At the City Mortuary where the body of Chris Msando, the slain Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT manager was lying could best be described as heartbreaking. In fact, the word heartbreaking doesn’t adequately capture the horrendous scene that was at the City Mortuary. You had to have been there to have felt the full weight of the murder.
The scene of grown men, old enough to be my fathers wailing and completely shattered is something you can’t wish on your enemies. Women old enough to be my mothers wailing helplessly is the kind of a scene that you never hope to see in your life, at least not in the circumstance that Msando was executed.
His body was lying in the morgue, lifeless and defeated. Deep bruises on his shoulder, blunt marks on his head, deep cuts on his arms and a cold body was all that was left of a man who walked out of his house alive just a few days ago. That a man who is a father, a husband, a brother, a Kenyan was tortured to death and his body dumped in a forest in Kiambu is a new height of impunity. It finally hit me that dead men indeed tell no tales. However, if Msando was to miraculously resurrect, what would he say?
He would speak out for justice to not only be served but be seen to have been served. He would urge for speedy and conclusive investigations to be expedited and perpetrators brought to book.
Because he would regard his blood as sacred enough not to be shed in vain. He would want the criminal justice system in the country to stand firm and not bungle the investigations as has been the case in past murders. Msando would remind the police about all the unresolved murders in this country and urge them not to make his another statistic.
I know he would also speak about the August 8th elections. From the interviews he did in media, he came out as a competent man who was ready to deliver on the ICT front of the elections. You can tell that it was something that was close to his heart if his demeanour when he was speaking about the subject is anything to go by.
Therefore he would urge the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to deliver to Kenyans credible elections. He would urge them not to give in to any intimidation or pressure from any political side. That they should remember that the responsibility that has been placed on their shoulders can make or break this nation. he would urge them to stand firm on the solid foundation of the truth and not be swayed by political rhetoric.
Msando would urge Kenyans from all walks of life to maintain calm during the election period. I know that he would not want to see the country in flames, especially a nation where many people have paid the ultimate prize to see prosper.
He would want all of us, regardless of our ethnicity, religion or political affiliation to stick together. He would remind us that we only have one country and it can’t stand if we fight because of elections.
Msando would remind us of the lives that were lost in the 2007/2008 post elections violence (PEV). His main concern would be that we can’t have justice when there is no peace and vice versa.
Msando would speak to the family too. He would urge them to mourn the best way they can. But he would also remind them that his death is not in vain. While the assassins believe that they achieved their sinister motive, he would remind them that more Msando’s are available and ready to continue with the good work he started.
He would remind his family that death might look final but it is not. He would remind them that he died a hero. He would also remind them that the power of love is stronger than hate and only light can drive out darkness.
He would probably remind Kenyans that though it is our constitutional right to vote, we should be driven by ideals and not ethnicity. Ideals like a guarantee of upholding of basic constitutional rights, clean water, food, shelter, clothing and better infrastructure.
Msando would remind us that we should not follow leaders who are in politics for transactional purposes. While the nation is grief stricken, the politicians are on the campaign trail and none has suspended their elections to honour the memory of the slain officer. Msando would, therefore, say that it is not worth fighting for any politician, especially those who spew hate, division and negativity.
Fellow Kenyans, next week on Tuesday when we go out to vote, let us remember that the duty is so scared that we shouldn’t take it lightly. May God bless Kenya!
(The writer is a journalist at Capital FM. Follow him on Twitter @dannishodongo)