Akombe announced her return through her Twitter account.
She posted photos of herself captioned “No place like home! #Kenya”.
— Dr. Roselyn Akombe (@DrRoselynAkombe) December 29, 2022
In 2017, Akombe fled the country to New York, United States.
This was a week before the slated presidential elections re-run, on October 26.
Soon after arriving in the US, Akombe resigned as a commissioner of IEBC.
In an interview with the BBC, she said she had fled in fear for her life.
“You’ll be suicidal to think that nothing will happen to you. I have never felt the kind of fear that I felt in my own country,” Akombe told the BBC.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was under “siege”, she said, adding that it was divided.
Akombe feared for her life
At the time of her resignation, Akombe claimed that the commissioners and other IEBC personnel had been receiving death threats.
She said the death threats were anonymous, further claiming that she had been put under pressure to resign.
She reiterated that she did not “feel safe enough to be able to go home” at the time and subsequently, in the near future
Akombe had further claimed that IEBC was competent enough to hold the October 26th repeat elections.
“IEBC would not be able to conduct a credible election, arguing that there were things that were going wrong that the commission was not telling Kenyans about,” she said.
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Currently,Roselyn Akombe is the Governance and Peace building Regional Coordinator at UNDP’s Regional Service Centre for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with additional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya and serving 45 Country Offices.
She previously served as the Chief of Policy at the Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political and Peace building Affairs at the United Nations in New York. In 2017,
She also served as an economist with the African Union.
Dr. Akombe is an advocate for the protection of human rights, social justice, environmental protection, and inclusion of youth and women in all political and socioeconomic spheres of life.
Prior to her work with the African Union and the United Nations, she was active in the Kenyan student movement, civil society and the women’s movement.
She continued this work in the United States with WomenRising Inc. focusing on economic opportunities for Black women.
Dr. Akombe supports several causes dedicated to social justice and the full involvement of youth and women in all aspects of life.
The mother of two was born in Kenya in 1976.