Roselyn Akombe worked as an Under-Secretary at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a position she says enabled her to gain experience in electoral practices around the world.
Who is Roselyn Akombe?
Dr Roselyne Kwamboka Akombe worked as a Commissioner for IEBC, the commission in charge of elections in Kenya. She was born in Nyamira county -Kisii in 1976.
Roselyn Akombe Age
Dr Akombe’s age is 41 years old.
Roselyn Akombe Education Background
She attended the University of Nairobi (Bachelor of Education) before proceeding to Rutgers University.
Dr Akombe CV
Roselyn Akombe is currently an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC commissioner. Dr Akombe CV is quite decorated. She served as political advisor in UN secretariat in New York USA. One of her strengths is diplomatic ability to resolve conflicts. Having stayed abroad for over 15 years, she understands more about the needs of the diaspora on voting matters.
Roselyn Akombe UN Job
She worked for the UN at the secretariat in New York USA as a political advisor before coming to Kenya to Join IEBC as a Commissioner. This meant that she would take a pay cut of up to 70 per cent, and a lot of pressure that comes with the IEBC job. Roselyn K. Akombe sees this as a sacrifice that she had to take as a patriot to serve her country. Taking the IEBC job meant that she had to take a sabbatical from the UN. This means that she will not receive a penny from the UN during her term as commissioner at IEBC in Kenya.
Roselyn Akombe Family
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission – IEBC former commissioner life is a private one and very little details have emerged about her family private life.
Roselyn Akombe Husband
The ever sober and firm IEBC commissioners’ family life is not available online but as soon as we get the details we shall update it accordingly.
Dr Roselyne Kwamboka Akombe Contacts
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Roselyn Akombe Airport Controversy
Roselyn K. Akombe was scheduled to travel to USA on Tuesday night August 15th but she was pulled out of the plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) by the police. There were rumors that she was traveling to the US to spill the beans on the disputed 2017 elections. it took the intervention of the US Embassy for Akombe to be released since she has dual citizenship of Kenya and the US.
Roselyn Akombe Resigns from IEBC
18 october 2017: A Commissioner with the Kenya’s electoral body (IEBC) Dr. Roselyn Akombe resigned. This happened one week before the repeat elections scheduled for 26 October 2017. She said the country was unable to hold credible elections next week. She also reiterated that IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions.
Speaking from the USA, she told the BBC, she had feared for her safety while in Kenya after receiving numerous threats.
In a BBC Newsday interview from New York, Ms Akombe said the election commission’s IT head, Chris Msando, was “brutally murdered” before the August poll, and “you’ll be suicidal to think that nothing will happen to you”.
“I have never felt the kind of fear that I felt in my own country,” Ms Akombe told the BBC.
Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta says he is ready to proceed with the new vote as planned. However, Raila Odinga has maintained that there will be no elections without reforms.
In the background of all these, Akombe narrates that “All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one.”
IEBC said it regrets the resignation of one of its commissioners Dr Roselyn Akombe. The electoral body suffered a major blow given that they only have one week to elections. This is coupled with the credibility and integrity issues highlighted by Akombe. During the interview she said that, “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017.”
Many stakeholders have requested IEBC to postpone the elections to avoid plunging the country into chaos as witnessed in 2007-2008.