Akombe back to UN, directed to shun the media

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Dr. Roselyn Akombe. PHOTO: TWITTER

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission employee, Dr. Roselyn Akombe, has gone back to previous job at United Nations Headquarters in New York City two weeks after resigning from the electoral agency.

Ex Commissioner Akombe who shocked many by resigning from the electoral body less than a week to the repeat poll, confirmed to journalists that she had indeed resumed her job at the UN but with a warning — not to talk to the press about the Kenyan elections.

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UN headquarters in New York. /COURTESY

“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 told Nation via phone.

Dr. Akombe who was born in Kenya but also holds US citizenship, had revealed in an earlier interview about 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.

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She however indicated overwhelming support from her bosses and former colleagues and was positive of resuming her job.

Dr Akombe who did her tertiary schooling in the US, worked for the UN at the Secretariat in New York City as a political advisor to the Secretary General before taking a sabbatical leave and travelling to Kenya to join IEBC as a commissioner. She is on record saying she took a 70 per cent pay cut.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta shakes commissioner Akombe’s hand at Bomas after he was declared winner of the August 2017 elections. PHOTO: THE STAR

When resigning, Dr. Akombe cited political interference in the work of the IEBC which she reckoned had rendered the electoral body so dysfunctional that delivering a credible election would be impossible.