A senior member of Kenya’s electoral commission (IEBC) has fled to the US amid death threats ahead of next week’s presidential election re-run. Roselyn Akombe said the IEBC was under political “siege”, unable to reach consensus or take any decisions.
The IEBC said it regretted her decision to quit, while its chairman conceded that he could not guarantee that the poll would be credible. Last week, opposition leader Raila Odinga pulled out of the vote.
The Supreme Court annulled the result of the original 8 August poll, when current President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner, after finding irregularities and illegalities. IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati said he regretted Ms Akombe’s decision to quit and warned Kenya’s political leaders not to “interfere with the process”.
Speaking to BBC Newsday interview from New York, Ms Akombe recalled the murder of the election commission’s IT head, Chris Msando, before the August poll. “You’ll be suicidal to think that nothing will happen to you,” she said. “I have never felt the kind of fear that I felt in my own country,” Ms Akombe told the BBC.