AFRICA NOW: Kenyan Voting Official Found Dead Days Before Elections

Chris Msando
Chris Msando (Courtesy of nation.co.ke)

Days before Kenya’s Aug. 8 national elections, Chris Msando, head of information technology responsible for voter identification and result transmission, was found dead.

Police said Monday that the bodies of Msando, who was reported missing Friday, and an unidentified woman were found in the Kikuyu area on the outskirts of Nairobi and taken to the city mortuary, BBC reported.

As the battle continues between incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, who looks to secure a second five-year term, and opposition leader Raila Odinga, some believe Msando’s death to be intentional.

“We learned in shock, the killing and murder of our employee, Chris Msando. There’s no doubt that he was tortured and murdered,” Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said in a statement. “The only issue is who killed him and why … I demand from the government that they provide security for all employees of IEBC, for us to give Kenyans a free and fair election.”

With “smooth” functioning of the voter identification system said to key in maintaining accurate results, many are skeptical as to what the future will hold.

 

British Vogue Welcomes First Male Editor-in-Chief

British Vogue magazine recently named Edward Kobina Enninful, a Ghanaian British fashion stylist, as its first-ever male editor-in-chief.

Enninful has already begun to recruit his editorial army — includes Naomi Campbell, Steve McQueen, Kate Moss and Adwoa Aboah as contributing editors — and lay out groundwork for the future editions of the iconic magazine.

“I’m really excited to see my vision for the British Vogue team come to fruition,” Enninful said in a statement. “I’m very much looking forward to working with everyone on forthcoming issues.”

One of Enninful’s first orders of business was the launching of British Vogue on Snapchat, a widely popular image messaging and multimedia mobile application. The new editor-in-chief has also proposed to expand the company’s already soaring sales, its digital presence, diversity within the fashion and his already star-studded fashion team.

Zulu Nation Remains One of the Poorest in South Africa

Despite being steeped in history and tradition, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini proclaims that that the Zulu royal household remains one of the poorest within the South African country.

During his 69th birthday gala, the king of over four decades pushed for the Zulu tribe to receive more budget funding from the South African government, citing his own accomplishments of increasing the livelihood of his citizens and divine order as reasons for additional revenue.

“Sometimes when I speak, it is not me but someone is speaking through me. I am being commanded and I have to cough it out whether you like it or not. Even my birth was very different, it was prophesied,” he said. “The nation has never been this blessed. … I am as fit as a fiddle, I do not have any ailments. The whole nation is very lucky.”

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