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Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 20:45 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The NASA coalition has called on the government to accept the offer by American and British governments into the investigation of slain IEBC official Chris Msando.
Below is a statement NASA chairman Musalia Mudavadi read to the media today, along with the co-chairmen of the Coalition Coordinating Committee James Orengo and Johnstone Muthama.
NASA URGES SPEEDY ACCEPTANCE OF US, UK OFFER IN IEBC KILLING, PROPOSES INTERNATIONAL OVERSIGHT OF ITC AREA
Amid the deafening silence of our Jubilee government leaders on the brutal murder of IEBC’s ICT manager Chris Msando, NASA and all Kenyans have been very pleased and very relieved to see two of the country’s major partners offer to assist in the investigations.
The United States and the United Kingdom yesterday offered the assistance of their two elite investigating bodies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and New Scotland Yard after the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako directed a probe into the killing. We are most grateful for this offer of high level assistance, and urge the government to speedily accept this offer.
We were also very pleased that US Ambassador Robert Godec and British High Commissioner Nic Haley explicitly pointed out yesterday that it is not possible to have a free, fair, credible and peaceful election unless the security of all senior IEBC officials is assured.
Even as we express our appreciation to our international partners for their solidarity with Kenyans’ democratic aspirations, we want to express our horror that our own President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto or Attorney General Githu Muigai have not uttered a word of condemnation of this heinous crime. This murder has jeopardised Kenyans’ faith in the credibility of the electoral process and yet it seems that even this is not moving these leaders to speak up.
I think it is fair to say that unless dramatic steps are taken. Kenyans will not be sure that this will be a free and fair election without having at the helm Chris Msando, who was totally committed to ensuring that the KIEMS system was protected from interference and would work on election day.
We suggest therefore that to restore the shaken confidence in the electronic systems that are key to the credibility and success of the election, IEBC immediately secure the services of an internationally recognised expert FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OR THE UNITED NATIONS to oversee the KIEMS system. With the reported intimidation of IEBC officials that’s been reported, Kenyans will be unable to believe that whoever takes the late Msando’s place will perform the job with the integrity that Msando brought.
It is vital that the urgent steps needed to ensure an effective investigation – such as securing the crime scene – are immediately put into place. But Kenyans have little faith in our Directorate of Criminal Investigation’s resolve to identify, pursue and bring the killers, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO DIRECTED THEM, to justice. Kenya’s recent history is replete with too many unresolved probes into politically-motivated killings.
In addition to speedily accepting the American and British offer, we urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to commit himself publicly to the right of Kenyans to freely elect the leaders they wish to lead them into a much better future. That can only happen through the holding of an honest election. President Kenyatta should throw the full weight of his office behind the speediest possible and credible investigation.
Our election and democracy itself have been terribly undermined by the murder of Chris Msando. No Kenyan can feel secure when such a hugely consequential killing can be so brazenly carried out.
As I indicated yesterday, Kenyans can rest assured that the life, security and protection of every single Kenyan, as well as of their property, will be guaranteed by a NASA government.