IEBC deputy presiding officer murdered in Siaya County

Saturday August 19 2017

A section of Sega trading centre, Siaya County. The body of Ms Caroline Odinga, who was an IEBC deputy presiding officer in the August 8 General Election was discovered in a thicket in the trading centre on August 19, 2017. PHOTO | FILE


Police in Siaya are investigating an incident where the body of a middle aged female teacher, who was a deputy presiding officer with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), was discovered on Saturday morning in a thicket at Sega trading centre, Siaya County.

Ms Caroline Odiga's body was found by residents who were on their way to attend the burial of slain IEBC ICT director Chris Msando in Lifunga village.

Ms Odinga, a teacher at Ugenya High School, was a deputy presiding officer with the IEBC during the August 8 General Election.

The Siaya County Police Commander, Mrs Sarah Duncan, said the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Ms Odinga's death.


"We were attending the burial of Chris Msando when we received information that a lifeless body was found dumped in a thicket in Sega, we have launched investigations into the matter," said Mrs Duncan.


The officer added that information from the deceased family indicate that she left her home on Friday to get her pay after working as deputy presiding officer during the just concluded elections.

Mrs Duncan added preliminary investigations revealed that the victim was gang raped as her genitals and left ear were badly mutilated.

She warned the public to desist from rumours surrounding her death and let the police to complete their investigations.

"We urge the locals to ensure that they keep off sensationalising this matter and let the police do their work," said Mrs Duncan.