Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leaders have called for an immediate investigation into the murder of the electoral commission’s ICT manager, Chris Msando.
Led by chairman John Mbadi, Senator Moses Kajwang’ (Homa Bay), MP Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town) and MP Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay woman pep) claimed that those behind the murder are not ready for the August 8 elections.
Speaking at Sindo trading centre in Suba South, Mr Mbadi said the killing should no be taken lightly.
“Mr Msando’s murder is political. His murderers must be arrested if the government wants Kenyans to have faith in its institutions,” Mr Mbadi said.
Mr Msando went missing on Friday evening, having last been seen at Anniversary Towers, the headquarters of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
On Monday, police said his body and that of an unidentified woman were found in Kikuyu, Kiambu County, and taken to City Mortuary.
Senator Kajwang’ claimed that there could be a plot by some people bent on planting seeds of terror to destroy public trust.
“…Is it a coincidence that the head of ICT suddenly dies one week to elections?” Mr Kajwang’ wondered.
Mr Kaluma said the government and the IEBC, led by Wafula Chebukati, should come clean on the murder.
Ms Wanga said that the murder should be investigated and the outcome be made public.
“The government must tell Kenyans who are behind the murder and make their investigations public,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto has asked the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to ensure that the investigations into the murder are handled with seriousness.
In a statement to media houses, Mr Ruto said it was sad that the death happened at a time when the manager was preparing to lead the IEBC ICT team in demonstrating how the election results would be transmitted.
The governor expressed his condolences to Mr Msando’s family.
“On my behalf and that of the people of Bomet County, I wish to send condolences to the family and friends of Msando and pray to God to give them strength to bear the loss,” Mr Ruto said.
Additional reporting by Ruth Mbula
His body and that of an unidentified woman found in a bush in Kikuyu.