On July 30th 2017, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Information Technology Director Christopher Chege Msando goes missing a few days before the scheduled General Elections in August.
Msando’s body and that of his alleged lover, a 21-year-old Nursing student Carol Ngumbu, is found in a thicket in Kiambu; tortured, naked and his thumb missing.
The man who was to prevent the repeat of the 2013 electoral system fail had been murdered.
The country moved on, no one has been held accountable to this day. In the early days, the government had tried to spin the narrative that Msando’s death was as a result of a love triangle, but that failed.
Moses Kuria, the Member of National Assembly for Gatundu South had started that narrative when he ‘stumbled’ upon Msando’s car along Thika Superhighway.
It was a murder most foul.
Fast forward to July 10th 2020, a IEBC official who fled after getting death threats revealed that she was ready to testify in an inquest on Msando’s murder
The veritable Roselyne Akombe, whom Kenyans had castigated for crying foul later after supporting the sham August 2017 elections, had in 2017 fled by deceit, outmanoeuvring the state machinery, and clutching on a tiny suitcase left Kenya in a huff.
The UN Staff in USA had escaped.
Her colleagues were not so lucky, they had to conduct a repeat of the elections with guns to their heads. The August 2017 elections had been nullified by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice David Maraga.
Uhuru Kenyatta was coronated on 26th October 2017.
The Elections shouldn’t have happened as the main challenger to Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM party leader Raila Odinga had pulled off, and the other candidates, according to the law didn’t make the cut.
Uhuru was handed a lifeline after bribery allegations of around Sh400 million for Third Way Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot and Sh7 million for the petitioner and blogger Abraham Mutai went through. And being a respecter of no law, Uhuru went on to content against himself and got the crowning number of most African dictators. Uhuru won by 98 per cent and was sworn in.
As stated earlier, fast forwards to July 2020, ROselyne AKombe ignited the debate over Msando’s murder with the following tweet:
“Now that we are on our @NelsonHavi @lawsocietykenya appreciation day, may I indulge you with a request? On this anniversary of my colleague Msando’s murder, could you take this case up in the public’s interest? As I have said in the past, I am ready to testify #JusticeForMsando”, she wrote.
Almost immediately, the IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati responded by urging her to record with Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), what she knows about Msando’s murder. According to Chebukati, it is unfair for Akombe to discuss the brutal murder of Msando now yet she was around right from the beginning when it happened.
“We all want to see justice for the family of Msando and for Msando. We have said this right from the beginning. It appears there is something she knows which we don’t know. I believe she should provide that information to the investigative agencies. Perhaps it will help for the investigations to be completed,” Chebukati said.
Consequently, Chebukati intimated that if the former colleague fears to present herself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) due to threats, the investigative authorities should find a way to get to her and find the necessary information about Msando’s killing.
August 1st, the former IEBC staff exposed an email written by former IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba warning her not to ‘rewrite history’.
The email read, ‘Dear Roselyn, do not attempt to rewrite history. Our silence is not your licence”.
On 29 July, I said I will testify at an independent judicial inquest into the murder of my colleague Chris.
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) August 1, 2020
This story is juicy and shall continue. Meanwhile, let’s remind ourselves of this song
Damu ya msando pic.twitter.com/mJ0c3HQ792
— JAFFAR ANGACHI (@AngachiJaffar) December 1, 2017