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Kenyan election IT chief found dead, foul play suspected

The late Chris Musando, Chief of IT Services at the IEBC 

East Africa (Globe Afrique) – Reliable sources revealed that the death of a Kenyan IT professional in charge of the country’s election commission’s technology system points to a serious foul play.

Chris Musando, an IT chief in charge of overseeing the Kenyan general election information technology system was found dead with one of his arms cut off just days before polls open.

Kenya’s progressive president Uhuru Kenyatta

Prior to assuming the position of IT chief, Musando was Deputy Director of ICT for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – Kenya’s equivalent of the Electoral Commission.

Authorities and family members say he had been missing since last Friday.

Main opposition leader Raila Odinga campaigns with supporters

Kenyan Police found the victim’s grey Land Rover Discovery abandoned behind a shopping mall. Later, his body with his arm severed was also found.

Kenya has a history of political assassinations, extra judicial killings and electoral violence, especially around electoral seasons.

Polls open in Kenya’s general election in eight days, and President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to have a rematch with his main rival Raila Odinga, the former prime minister and one of Kenya’s most respected and admired politicians.

Initial investigative reports say Musando was one of few people in the country who knew the whereabouts of the computer servers which power the country’s election system, and that his suspected killings could be due to the conduct of the upcoming elections.

Family members and friends told media organizations Musando had earlier complained to the police after receiving death threats from unspecified persons. Witnesses say he was last seen driving in his Land Rover with an unidentified female.

Meanwhile, conspiracy theories point to suspected foul play perhaps with knowledge of the government, but these allegations are unconfirmed. Musando was promoted to the position of acting chief of ICT after his boss James Muhati was suspended over accusations that he had refused to co-operate with some government agencies that sought to ‘audit’ the organisation’s systems.

This is a developing story as Globe Afrique investigates—

 

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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