Chris Msando IEBC IT manager died a painful death

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The scene where the body of Mr Msando was allegedly found. It’s in Kikuyu off Waiyaki Way, about 2km from the main road. The area is called Nguriunditu. Residents told the Nation that the body was picked up by police at around 10am on Saturday. PHOTO | BRIAN MOSETI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Chris Msando, the election board’s head of information, communication and technology, was found murdered on Monday. He had been tortured before he was killed, authorities said.

Msando oversaw the live transmission of election results, a contentious area that the opposition has said could be used to rig next Tuesday’s presidential and parliamentary polls.

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 close race, the murder, and a history of malfunctions of election equipment have raised tensions in Kenya and provoked a storm of speculation on social media.

“It is important that security agencies expedite investigations as a matter of utmost urgency,” John Githongo, a prominent anti-corruption campaigner, said during the march by about 25 protesters.

“The timing of his torture and murder serves to undermine Kenya’s election management body,” he added as the group sang and held up banners denouncing the killing.


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