a painful death.

A cursory look at his remains, now at Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi, reveals a possible struggle with his killers, who overpowered, hit and finished him.

The body has visible injuries in the back and left side of his head and on his belly.

Both hands have cut wounds and the right forearm is broken.

His face has no injury but fresh blood was oozing from the nose by Monday mid-morning.

The neck also had many injuries, pointing to possible strangling and bludgeoning by the death squad.

IEBC Chairman  Wafula Chebukati on Monday viewed Mr Msando’s body and said it was clear “he had been tortured”.

He termed the death as “murder” even as he agreed that a post-mortem had to be carried out to determine the cause of his death.

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“The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system has been found dead just days before the 8 August elections. Chris Msando, an electoral commission IT manager, had gone missing on Friday. “There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said the commission’s chairperson, Wafula Chebukati.”

to me it appears somebody wanted the encryption codes to his voting software..and tortured him to get it..or somebody wanted it to look like he was tortured for something..either way its his job and the proximity to the election that have brought about his demise..

401

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~ by seeker401 on August 2, 2017.

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