February 17, 2020

Former top government official orders police to find Msando’s killers

Human rights groups have ordered the police to find Msando’s killers for justice to be served.

Led by John Githongo, a former top government official under the presidency of Mwai Kibaki and Kenya Human Rights Commission Executive Director George Kegoro, they told the police this is an opportunity for them to redeem their grim history in dealing with such cases.

Mr Githongo warned that this can be just another mysterious killing with no conclusive evidence that will see perpetrators brought to book.
Mr Kegoro condemned the killing terming it as an attack on democracy going by the role Msando was playing to ensure the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC) delivers a free, fair and transparent election.

“Kenya has an unfortunate history of assassinations for political expediency and there is a chilling familiarity in the sequence of events,” he said.

“It is our determined hope that the government appreciates where this country is coming from and it is imperative to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible given its potential to further destabilise an already tensed nation,” he added.

The Interior Principal Secretary, Dr Karanja Kibicho, cautioned the public not to speculate about the death of the slain IEBC official.

Speaking on Monday, Dr Kibicho said police should be left to do their job of investigating the ICT manager’s death.

“The body of the IEBC officer who was reported missing was found today (Monday). That matter is with the detectives. It is unfair to start speculation that he had secrets,” Dr Kibicho said during a joint meeting with election observers, media owners, and officials of the Editors’ Guild at a Nairobi hotel.

The PS denied reports by the National Super Alliance (NASA) Presidential candidate Raila Odinga that the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) was involved in a plan to rig the elections.

The electoral agency official’s body was found at City Mortuary by family members on Monday.

There were several cuts on the head and hands and blood was oozing from the nose and ears.

Other reports indicated there were signs his hands had been tied up.

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