Roselyn Akombe returns to Kenya after a 14-year stay in New York

Dr Roselyn Akombe
Dr Roselyn Akombe. [Photo courtesy]

Three years after former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Dr Roselyn Akombe flew back to the US secretly, she is finally back home.

An elated Akombe shared the new of her return to Kenyan on her Twitter handle.

She said that it feels good to be back home, a feeling that is second to none.

“Nothing beats the feeling of being home #Kenya, where my umbilical cord remains. Thanks a million to all who made it possible. I owe you a lot!” she tweeted.

In January, Akombe informed her fans that her 14-year stay in New York, US had come to end after taking up a new position with the United Nation (UN) in Ethiopia.

She is now the Governance & Peacebuilding Africa Coordinator with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with her operation base being Ethiopia.

 “After 14 years on the political side of the @UN family, glad to switch to my other passion –development. Thrilled to join @UNDP today as the Governance & Peacebuilding Africa Coordinator at the Regional Hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” she tweeted.

For the last 14 years, Akombe worked in New York with the United Nations political wing.

She was UN’s Chief of Policy at the Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

Akombe covertly left Kenya for the US after the 2017 bungled presidential polls. She decried threats to her life before fleeing to New York where she continued with her UN job.

Recently, she has become a big critic of Kenya’s governance system and relives the murder of the late Chris Msando.

Msando was IEBC’s IT manager but was murdered days to the August 8, 2017 polls.

Akombe has been vocal accusing the state of doing little to bring his killers to book.

“Today, you should have turned 48 years old. But you were silenced, for standing up for electoral justice. To the Msando family, we cannot imagine your pain, especially during this festive season. But be assured that we’ll never tire to seek for justice,” she tweeted on December 28, 2020.