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Mourners criticise state for delay in probing Chris Msando’s murder

The state’s delayed inquiry into the brutal murder of the electoral agency’s
ICT manager, Chris Msando, yesterday sparked sharp criticism from
mourners during his requiem mass.

Relatives, friends and political leaders from Nyanza questioned why
the government is taking too long to bring culprits to justice.

His widow Eva
Buyu said she will not relent in demanding answers on what transpired
on July 28 when Msando went missing. He was found dead the following
day.

“I
don’t know where to start. Let justice be our shield and defender.
Vengeance is of the Lord and I believe God will fight this battle for
us,” she said.

Buyu said Msando was fully dedicated to
his family and to the entire country.

“Chris’
death will not go in vain, we have refused. This is wrong. Things
will never be the same again but I will always treasure the life I
have lived with you,” she said.

Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o urged Kenyans to “change the
current political system” in a bid to eradicate extra-judicial
killings.

He described Msando as a devoted patriot who was focused on
ensuring that this year’s polls were free, fair and justifiable.

“Msando’s
legacy can only last forever if we remove this political system
because Kenyans should not die after every five years. We should
deliver this country from this form of oppression and enhance
democracy. May God be with Baby Samantha and Msando,” he said.

Ugunja
MP Opiyo Wandayi said, “We must ask who sent those people to murder
Msando because they stood to benefit after the execution. We are also
in darkness on what happened to the offer by UK and US into the
investigations”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta had early this month urged politicians
to stop speculating on the Msando’s murder and allow the relevant
authorities to carry out a thorough probe.

“It
is appropriate to let those institutions handle the investigation so
as to bring the doers of this foul deed to justice. Careless
speculation at this time of grief only makes the work of
investigators harder, and it only adds to the pain of those who loved
him,” he said.

Independent
Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati
remembered the former IT expert for quickly re-organising the
commission in readiness for the General Election.

He said Msando was steadfast in offering civic education to
Kenyans and instilling confidence in them on the electoral
technology.

“We
missed you during the electioneering process but we assured that in
your memory, we upheld what you lived for,” Chebukati
said.

He was with IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba.

It
is still unclear whether the government accepted the offer by
America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s Scotland
Yard in assisting to investigate Msando’s murder.

All
election observers called for a speedy probe into his mysterious
murder.

The
body of 21-year-old Carol Ngumbu from Gachie, Kiambu county, was
found alongside that of Msando. The two bodies were discovered at
Muguga Forest in Kikuyu on July 29.

Mourners
were allowed to view Msando’s body outside the church. He will be buried
today at Lifunga Kobiero village, Ugenya, Siaya county.

Msando is survived by his widow and five children.

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