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Roselyne Akombe's exit: Kenyans react

Wednesday October 18 2017

Dr Roselyn Akombe Kwamboka during her vetting for position of IEBC commissioner on January 10, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Dr Roslyn Akombe. She says IEBC is deeply divided and commissioners are serving partisan interests. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Mixed reactions have greeted news of Commissioner Roselyn Akombe’s resignation from the IEBC.

Leaders and ordinary Kenyans on Tuesday took to social media to express their feelings on Dr Akombe’s dramatic exit.

INTEGRITY

Some condemned her resignation and branded her “a National Super Alliance Coalition (Nasa) mole” at IEBC while others said she is “a heroine”.

Those who hit out at her claimed Dr Akombe was being used by Raila Odinga’s to leak information at the commission while her supporters termed her decision as good for Kenya.

Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga said Dr Akombe’s designation would save Kenya.

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“I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity Roselyn Akombe. @WChebukati save Kenya by doing the right thing,” she posted on Twitter.

However, some Kenyans, who seem to be Jubilee supporters termed, the Dr Akombe’s resignation as politically influenced.

'SHUJAA'

“When Raila says ‘our sources within IEBC’ he's talking about Roselyn Akombe. Her resignation is politically affiliated. A mole!” Wycliffe Machuka said on Twitter.

Nasa lawyer Nelson Havi lauded Dr Akombe’s move.

“Roselyn Akombe has done Kenyans proud by exposing fraudulent schemes of Jubilee. She should be acknowledged as a shujaa (heroine), on Mashujaa Day.”

Former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Miguna Miguna said Dr Akombe has “conscience together with integrity” that is needed for Kenya’s democracy to mature

Other chose to train their guns on other commissioners and CEO Ezra Chiloba.

“IEBC will destroy Kenya,” Donald Kipkoris tweeted.

EU OBSERVERS

Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said Dr Akombe, being American citizen, has an alternative home.

“For us our home is Kenya and we shall do everything to protect its democracy and rule of law,” he said

Mr Cyprian Nyakundi said  Dr Akombe's resignation had left “European Union tourists” with an egg on their faces.

They don't understand Kenya, he said.

“If you think you are having a bad day, take a moment and think about EU observers that gave IEBC Election preparedness heads up a few days ago,” he said

Another Kenyan, silassilo @sdomoo tweeted “Roselyn Akombe exit from IEBC is a clear indication that the commission will not deliver free fare and credible elections.”

Mr Linus Kemboi, on his part, tweeted said “people are congratulating or condemning Dr Roselyn Akombe's resignation depending on their political stand.”