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Unbwogable: Former IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe Responds To Her Fake Death News

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Dr. Roselyn Akombe.
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Social Media has been on a buzz following the circulation of news that has since been confirmed as a hoax from a fake website claiming the former IEBC commissioner had beef found dead at her home in New York.

Responding to the fake news through her official Twitter account, Akombe said she’s unmoved and doing well and going on well with her daily duties.

Former commission member Akombe, in a statement from New York, described the IEBC as “under siege” and said it could not guarantee a credible presidential election. This was after she fled the country on whistleblowing the electoral scam. Being a dual citizen, Akombe was helped by the US government to escape after blowing the horn.

Fellow commissioners had become increasingly partisan, coming to meetings “ready to vote along party lines,” she said, and were unwilling to “be frank with the Kenyan people.”

Akombe said she had agonized over whether to quit, but had decided to do so because the commission had “become a party to the crisis” and lives were potentially at stake.

“It is not too late to save our country from this crisis,” she said. “We need just a few men and women of integrity to stand up and say that we cannot proceed with the election on (October 26) as currently planned.”

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Akombe highlighted concerns over last-minute changes to election-related technology and results transmission, rushed training of staff because of fears of protest violence and the intimidation of electoral commissioners and staff.

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“We need the commission to be courageous and speak out, that this election as planned cannot meet the basic expectations of a credible election,” she said.

Roselyn Akombe, who resigned from Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, didn’t believe the presidential election would yield a credible result. It didn’t.

“Our people are resilient. Our people are patient. What we are faced today is a political crisis that cannot be solved by the commission alone. Let us solve the political crisis we have at hand and then chart the way forward toward a credible presidential election.”

In an interview with the BBC, Akombe said she had received numerous threats while in Kenya and did “not feel safe enough to be able to go home.” She has since been a fierce critic of the Kenyan government which made her fake death news spread faster.


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