Kenyan police have revealed that the body of an election official was found outside the capital with signs of torture.
The discovery came as Kenya’s chief of elections said his staff had faced a series of threats and kidnappings in connection with the announcement of election results.
The body of Daniel Musyoka, 53, an official who worked in the Nairobi elections, was found in the Kilombero forest in Kajiado County. According to Kenyan media, the body, discovered by herdsmen on Monday, showed signs of struggle and torture.
Police officials in Kajiado County believe the Mosyoka may have been killed elsewhere and the body dumped in the area. He disappeared from his election assessment center in Nairobi on Thursday.
Wafula Chebukati, head of Kenya’s Independent Elections and Borders Commission, said election officials were attacked during Monday’s parliamentary term.
“We have employees who have been profiled,” he said. “There is an employee, an Embakasi West returnee, who has disappeared on duty. We have employees who were arbitrarily arrested for unknown reasons. We don’t know where they are. Some from this national census center.”
The recent incidents raise concerns about a repeat of the violence that raged in Kenya’s last elections. Days before the 2017 election, an IT election worker, Chris Musando, was killed.
Kenya’s electoral commission declared Vice President William Ruto the winner of last week’s presidential election. His main opponent, Raila Odinga, refused through a representative to accept the results.
So far, some election officials have been accused of manipulating election results and manipulating election documents. Some officials were subpoenaed to appear in court for election violations.
The announcement of the results sparked celebrations and violent protests in some parts of the country, including the capital.