IEBC Official Found Murdered

  • IEBC offices in North Coast
    IEBC offices in North Coast.
  • The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has confirmed that one of its staff members has been murdered in the ongoing Kapedo attacks.

    In a statement issued on Thursday, January 21, the commission said that Brian Silale, a Constituency Administrative Assistant for Tiaty Constituency Office, was among the six bodies that were found dumped in Arabal area.

    "Mr Silale was last seen alive being picked by unknown person, together with five (5) other people, from Chemolingot shopping centre in Tiati Sub-County on January 19, 20201 at about 3 p.m.

    "He was later murdered under unclear circumstances and the remains of his body together with other bodies were recovered on Wednesday, January 20 at Arabal Sub-location," read the statement in part.

    An image of Wafula Chebukati
    IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati speaking at the Law Society of Kenya annual Cocktail event at Intercontinental Hotel in December 2018.

    The IEBC called on the state to investigate the incident with immediate effect and apprehend the culprits. 

    The bodies of the six individuals were found dressed in suits and neckties - a rare dressing style in a village where most residents are herders.

    The are suspected to include a Human Resource Officer, a Primary School Headmaster, an MTC student and a businessman.

    Tiaty MP William Kamket has been arrested over the banditry attacks in Kapedo that have left at least seven people dead so far.

    The KANU lawmaker was apprehended by detectives in Nairobi County on Thursday, January 21. 

    Reports stated that he was detained at Kileleshwa Police Station. 

    Kamket was accused of inciting local citizens to revolt. The issue is facing a number of challenges, from land and boundary cases to civil wars among various communities. 

    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i had on Tuesday, January 19, after a meeting with security officials, revealed that operations in the area would be ongoing until individuals behind attacks there were caught.

    The warning came after chaos in the neighboring Kapedo, Turkana County left a police commander dead.

    An image of Kamket
    Tiaty Member of Parliament William Kamket speaking at a past interview
    The Standard