November 23rd 2017

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Akombe breaks down during U.S. radio interview, cries for Kenya's future

“In other countries that I have worked [Akombe was previously a United Nations employee, based in New York] the international community should have been the first to raise these concerns.”

By John Onyandojonyando@kenyafreepress.comThursday, 19 Oct 2017 17:18 EAT

Head of the Carter Foundation's observer mission, former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is seen here with IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba, the chief suspect in the plot to rig the August election.

Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe broke down during an interview with the National Public Radio in New York. In the audio that has been widely shared on the internet, Dr Akombe blames the international community for endorsing electoral fraud on a massive scale in kenya.

“You have not heard anybody from the international community explain whether we have environment that will lead us to have a fair and credible election,” she told the interviewer.

As she gave a blow-by-blow account of the international community's failures in the nullified August 8 presidential election and the follow-up, the interviewer asked Dr Akombe whether she had been a "mole" of the opposition in the commission, and at that point Akombe broke down.

“I cannot be a crazy person who has woken up and is raising these issues. I’m speaking out because I care for that country, I passionately care about my country. I do not want to see my country going down again,” she said, apparently shocked at how, even in international media, demand for accountability in IEBC has been made to look as support for the opposition.

“I am speaking out because I’m hoping that there are some sober heads who will take this up and redeem that country (Kenya), before it goes down the drain…sorry you got me a bit emotional, I wouldn’t  be able to continue with this interview,” she told the interviewer and then stopped.

Earlier in the audio, Dr Akombe censured the international election observers who endorsed the Kenyan election. “It’s a complex situation and where you have international community fully supporting the entire process, without questioning any part of such process,” she stated.

“In other countries that I have worked [Akombe was previously a United Nations employee, based in New York] the international community should have been the first to raise these concerns.”

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