Kenya election official dies in unclear circumstances

 Kenya election official dies in unclear circumstances

A Kenyan election official who was in charge of a constituency in the just concluded elections collapsed and died on Monday.

Geoffrey Gitobu was at the electoral body’s offices in Nanyuki town, in central Kenya, when he collapsed and was pronounced dead at a hospital near the office.

He was in charge of elections in Gichugu constituency, Kirinyaga country in central Kenya.

Mr Gitobu had not complained of any illness and was in Nanyuki to visit his family over the weekend before heading to the office on Monday.

He was to report back to his Kirinyaga base on Wednesday, the County Returning Officer Jane Gitonga is quoted by the Star newspaper as saying.

The official’s death comes days after another officer in charge of a constituency in the capital, Nairobi, was tortured and murdered after disappearing from a tallying centre.

The electoral commission’s chairperson Wafula Chebukati had earlier said officers were being intimidated and threatened over the 9 August general election.

Kenya election official dies in unclear circumstances