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Kenyan police arrest girl over death of polls official

By Chris Mgidu NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan police on Thursday arrested a 17-year-old girl, the latest suspect over the murder of the head of ICT at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

The body of Chris Msando was found in a forest in the outskirts of Nairobi hours after he had gone missing on July 28. An autopsy results showed that Msando was tortured and then strangled to death.

The police said the girl’s phone was allegedly used to send threatening messages to the late Msando. The messages were sent in June, a month before he was killed.

The police said the girl was arrested in Migori County of Western Kenya on Wednesday and later brought to Nairobi.

Msando had in December 2016 complained of receiving threatening messages on his mobile phone and reported the matter to police.

The latest arrest brings the number of suspects in police custody to three over the July 28 murder of Msando and a 21-year-old woman Maryanne Ngumbu whose bodies were found dumped in a forest in Muguga.

Msando was responsible for the entire body of electoral data that is the basis of the August election, including the Kenya Integrated Election Management System (KIEMS).

That includes voter identity verification, results transmission and the entire electronic tallying process.

           

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