Kenyan IT Head That Led Computerizing Election Found Dead



The inspector general of the National Police Service, Joseph Boinnet, said in a statement that Msando's body had been discovered earlier but was identified Monday.

The race for the presidential polls between President Uhuru Kenyatta and longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga has been bad-tempered and tight.

The bodies of the election official and an unidentified woman were found on the outskirts of the city on Saturday, according to The Star newspaper.

The postmortem results revealed that Msando was strangled to death by his killers. "When we go to the elections, we need to vote for people who will not watch as innocent people are killed", George Kegora, one of the organizers of the protest and the executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), said.

Mr. Chebukati demanded a thorough investigation into the murders and asked the government to provide security to IEBC employees in the run-up to the election.

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.

Information Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, has threatened to revoke media houses' licenses if they broadcast live the results announced by the electoral commission.

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Faki further reaffirmed the African Union's support for the sake of democratic, credible and peaceful elections.

"Even as the investigation gets on its way, we remind the state of its duty to take whatever necessary measures it finds possible to secure the safety of IEBC commissioners and all its staff", Kegoro said.

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.

Wafula Chebukati, the electoral commission chairman, said he was crucial to the running of the vote scheduled for 8 August.

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.

Recent months have seen reports of voter intimidation and violence, which has displaced people from where they are registered to vote.