Early in the morning on July 31, eight days before a highly contested election that would plunge the country into a crisis unlike any it had seen before, the man responsible for designing the electronic system to ensure a fair and accurate vote was found brutally murdered.
Authorities found the body of Chris Msando, the deputy IT manager of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), on the side of the road in Kikuyu, next to that of a 21-year-old lady.
Now, close to three years later, former commissioner at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Roselyn Akombe, has penned an emotional message to the late former ICT manager on what would have been his 47th birthday.
On her social media platforms, Ms Akombe insisted that had he not been murdered, Msando would still be with his family and friends; enjoying the festive season and looking forward to the new year.
He should have turned 47 today;
He should have been celebrating with his children and wife;
Ready for the New Year celebrations;
And a new school year for his kids;
But he sought to protect the integrity of our elections;
And for that he was silenced;#RIPChrisMsando pic.twitter.com/Jcu87p3EjL
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) December 28, 2019
It is not the first time that the former commissioner has penned a message to the late Msando.
In July this year, Ms Akombe wrote yet another message, disclosing that two years later, she still vividly remembered Msando’s lifeless body.
“Two years …The memory that stings is that of your twisted neck; The deep cuts on your arm and thigh; Lying on that cold slab at City mortuary. Eva asking why we killed you; The pain, the despair; One day the truth will be written in indelible ink. #RIPChrisMsando,” she wrote.
Msando’s death if not resolved, will join the long list of pending murder files that include that of controversial businessman Jacob Juma and former Kabete MP George Muchai among others.