Probe into death of Kenya poll of­fi­cial urged

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NAIROBI: Pro­test­ers marched on the of­fices of Kenya’s elec­tion com­mis­sion yes­ter­day, de­mand­ing a speedy in­quiry into the mur­der of a se­nior of­fi­cial that has raised fears over the le­git­i­macy of next week’s na­tional vote.

Chris Msando, the elec­tion board’s head of in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy, was tor­tured be­fore he was killed, au­thor­i­ties said.

He over­saw the live trans­mis­sion of elec­tion re­sults, a con­tentious area that the op­po­si­tion said could be used to rig next Tues­day’s pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary polls.

“It is im­por­tant that se­cu­rity agen­cies ex­pe­dite in­ves­ti­ga­tions as a mat­ter of ut­most ur­gency,” prom­i­nent anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paigner John Githongo said on the march, flanked by about 25 pro­test­ers.

“The tim­ing of his tor­ture and mur­der serves to un­der­mine Kenya’s elec­tion man­age­ment body,” he added, as the group sang and held up ban­ners de­nounc­ing the killing.

Msando’s body had deep lac­er­a­tions on his hands and arms and he had been “un­mis­tak­ably” tor­tured, an of­fi­cial at the com­mis­sion said.

“A woman who had been shot in the head was found next to him,” the un­named of­fi­cial said. Au­thor­i­ties did not say where he was found or sug­gest a mo­tive.

The op­po­si­tion called for out­side ex­perts to help en­sure the cred­i­bil­ity of the elec­tions. Reuters

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