Protect IEBC officials, envoys say


Diplomats have demanded that officials of the electoral agency be given adequate security ahead of Tuesday’s elections. They also called for thorough investigations into the killing of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ICT manager Chris Msando.

Danish Ambassador to Kenya Mette Knudsen expressed concerns over Msando’s brutal killing and said her country was ready to help in the ongoing investigations. British High Commissioner Nic Hailey and US Ambassador Robert Godec also condemned the killing.

“I associate myself with the statement by Ambassador Godec and Hailey on the brutal murder of Msando. It is critical that Kenya has free, fair, credible and peaceful elections on August 8, and protection for IEBC staff is essential to achieving this,” Knudsen said. The European Union (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kenya has also voiced its concerns over Msando’s killing.

The team noted it was a difficult time for IEBC given the murder came just a week to the General Election.”Mr Msando’s death deserves an independent and thorough investigation. I am extremely concerned about the death,” EU’s chief observer Marietje Schaake said. She continued: “Full protection for those responsible for the elections is vital so they can undertake their tasks without fear.

All election administrators need to be able to operate freely and safely in line with the Constitution of Kenya.” Ugenya MP David Ochieng said: “As we mourn with the family, we want the Government to accept external help. Let the Mossad, Scotland Yard and M16 be party of the investigations.”  He continued, “We don’t think the Kenya Police can handle the matter in a manner that will unearth what happened. The security agencies should not refuse external support in resolving this most foul killing.” Msando’s body was found in a thicket in Kiambu. He had failed to return home last Friday.
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