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Kenya’s Former IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe Roselyn Akombe Returns To Work At UN

Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe addresses a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, May 29, 2017. Picture taken May 29, 2017. REUTERS


Dr Akombe shocked many by resigning from the electoral commission less than a week to the repeat presidential elections. The country’s August 8 elections were annulled by the Supreme Court stating irregularities. The court called for a rerun which was slated for October 26.


Speaking to local media, Nation, Dr Akombe confirmed that she has resumed her job at the UN with a warning not to talk to the press about the Kenyan elections.

“Yes, I’m back at my old job but I’m prohibited from talking to the press. This was contained in the new contract I signed recently,” she said via phone.

In an earlier interview with the Nation, Dr Akombe, a Kenyan-born naturalised American citizen had expressed her frustrations at the endless calls and hate-mails that were being sent to her bosses at the UN by some Kenyan officials both in the US and back at home who wanted her sacked for allegedly  ‘betraying’  her country, the report said.

Despite the threats, she got support from her bosses and former colleagues and was confident of resuming her job with the U.N.

Dr Akombe worked for the UN at the secretariat in New York City as a political advisor before taking a sabbatical leave and travelling to Kenya to join IEBC as a commissioner.

Dr. Akombe resigned saying the election board was under siege and could not hold a credible election.

“The commission has become a party to the current crisis. The commission is under siege.” She said in a statement issued from New York.


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