IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe barred from flying to the US

IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe was forced to spend Tuesday night at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after the state stopped her from traveling.

Dr. Akombe was traveling to New York on official duties when immigration officers refused to clear her citing instructions from above.


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She was scheduled to depart using Emirate Airlines that left Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday 10.45 pm, via Dubai but couldn’t go past the Immigration desk.

“The officers just told the commissioner to talk to Director of Immigration Gordon Kihalangwa for any inquiry,” an eye witness told the Standard.

She had already checked in, given a boarding pass but her luggage was disembarked from the plane after she was blocked from existing.

Dr. Akombe who had been sent to New York by her boss Chairman Wafula Chebukati, was forced to retreat to the VIP lounge as she awaited her protocols.

This morning, the IEBC said in a tweet that the commissioner has now been cleared and she is proceeding with her journey, the immigration department has apologized.

“Dr. Akombe who is traveling to the US for an official meeting was delayed at JKIA by official who have since apologized. She returns on Sunday,” the Tweet read.

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IEBC’s Roselyn Akombe detained at JKIA on trip to US