NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1 – The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has allayed fears that its ICT infrastructure could have been compromised following the atrocious killing of the top manager Chris Msando.
Msando was tortured before he was killed and it is yet to be established whether the assailants wanted to extract information from him.
But the electoral body Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba says the ICT infrastructure is complex and cannot be entrusted to one person.
“The system that we will deploy for the elections is very complex. It has servers, gadgets, network, and people. It is not a system that we would entrust in the hands of one person,” Chiloba told Capital FM News.
“If you look at the structure of our ICT department, it is such that we have people dealing with different components of that particular infrastructure.”
Speaking to Capital FM News when the Commission received a message of condolence from right groups on Tuesday, Chiloba guaranteed that they will deliver a credible election while insisting that the security and structure of the IT department is still intact.
“The fears the people might have is that Chris is not with us so the election might be compromised, but I can tell you, as the Chairman (Wafula Chebukati) said, he was a team player, one among the many and his greatest value. When he joined the Commission, we told him that he will be the evangelist of our ICT projects,” he said.
“The system is not compromised. Each and every person with the Commission plays a different role when it comes to the system. It is a more complex system which is not compromised. We are good to go.”
President Uhuru Kenyatta, while addressing residents of Eldoret Tuesday, called for expeditious investigations and asked the police to ensure all IEBC officials are secured including the presidential candidates and their running mates.
“I ask the police to expeditiously investigate so that we can know who killed him and for what reasons. Police should also make sure that IEBC officials are all protected since we don’t want any person to be hurt,” the President stated.
“All presidential candidates and their running mates must also be protected.”
Later in a statement, the President urged Kenyans to remain united even as the investigating authorities probe the murder, with a move to reveal and prosecute the unknown assailants.
“Careless speculation in this time of grief only makes the work of investigators harder, and it only adds to the pain of those who loved him. Let us respect his life, his achievements, and his memory by allowing these investigations to proceed calmly,” he said.
“Let our prayer direct our action. Chris was a man who gave himself to the service of his country, and its institutions. It is appropriate, then, to let those institutions handle the investigation, the better to bring the doers of this foul deed to justice.”
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by the murder of Chris Msando and Caro Ngumbu .I join in prayer with their families, and of every Kenyan of good will,” President Kenyatta said.
Msando’s body and that of Ngumbu, 21, were found stripped of clothing in a thicket in Kiambu county and was transported to the City Mortuary on Saturday at 11am by Kikuyu police station officers.
He was recorded as an unknown body according to the mortuary records.