UK and US offer to assist investigation into murder of Kenyan election manager

Nic Hailey and Bob Godec at the National Election Conference polling display. Photo: Twitter/BobGodec

Diplomats from the United Kingdom and United States and the United Kingdom have offered assistance to the National Police Service who are investigating the murder of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT Manager Chris Msando.

Msando’s body was discovered by police on Saturday at 11am in a forest in Kiambu with an unknown female and what looks like blunt force trauma to the head.

Through a joint statement, the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, along with his American counterpart! Ambassador Robert Godec have said they were gravely concerned by the murder of Msando and hav offered the services of Scotland Yard detectives and the FBI to aid in the probe.

The statement read:

“The United Kingdom and the United States are gravely concerned by the murder of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s (IEBC) Systems Development Manager Christopher Msando. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the entire IEBC team. It is critical that Kenya have free, fair, credible and peaceful elections on August 8, and protection for IEBC staff is essential to achieving this goal. We welcome the Government of Kenya’s commitment to investigating the murder. We have offered our assistance in the investigation.”

Kenyan Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has put together a team of three prosecutors who will work closely with the homicide detectives appointed by the Inspector General of Police to investigate the murder.

While no suspect has been arrested so far, the IG stated that detectives are pursuing crucial leads.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have described the murder as catastrophic for the country’s election preparations and have demanded a transparent investigation.