Kenyan election official Chris Msando 'tortured to death'

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 3, 2017

"He was strangled. Strangulation was the cause of the death", said Oduor, adding that Msando had a collapsed trachea, giving an indication the killers used bare hands, he added.

Kenya's electoral commission workers have been assured security after the killing of elections technology manager Christopher Chege Msando.

Msando's death was confirmed less than an hour before he was scheduled to oversee the test run of the live results transmission system in Nairobi on Monday.

Chris Msando was found dead in the forests outside Nairobi.

"There was no doubt that he was tortured and murdered", Wafula Chebukati, chair of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said on Wednesday.

But pathologist Johansen Odour was unable to confirm to CNN whether Msando died from torture, saying, "It could be in line with torture".

Police found his body and took it to the mortuary on Saturday, officials said.

The young girl's family however got anxious after the media announced that Chris Msando had been found dead alongside a woman...the late Maryanne Ngumbu's elder sister was convinced that the body must be of that of her sister as she had earlier mentioned they were stepping out for drinks.

In a joint statement, the United States and the United Kingdom said they were "gravely concerned" by the murder, calling for "free, fair, credible and peaceful elections" in Kenya.

He is facing longtime rival and opposition leader Raila Odinga in an increasingly close race. He was one of a handful of officials who had the electoral commission's computer system passwords and knew the exact location of the servers to run the election.

Otsieno Namwaya, an Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch, issued a statement urging Kenyan authorities to "urgently" investigate the circumstances surrounding Msando's death.

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