Resigned IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe has returned to her old work at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
Dr. Akombe, who is a Kenyan-born naturalized American citizen, worked for the UN as a political advisor before taking a sabbatical leave and traveling to Kenya to join IEBC as a commissioner.
The commissioner, later on, shocked many people by quitting her position at the commission, less than a week to the repeat presidential election, citing political interference in the work of the IEBC which left it dysfunctional.
She said some commissioners and some senior staff at the secretariat were there to serve the interests of politicians.
“Decisions are made somewhere else and passed on for ratification and implementation. Commissioners and senior staff at the secretariat are put in line through bribery and threats. If you don’t agree with them then your life is in danger,” she said.
She disclosed that she had personally faced numerous threats and intimidations for the positions she took at the commission and that was why she fled the country back to her second home in the US.
Roselyn Akombe, in a recent interview with The Nation, confirmed that she had indeed resumed her old job at the UN but with a caveat of not talking 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.
Dr. Akombe had previously talked about her and her bosses at the UN getting endless calls and hate mails from Kenyan government officials on her decision to up and leave her position at the electoral commission.
The officials were requesting for her to be sacked for ‘betraying’ her country.
She, however, now says that instead of getting grief from her bosses, they are showing her a lot of support.