Top Kenya election official 'tortured and murdered'


The man in charge of Kenya's electronic voting system was found dead days before citizens will cast their ballots for president on August 8.

Musando went missing on Friday and later his body was found dumped in a bush in Kikuyu. The vehicle Musando was driving when he was last seen was found at a parking lot in Nairobi early Monday morning, the Star newspaper reported, citing Kenyan police.

A police officer, who spoke to Anadolu Agency at the Nairobi mortuary on condition of anonymity, confirmed that his body was found on Sunday.

Odinga's opposition alliance condemned the "heinous murder" of Msando, saying in a statement they were "gravely concerned" about its implications.

While 2013's polls were largely peaceful, Kenya remains traumatised by a disputed 2007 election, which Odinga claimed was rigged.

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More than 1,200 people were killed in ethnic, post-election violence in Kenya after a general election about 10 years ago. "We are demanding government provide security to all IEBC staff".

"All presidential candidates and their running mates also need to have security to avert any excuses of postponing the elections", President Kenyatta said during a Jubilee campaign rally.

He also warned that Msando's death "could damage voters' confidence on the commission unless the IEBC leadership comes out strongly to reassure the people".

Kenyatta has repeatedly denied accusations leveled by the opposition that he wants to use force to rig the elections.

Msando was the head of information, communication and technology for the electoral board, in charge of managing information technology systems.

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"There's no doubt that he was tortured and murdered", Wafula Chebukati, IEBC chairman, told journalists.

Before his murder, Mr. Msando announced that the system could not be hacked.

And analysts are warning more violence could be coming, reports AP.

"We are following certain crucial leads that we believe could lead to the eventual arrest and prosecution of the murderers", Boinnet said in a statement issued on Monday night.

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