Opinion: Can the AU avert conflict in Kenya?

Senior Kenyan election official, Chris Msando was found dead three days after he went missing, a colleague said on Monday, stirring fears of violence in national elections scheduled for August 8.

Police said on Monday that the bodies of Msando and an unidentified woman had been found in the Kikuyu area on the outskirts of Nairobi and taken to the city mortuary.

The electoral commission IT manager is said to have been tortured and murdered.

Musalia Mudavadi of Kenya's main opposition group, the National Super Alliance (NASA), spoke to journalists outside the mortuary on Monday. He says Msando's murder is very telling: "It is telling that the key person who was perhaps holding very vital passwords has been eliminated at this delicate time."

Listen to Xolani Gwala's comments below.

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Imagine the head of communications technology of the independent electorate commission in South Africa being killed a week before election in South Africa, that is just terrible.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

There is something very wrong going on there, now the issue is whether or not the AU, regional bodies still have the power and credibility to get involved in averting a potentially very difficult situation for Kenya.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

I just wonder if there is anyone who can assist in assuring that we don't see what we saw after the 2007 elections in Kenya, whee so many people were killed simply because they belonged to one ethnic group or another. Somebody please intervene before it is too late for that country.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

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