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Who killed IEBC official Daniel Musyoka?


Police are now pursuing a woman who was last seen with the slain IEBC official.


The woman captured on CCTV talked briefly with Musyoka outside East Africa School of Aviation in Tassia.


Daniel Musyoka, an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Returning Officer went missing on August 11. His dead body was discovered three days later, dumped in a forest near Oloitokitok.


Police have discovered a CCTV footage showing Musyoka meeting up with a woman outside the tallying center. The woman is not an IEBC employee.


Before meeting her, Musyoka was captured Musyoka shortly after he left the centre, meeting some two men on a motorcycle. Police have already confirmed that one of the men was an IEBC clerk being dropped by a rider.


The 53-year-old excused himself at around 9.40am and told his bodyguard, Administration Police Constable Dennis Maina Gichure, who had picked him from his residence, that he was going a nearby chemist. Gichure said he asked not to be accompanied. Musyoka’s phone remained off until around 3pm.


The night before he disappeared, colleagues say Musyoka appeared disturbed that he locked himself up in one of the rooms u til 4am when he left for home.


Musyoka was employed temporarily as a Returning Officer for Embakasi East Constituency in Nairobi County, a position he had already served in for two days before his disappearance.


Initial reports indicate that he had reported for work at the East African School of Aviation, where he was in charge of the tallying and declaration of Constituency election results.


Local news outlet reported that the body was naked, but a track suit and a Maasai shuka lay some distance away. The body had fresh bruises on the neck, pointing to possible strangulation. The lower limbs were swollen but there were no visible injuries.


An initial post-mortem could however not ascertain the cause of Musyoka’s death. Further tests have been scheduled.


Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, on Thursday, August 18, gave the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, seven days to submit the investigation file on the case.


Haji directed Mutyambai to “undertake comprehensive investigations into the matter and submit the resultant investigation file” by August 25.


Even as investigations continue into the murder, Musyoka’s family has started preparations for his burial in Mwala, Machakos County.


In 2017, at the height of the election preparations, Chris Msando, an IEBC official in charge of the Commission’s computerised voting system, was tortured and killed by unknown assailants. To date, no suspects have been arraigned for the gruesome murder.


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