Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Chairperson, Wafula Chebukati has announced that one of the Electoral body’s returning officer, has went missing.
“The Commission wishes to inform the country that its Returning Officer for Embakasi East Constituency, Mr. Daniel Musyoka, has been reported missing while on duty at the East African School of Aviation tallying centre,” Chebukati revealed in a statement.
He noted that on August 11, the official was escorted from his house to the tally center by his bodyguard, but at around 9:45 am, he excused himself to receive a phone call, but he never returned.
“Reports received by the Commission indicate that at around 9.00am on 11th August 2022, his bodyguard escorted him from his house to the East African School of Aviation tallying centre. At around 0945am, Mr. Musyoka excused himself to receive a telephone call, but he did not return,” he noted.
Chebukati said Mr. Musyoka’s family and the Commission have been trying to reach him without success.
His duties are now being handled by the Deputy Returning Officer.
A report has been made at Embakasi Police Station under Occurrence Book No. 24/11/08/2022.
Chebukati further allayed the Commissions concern about the unfortunate incident and called upon the relevant security agencies to speedily investigate the matter.
Kenya on Tuesday held its seventh general election since the introduction of multiparty politics in 1991 where voters lined to elect the country’s fifth president, members of the National Assembly, senators, and county governors.
The Presidential elections were hotly contested between Azimio la Umoja’s candidate Raila Odinga and Kenya Kwanzaa’s William Ruto. Vote tallying and counting is still on going.