President appeals for calm after election official’s murder
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday urged voters to refrain from hasty judgments as the nation reeled from the murder of Christopher Msando, a key member of Kenya’s election commission whose body was found Monday morning.
“Careless speculation in this time of grief only makes the work of investigators harder, and it only adds to the pain of those who loved him,” Mr. Kenyatta tweeted.
Mr. Msando’s death occurred barely a week before Kenya’s Aug. 8 presidential election, which looks to be a close race between Mr. Kenyatta and National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga. An audit of new voter-ID technology, which had been scheduled for Monday, has been postponed because of Mr. Msando’s death, election officials said.
Fears of election-related violence are already high: In 2007, more than a thousand people were killed in postelection violence, and though 2013 elections were less violent, some of the safeguards in place at the time no longer exist.