A senior information, communication and technology manager at the electoral agency critical to the Kenyan elections has disappeared.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said Christopher Chege Musando could not be reached since Friday evening and urged calm as police try to trace his whereabouts.
Mr Musando, who was recently appointed to act as the Data Centre and Infrastructure manager was last seen at the IEBC’s Anniversary Towers offices at 10pm on Friday.
His family reported at the Embakasi Police Station that Mr Musando’s four mobile phones were either off or went unanswered and his vehicle, a grey Land Rover Discovery, is also missing.
His wife, Eva Auma, reported the disappearance at the police station on Sunday.
“It has been reported by Mrs Eva Elsa Auma Buyu c/o Nyayo Estate and wife to Mr Christopher Chege Musando, who is manager, ICT Systems and Data Centre Support at IEBC, that Mr Musando has been missing since Friday the July 28, 2017,” the report in the Occurrence Book reads.
By virtue of his position, Mr Musando could be holding sensitive information on logs to the Kenya Integrated Electoral Management Systems (Kiems), which will ensure that rigging doesn’t take place in this year’s elections.
Kenyans took to social media to question his disappearance considering that it is only a week to elections.
One of them, Mwero Mangale, wondered why the incident was reported on Sunday when the ICT manager allegedly disappeared on Friday.
Mr Musando replaced James Muhati who was sent on a 30-day compulsory leave on May 27 after failing to cooperate with the audit department.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati said the commission is working closely with police and family members to establish his whereabouts.
Mr Chebukati said the missing official’s last communication was a text message to one of his colleagues at around 3am on Saturday.
“The content of the SMS suggests that he was conscious and fully aware of his itinerary for that day.
“The commission together with family members is working closely with the police to establish whereabouts,” Mr Chebukati said, adding the commission would issue a more comprehensive statement after establishing more facts about the incident.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet said that the disappearance of the officer is being investigated and that the police are doing their best to find him.
“We are aware that a report was made and considering that this is a crucial moment, we are trying our best to locate him. We are trying to trace his movement,” Mr Boinnet said.
Earlier before he disappeared, Mr Musando appeared in one of the TV stations to highlight the commission’s elections preparedness and the plans it had in place to ensure that the elections are credible.
A friend close to Mr Musando revealed to the Daily Nation that he had received information from a car tracking company that his vehicle was seen on Thika Road and later Mombasa Road.