The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland Yard have offered to help the Kenyan government fish out IEBC deputy director for ICT, Chris Msando’s killers.
United States ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and his British counterpart, High Commissioner Nic Hailey in a joint statement said they have offered their assistance to the government in the ongoing investigation.
“It is critical that Kenya have free, fair credible and peaceful elections,” the countries said in a joint statement.
They condemned the killing of the electoral body’s technology chief and said they welcomed the government’s commitment to investigate the crime.
DCI boss Ndegwa Muhoro has, meanwhile, called for calm and promised to deliver justice.
“We are speculating a lot and pointing fingers to the wrong direction but we have professional investigators who are following up all leads to unravel the killing,” Muhoro said in Eldoret.
IG Joseph Boinnet put together a Special DCI Homicide Team to look into the matter.
Christopher Chege Msando was responsible for the entire body of electoral data that is the basis of next month’s election, including the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS), including voter identity, verification, results transmission and the entire electronic tallying process.
The half-naked body of Mr. Msando was identified on Monday at City Mortuary, three days after he was reported missing by his boss, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati in a press statement on Sunday morning.
Msando’s wife, Elsa Auma, also reported the same at the Embakasi Police Station.
His body was taken to the mortuary by a vehicle from Kikuyu Police Station at 11.20am on Saturday and booked as an unidentified African male after it was discovered in a thicket in Nguriunditu area in Kikuyu.
The naked body of a woman was found near his body and also taken to the mortuary. She has been identified as Caro Ngumbu from Gachie, Kiambu County.
The 21-year-old had just completed her studies at the Karen campus of Kenya Medical Training College and was due to graduate in December. She had told her sister Jedida on Friday at around 7 pm that she was going out for drinks with Msando.
NASA has released a statement condemning the assassination and asked the government to bring Chris Msando’s killers to justice.
They condoled with his wife, family and loved ones in the press statement saying the heinous murder was meant to subvert democracy in the country.
“Chris Msando’s brutal killing was an attempt to drive a dagger into the heart of the forthcoming election, and indeed a dagger into the heart of Kenyan democracy. But we are totally confident that this terrible crime will accomplish the opposite and strengthen all Kenyans’ will to demand a free, fair and credible election,” read the statement in part.
“Despite our grave concern about the implications of this murder and other recent developments, NASA would like to re-emphasize and reiterate its commitment to participate in the general election on 8th August.”
They urged the IEBC Commissioners to soldier on and redouble their determination to provide Kenyans with the most transparent election in history.