Don’t politicise Chris Msando's murder, John Kerry says

Wednesday August 02 2017

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is the co-leader of the Carter Centre's election monitoring team in Kenya, has paid tribute to slain IEBC official Christopher Msando.

“We all wish to honour Mr Msando’s dedication to transparent elections,” Mr Kerry said.

“Security for the elections and all election administrators throughout the electoral process is paramount for the conduct of credible and democratic elections. We hope that his death will not have a chilling effect on voters and electoral authorities,” Mr Kerry added.

The Carter Centre has condemned attacks on IEBC.

“Attacks on the IEBC and other independent institutions, whether verbal or physical, remain an unacceptable form of public discourse,” the Centre said in a statement.

The body of Mr Msando, stripped to his underwear, was identified on Monday at a public morgue in Nairobi, three days after he was reported missing.


His left arm appeared broken and he had wounds.

Mr Msando, a systems development manager, is reported to have played a key role in the management of computer systems for voter identification, transmission and tallying of results. Kenyans will vote in the General Election on August 8.

Don't politicise murder

“The Centre further implores politicians to refrain from politicising this event,” the statement added in regard to Mr Msando's murder.

The monitoring group founded by former US President Jimmy Carter also called for “an independent and comprehensive investigation” into the death of the IEBC's ICT manager.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission should proceed with a scheduled nationwide test on Wednesday of the vote-transmission system known as Kiems, the Centre suggested.


“The success of Kiems remains an essential step toward increasing stakeholder confidence in the election,” the Carter Centre said.

In a pre-election report issued last week, the US election monitoring group generally praised the IEBC's performance, while also pointing to commissioners' “inadequate communication with stakeholders and insufficient transparency regarding their decision-making.”

In its statement on Tuesday, the Carter Centre said its technical experts had “enjoyed a productive relationship with Mr Msando and are personally saddened by the loss.”

Mr Kerry and monitoring group co-leader Aminata Touré, a former prime minister of Senegal, are due to arrive in Kenya this week to oversee a delegation of 80 vote monitors.