Autopsy reveals missing IEBC official’s last painful moments after the abduction
The Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) official who went missing last Thursday was strangled and his neck badly injured, the autopsy report reveals.
Daniel Mbolu Musyoka, 53, vanished after he stepped out to answer a phone call at the Embakasi East tallying centre located at the East Africa School of Aviation, last Thursday evening.
His autopsy was done at Oloitokitok Sub-County Hospital on Wednesday, two days after his body was discovered.
According to the autopsy report, his body had neither gunshot wounds nor scars.
Among those who witnessed the post-mortem were his family members, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), and IEBC officials.
Detectives investigating his death on Tuesday said that he was likely kept in captivity before he was murdered because the body which was discovered on Monday had not decomposed and was intact despite being in an animal corridor in the forest.
He was about to announce the results of the member of National Assembly and member of county assembly races for Embakasi East.
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Witnesses say he excused himself from the tallying centre to pick up a call around 9.40 am before he went missing. He was last seen leaving the tallying centre, heading to the nearby bus stop.
After his disappearance, his deputy took over and announced the results.
Musyoka’s body was found by herders on the bed of a dry seasonal river in Kilombero Forest, at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro.
The body was naked, but a tracksuit and a Maasai shuka lay some distance away.
The body had fresh bruises on the neck, pointing to possible strangulation. The lower limbs were swollen but there were no visible injuries.
However, the body appeared fresh, according to Loitokitok Police Commander Shadrack Kiprop Ruto, suggesting that it had not been long since Musyoka was killed.
“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 Mr Kiprop.
On Monday night, the victim’s sisters, Ms Mary Mwikali and Ms Ann Nduku identified the body at the Loitokitok sub-county mortuary.
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Detectives will be seeking to use Musyoka’s missing mobile phone data to know the last person he spoke to and at what point the signal went off.
The family said police reported that his mobile phone went off an hour after his disappearance in Mihang’o, in Utawala, around 10 am.
Detectives will be seeking to unravel how the election official’s body was found 220 kilometres away from his workstation five days after he was last seen alive.
Musyoka had worked for IEBC for 13 years. He previously served in the Loitokitok IEBC office but was transferred to Embakasi East in May 2022.
On Monday, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati claimed that the Embakasi
East Returning Officer Daniel Musyoka was among officials of the commission who had been profiled as a stalemate rocked the commission over the 2022 presidential results.
Detectives from the Special Service Unit (SSU) together with officers from the Crime Research and Intelligence Bureau have visited the tallying centre where Musyoka was last seen and are investigating to establish the people he last communicated with.
Musyoka’s bodyguard from the Administration Police has also recorded a statement with the police.
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