In Summary
  • Last evening, Dr Akombe singled out Mr Chiloba, heaping the August 8 election irregularities on him, and accusing him of leading a parallel axis of power and influence at the commission.
  • She also revealed that Mr Chebukati had unsuccessfully proposed that the commission seek the Supreme Court’s interpretation on what Mr Odinga’s withdrawal from the election meant.
  • She also singled out partisan senior secretariat staff and commissioners, “endless legal suits” and what she said was skewed legal advice to fit political interests.

Roselyn Akombe, who resigned from her job as electoral agency commissioner on Wednesday, is believed to have left Nairobi for Dubai on Monday evening on an Emirates flight that departs from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 10.45pm.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission official probably took advantage of authorisation issued for travel to Dubai, where Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing is printing the materials to be used in the election scheduled for next week.

The IEBC commissioner then sent a statement from New York saying she had resigned because of what she said was a deeply divided commission, safety concerns, and to guard her conscience which she said was being pricked by the requirement to take responsibility for positions she did not believe in.

“It has become increasingly difficult to continue attending plenary meetings where commissioners come ready to vote along partisan lines and not to discuss the merit of issues before them,” she said in the statement.

SIEGE

Later, she spoke to the BBC and KTN in different interviews in which she told of a commission under siege, one she said was ran by a chairman who had been isolated by an imposing majority of commissioners who forced his decisions to a vote every time.

“We have a secretariat that has decided to take this country to hell,” Dr Akombe told KTN. “Until we fix that, we cannot run an election, not in one month, not in three months.” 

Last evening, Dr Akombe singled out Mr Chiloba, heaping the August 8 election irregularities on him, and accusing him of leading a parallel axis of power and influence at the commission.

“In other places, it is Ezra Chiloba who should have resigned, not Dr Roselyn Akombe,” she said in an interview with NTV’s Sidebar.

ODINGA WITHDRAWAL

She also revealed that Mr Chebukati had unsuccessfully proposed that the commission seek the Supreme Court’s interpretation on what Mr Odinga’s withdrawal from the election meant.

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