By ABDULHAKIM SHERMAN
Kenyans have reacted with anger after it emerged that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT manager who went missing on Friday was brutally murdered.
Musando went missing after conducting an interview with a local TV station on Friday. IEBC and his family came out on Sunday, July 30, and announced that Msando was missing.
On Monday, July 31, Msando’s car was found parked in Roysambu area, Nairobi. Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria was the first to break the news of the discovery of the car.
Msando was scheduled to lead the simulations of IEBC crucial election results transmission equipment on Monday, July 31 at Bomas of Kenya before he went missing.
He 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), voter identity, verification, results transmission and the entire electronic tallying process.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, reacting to the death of Msando asked the police to boost security for senior officials of the electoral commission.
“There is no doubt he was tortured. The only question is who killed him and why,” Mr Chebukati told media at the City Mortuary.
He urged the government to get to the bottom of Msando’s sudden death, just a week away to the August 8 General Election if the polls are to be viewed as free and fair.
Reports have also emerged that Msando had received threats prior to his death, and had reported the matter to the police
Kenyans vilified Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, after he made a post on Facebook showing that Msando’s car had been found in Roysambu and he could be enjoying good time in the area with a woman.
“So this is Chris Musando’s vehicle right here at Roysambu. The idiot is enjoying good time with a woman,” a post indicated.
Kenyans on Twitter later attacked the Gatundu South MP over the Facebook post.
Lord MutaiVerified account @ItsMutai 1h1 hour ago
Moses Kuria, You shall fall. And all Kenyans should retweet this with anger. #RIPMsando. This election is a big joke! A farce!
Msando’s body was found on Saturday, July 29, in Kiambu county and taken to City Mortuary in Nairobi. His body was found along with that of an unidentified woman.
Those who served with him at the IEBC including Andrew Limo, Tabitha Mutemi and Ronnel Onchagwa described the late Msando as an eloquent person who exuded great passion and in-depth knowledge of technology.
The Nasa coalition strongly condemned the brutal murder of the ICT official terming it as inhumane and a ploy 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,” Mr Musalia Mudavadi who read the Nasa statement said.
Kenyans took to Twitter to express their view about Msando’s death: See below
Donald B Kipkorir @DonaldBKipkorir 25m25 minutes ago
@IEBCKenya &@ezraCHILOBA must come clean to Kenyans & tell us if the elections have been compromised.. Don’t let Kenya burn .. #RIPMsando
Lord MutaiVerified account @ItsMutai 14m14 minutes ago
Confirmed: Musando’s body was brought in on Saturday 11am by a Kiambu police officer who said he found the body in a forest. Today is Monday
#Ekuru4President2017 @EAukot 54m54 minutes ago
If i were @wchebukati i should refuse to supervise this election until I get answers on the killing of Msando #RIPMsando
#Ekuru4President2017 @EAukot 1h1 hour ago
Advise to @IEBCKenya: to avoid any loss of life please destroy the 1.2 million extra ballots at least in honour of Chris Msando #RIPMsando
#Ekuru4President2017 @EAukot 22m22 minutes ago
This election will be won by Kenyans who shall stand for the truth and only truth to ensure a FREE FAIR AND CREDIBLE elections #RIPMsando
Miss Muhoho Kenyatta @misssKenyatta 1h1 hour ago
Dear Kenyans, Our democracy must not be shaken… Let’s pay tribute to Chris Msando by doing the needful on NANE NANE. #RIPMsando
A Karani Onsomu @erwoti 1h1 hour ago
And you thought Biwott was worse? Chris Musando was executed by GoK mafia hell bent to clint to power by all means. #RIPMsando #RIPMusando
Washington Kirui @Washington_254 1h1 hour ago
I’m a kalenjin and I understand what is going on in our country. Kikuyus and kalenjins tufungue macho and vote this govt out #RIPMsando
Katebes Sadam Kibet @KatebesK 1h1 hour ago
Nobody deserves to die. Not even through a heated election. Haunt your killers Chris Msando
Charles Mark Dienya @MarkDienya 17m17 minutes ago
There is no doubt that he was Tortured and Murdered, the question is Who and Why – Wafula Chebukati #RIPMsando
Nelson Havi @NelsonHavi 4h4 hours ago
Company of female passenger is not a capital offense. GOK should drop that exhausted line and tell us who and why Chris Musando was killed.