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Daniel Musyoka: MP Babu Owino Denies Involvement in Murder of IEBC RO

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Embakasi East MP seat aspirant Francis Mureithi, Returning Officer Daniel Musyoka and incumbent MP Babu Owino PHOTO/COURTESY

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has reacted to claims linking him to the death of Embakasi East Returning Officer, Daniel Musyoka.

Musyoka went missing while on duty at the East Africa School of Aviation tallying center and discovered dead days later in Loitoktok.

Following the discovery of Musyoka’s lifeless body, Babu Owino’s rival in the Embakasi East parliamentary race Francis Mureithi alleged that the MP was behind the IEBC official’s death.

In a presser on Wednesday August 17, Mureithi claimed that he had enough evidence linking Babu Owino to Musyoka’s death.

“There is sufficient reason to believe that there is a connection between this murder and Owino and his colleagues’ illegal access to the tallying centre,” said Mureithi.

However, reacting to the same, Babu Owino denied the claims wondering why he would kill the Returning Officer when he had won the parliamentary seat.

“If I have intentions of killing Musyoka, why would I do it after winning the election? Who would benefit from the death of a returning officer, between a winner and a loser?

“Would I kill a returning officer that was meant to announce me as a winner,” the MP said.

In an announcement from the Bomas of Kenya on Friday, August 12, IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati said Musyoka went missing moments after he stepped to take a call.

Chebukati said he went missing despite having security.

“Reports received by the commission indicate that about 9 am, he was escorted from his house to the tallying center by his bodyguard

“At around 9:45 am, he excused himself to make a telephone call, but did not return to the office,” Chebukati said.

However, on Monday, August 15, the IEBC official was found dead in Kilombero forest in Loitoktok.

Details indicate that the deceased was kept in captivity after being kidnapped and later brutally murdered.

This, the police say, is because when his body was discovered on Monday, August 15, it was still fresh and still intact despite being dumped in an animal infested forest.

“We suspect the deceased was being held by his tormentors for a few days after his disappearance, only to kill him later

“If the body had been dumped the day he went missing, it would have begun decomposing or it would have been devoured by wild animals,” said Loitokitok Police Commander Shadrack Kiprop Rutto.

Musyoka’s body was discovered by herdsmen who informed the relevant authorities.

According to the Nation, his body was naked but a tracksuit and a Maasai shuka laid some distance from where his body was.

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The body had fresh bruises on the neck and his lower limbs were swollen but had no visible injuries.

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