There was drama at JKIA on the evening of Tuesday, August 15, after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) was blocked from travelling to the US.
Dr. Roselyn Akombe was on her way to the Trumpland for official duty when officials at Kenya’s biggest airport nabbed her for lack of clearance from the Head of Public Service. She was ejected off a plane.
Akombe was held at the airport police post before the American Embassy in Kenya intervened and had her moved to the government pavilion at the airport.
The electoral body confirmed the incident saying the commissioner was headed to the US for official duty and would be back this Sunday, August 20.
“Dr Akombe who is traveling to US for an official meeting was delayed at JKIA by officials who have since apologized. She returns on Sunday,” IEBC tweeted an hour prior to this post going live.
Akombe was cleared after Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua intervened although she missed her flight. She left the country on the morning of Wednesday, August 16.
She is one of the more vocal commissioners at IEBC and the de facto Spokesperson, and could also be seen handing Chair Wafula Chebukati pieces of his declaration when he was announcing the election results on Friday night.
Uhuru Kenyatta was announced the winner of the hotly-contested presidential race even as the Opposition coalition maintains the exercise was rigged in the incumbent’s favour.
Raila Odinga is set to give a direction to his supporters on Wednesday, August 16 after postponing it by a day.
Nasa supporters poured into the streets and engaged anti riot police in running battles soon after the poll results were announced.