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Girl arrested over Msando murder released unconditionally

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Thu, September 7th 2017 at 07:51, Updated September 7th 2017 at 08:00 GMT +3
The slain IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando

IN SUMMARY

  • 17-year-old girl arrested following the killing of electoral commission official Chris Msando has been released unconditionally
  • The girl had been held in police custody for a week after she was arrested in Awendo, Migori County, on August 21 and later brought to Nairobi
  • After Msando’s death, police tracked down the exchange and arrested the girl, who was presented before a Kiambu court where police asked for more time to hold her

A 17-year-old girl arrested following the killing of electoral commission official Chris Msando has been released unconditionally.

The girl was released on August 30 after police failed to link her to Mr Msando's death.

Msando was the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT deputy director. He was killed alongside his female companion, Maryanne Ngumbu.

The girl had been held in police custody for a week after she was arrested in Awendo, Migori County, on August 21 and later brought to Nairobi.

“She was released last Wednesday unconditionally and she in now at home in Migori. There was no evidence linking her at all. In fact, I am thinking of suing the State for torturing her emotionally,” said her brother Daniel Otieno.

According to Mr Otieno, his sister was arrested because she once called Msando’s number by mistake. To establish the identity of the caller, Msando had sent her Sh10 via M-Pesa.

After Msando’s death, police tracked down the exchange and arrested the girl, who was presented before a Kiambu court where police asked for more time to hold her.

The Kiambu Juvenile Court allowed police to hold the girl at Muthaiga Police Station in Nairobi for seven days as police continued with investigations.

Her detention came as the High Court discharged an accountant being investigated in connection with the killing with no charges being preferred against him.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko urged Justice James Wakiaga to discharge the suspect, Andrew Kipkoech Rono, then direct him to be reporting to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) offices.

Mr Rono had been in police custody for 19 days on suspicion that he sent a threatening message to Msando before he was killed.


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