Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe is under fire from Kenyans on social media after her tribute to slain IEBC ICT director Chris Msando.
On what was supposed to be Msando’s 48th birthday, Akombe penned a moving tribute describing him as a brave man who was eliminated for standing up for electoral justice.
Akombe, who is currently in the US after resuming her job at the UN headquarters in New York, further assured Msando’s family that she will not relent until justice is served.
“And to those who wonder why I remind you of this travesty when you have moved on. It is the least I can do to keep the memory of this hero alive. Until we finally find justice for him and his family. No matter how long it takes,” Akombe tweeted on Monday.
But her message triggered reactions from Kenyans online with some accusing her of hypocrisy and using Msando’s death to seek attention.
@Muthoga_Jay said: “Stop this noise, you don’t gaf about his family coz if you did, you’d have done the right thing long ago instead of seeking attention using his name every time you get a chance to.”
@SekhoRoberts tweeted: “But you have coded the justice buttons, haven’t you? Can’t a quest for the same just begin with you; for the fact that you have details sufficient o’er the same? It’s all pretense if you will bring him to the memory of his fam without helping them scratch the truth!”
Mussa wrote: “Why are you speaking from away??? What will reminding us do to change anything? You were in the IEBC then you were only willing to shout online while you’re away... just keep quiet…your noise is not making any change.”
Msando was found dead in Muguga Forest in Kikuyu, Kiambu County on July 31st, 2017, a day after he was allegedly abducted in Nairobi by unknown people.
His mutilated body was found together with that of 21-year-old Carol Ngumbu, with postmortem examination revealing he was strangled to death.
His abduction and murder came a week before the August 8th, 2017 general election in which he would have played a key role.
Akombe fled to the US eight days before the October 26th repeat presidential election from where she announced her resignation from IEBC, claiming her life was in danger.