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Is Dr. Roselyn Akombe Dead?

Teddy Munene
Kenyan blogger writing on politics, governance, and social media.
CAPTION: Former IEBC Commissioner Dr. Roselyn Akombe

This evening, a local Kenyan blog by the name “Kenyan Report” published a post claiming that former IEBC Commissioner Dr. Roselyn Akombe had been found dead inside her apartment in the United States where she currently resides.

CAPTION: Local Kenyan blog kills Dr. Roselyn Akombe.

Akombe flew to New York in 2017 just days before the controversial presidential repeat poll over what she described as “security reasons”.

“I do not feel safe enough to go back home. This is not what I thought,” she told of the fleeing of her brother days after the August 8 annulled poll.

“They were calling him on WhatsApp telling him ‘tell your sister to relax. Tell your sister not to ask many questions’”

As a person, she said, the threats could have come from any of the political sides.

“I have never felt the kind of fear I felt in my own country. If you get those, you will be suicidal to think that nothing will happen to you,” she told the BBC.

In the poorly written post, the local blog claims that a “postmortem” conducted on Monday morning revealed that Akombe was strangled to death on the night of 23rd June which we find extremely odd since the ex-commissioner has been active on social media with her latest tweet being sent just three hours ago.

Neither Akombe nor her representatives have released any official communication over her alleged death as of yet but Indian based Kenyan journalist Leon Lidigu has confirmed that Roselyn is alive and well.

We at strongly condemn this blatant case of fake news.

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