In Summary
  • Observers Marietje Schaake (European Union) and John Kerry (Carter Centre) also made reference to Mr Msando’s death.
  • Ms Schaake’s message was that everything surrounding his death has to be cleared.
  • Political analyst Joshua Kiptoo thinks the timing of the death created room for speculation.

Slain electoral commission manager Chris Msando was mentioned at least four times in various press conferences on election week, and that could point at how his ghost will lurk over the 2017 polls.

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga and Nairobi Woman Representative-elect Esther Passaris were the first to allege a nexus between his death and the outcome of the election.

In separate press conferences on Wednesday, they claimed that his murder was a precursor to manipulation of election results.

A day later, observers Marietje Schaake (European Union) and John Kerry (Carter Centre) also made reference to Mr Msando’s death just 10 days before he and other staff at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) could roll out a revolutionary General Election management system.

Ms Schaake’s message was that everything surrounding his death has to be cleared, lest inferences are made in future.

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“In the week before these crucial elections, Kenyans were shocked by the torture and murder of Chris Msando and the young woman found dead alongside him. And I wish to repeat the call for an independent investigation into what happened and how his murder may have impacted the electoral process,” she said.

Mr Kerry’s reference to Mr Msando on Thursday was about the courage exhibited by IEBC staff who “had the most reason to feel immediately intimidated because of the murder” but resorted to conduct Tuesday’s polls regardless.

Mr Msando, who went missing on July 28 and was found dead on July 29, will be buried on Saturday at the home of his late father in Lifunga Kobiero village, Siaya County.

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