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BY ANN MUNENE,NAIROBI,12TH AUG 2019- Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commissioner Roselyne Akombe has revealed that she was ready to testify on what exactly happened in the 2017 elections.
Akombe, made the declaration on her Twitter handle on Monday where she claimed she had recommended for the formation of an independent inquiry to look into the contentious presidential polls whose first tally were nullified by the Supreme Court over irregularities before a repeat was ordered.
“Thank you for starting this excellent debate. You may be aware that I delivered my end of assignment report to @IEBCKenya. Among other topics, I called for an independent inquiry to the 2017 election. I am ready to testify under oath. Do your part. Get it set up, I will fly back,” she said.
Akombe resigned from her job days to the October 2017 Presidential Repeat Election and fled to New York after claiming she felt unsafe, and that, as then constituted, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) could not hold a credible election on October 26.
The former IEBC Commissioner was responding to a tweet that sought to know why she had failed to expose what she had claimed transired especially after the Commission was accused of bungling the polls.
She is currently working with the United Nations.
In a 2017 interview with the BBC while in New York, Akombe had defended Chebukati saying he was a man ‘under siege’.
“Chairman Chebukati is a very well-meaning person. He has a temperament to be able to be a leader, but he is a leader under a siege,” she said.
Akombe blamed last-minute instructions on changes in technology and electronic transmission of results, the attacks on IEBC staff and rushed training due to fear as some of the reasons which contributed to her decision.
The Commission, which has been embroiled in wrangles since the lead-up to the August 8, 2017 elections, has become dysfunctional after three other Commissioners including the vice-chairperson resigned citing frustrations from Chairman Wafula Chebukati and his leadership.