Top Kenya election official found tortured, dead

The man in charge of Kenya’s computerised voting system has been found dead just days before the August 8th elections.

Chris Msando, an electoral commission IT manager, had gone missing on Friday. “There was no doubt he was tortured and murdered,” said IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati.

Tension is high as the presidential election is expected to be a close race between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and long-time opponent Raila Odinga.

Police said on Monday that the bodies of Msando and an unidentified woman had been found in the Kikuyu area on the outskirts of Nairobi and taken to the city mortuary.

“The only question in our mind is who [killed him] and why he was killed a few days to elections,” the AFP news agency quotes Chebukati as saying.

Daily Nation reported that Msando was found with visible injuries in the back and left side of his head and on his belly. Both hands had cut wounds and the right forearm was broken.

The neck also had many injuries, pointing to possible strangling and bludgeoning.

Msando had been making regular appearances on Kenyan media to reassure the public that the electronic voting system he had helped develop could not be hacked nor count duplicate votes. During the last election, the electronic system failed and there were accusations the result had been rigged.