Days after revealing she wants to testify against slain Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT Manager Chris Msando’s murder case, IEBC former commissioner Roselyn Akombe has now revealed that she received an email from former IEBC former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ezra Chiloba.
Roselyn Akombe, through her twitter account posted an email from Ezra Chiloba warning her against her recent stand in Msando’s murder case.
In her recent tweets, Akombe has pointed out that she is ready to testify in Msando’s murder case, something that has drawn a lot of attention throughout the nation.
Now that we are on our @NelsonHavi @lawsocietykenya appreciation day, may I indulge you with a request? On this anniversary of my colleague Msando’s murder, could you take this case up in the public’s interest? As I have said in the past, I am ready to testify #JusticeForMsando https://t.co/SMv7GyjVD9
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) July 29, 2020
One of the notable people who came out to react to her tweets is former IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba who warned her against what she is up to.
According to Chiloba’s email, he warned her to remain silent on the story arguing that ‘their’ silence is not in vain.
However, Akombe, who has proclaimed to do everything to make sure Msando’s killers are brought to justice, posted the email she received from Ezra.
“On 29 July, I said I will testify at an independent judicial inquest into the murder of my colleague Chris. I received this email from @EzraCHILOBA, former CEO @IEBCKenya. It confirms my call for an inquiry. Kenyans deserve the truth. I owe it to you. #JusticeforChrisMsando,” reads Akombe’s tweet.
On 29 July, I said I will testify at an independent judicial inquest into the murder of my colleague Chris.
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) August 1, 2020
In the email sent to Akombe, Chiloba said: “Do not attempt to rewrite history. Our silence is not your license.”
This coded message meant a lot to Akombe and Kenyans who want to have Msando’s killers brought to justice.
Akombe, in a series of tweets, has put the IEBC on the spot, saying Msando’s colleagues sold him out to his killers. She is ready to tell what she knows
She had fled to the US, claiming her life was in danger, and returned to work for the United Nations there.
“…Painful that instead on this day three years ago, your own colleagues led you to the slaughterhouse. Like Judas, they sold you for thirty cents, “Akombe tweeted.
“We will find justice for you, no matter how long it takes,” the former commissioner said.
But IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said it was unfair for Akombe to speak three years later yet she was around when the murder took place.
“We all want to see justice for the family of Msando and for Msando. We have said this right from the beginning,” Chebukati told the Star.
Akombe should help authorities solve the murder, he said.
“It appears there is something she knows which we don’t know. I believe she should provide that information to the investigative agencies. Perhaps it will help for the investigations to be completed,” Chebukati said.
He said his commission did everything possible from the outset to help solve the murder.
The IEBC boss said that if Akombe is in any way unable to present herself to the DCI, the police can arrange to take the information from her.
Akombe has asked the Law Society of Kenya to take up the case in the public interest and disclosed that she is ready to testify.
But LSK president Nelson Havi brushed off the request.
“Am I the DCI? I don’t conduct homicide investigations. Ask the people who handle such matters,” he said.
By press time, DPP Noordin Haji and DCI George Kinoti were yet to respond to the Star’s enquiries on the progress of investigations and whether the State would open a murder inquest.
Akombe appears to have remained the lone voice openly agitating for justice for Msando. At the time of his death, Nasa leaders claimed Msando was silenced to pave way for the rigging of the 2017 polls.
Msando’s body was found in a thicket at Muguga Forest in Kikuyu — a killing that almost threw the August 8, 2017, polls a week way into disarray.
He had been tortured, his hands and arms and back cut. It was said a hand was broken because his killers wanted his password to the election resuts transmission system. The postmortem showed only deep cuts. He was strangled.
Msando had promised he would ensure the IEBC tech system in the 2017 elections was foolproof. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory was later nullified by the Supreme Court citing irregularities in the process. He won, however, in a rerun.