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Former IEBC commissioner defends decision to not acknowledge daughter’s dad in NYU graduation celebration



On Thursday, May 20, 2021, former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe celebrated her daughter’s graduation from New York University.

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Roselyn Akombe’s daughter Joy (l) graduated from New York University. Photos: Roselyn Akombe.
Source: Twitter

In a heartfelt message posted on Twitter, Akombe recalled how she was teargassed at Karura Forest while pregnant with the young lady.

Akombe expressed pride in seeing Joy graduate from university while also crediting her mother and family for helping raise the young lady.

“Overjoyed! Congratulations my baby! Tumetoka mbali (we’ve come a long way). From being tear-gassed at Karura Forest with you in tummy to the independent, articulate, strong, brilliant #NYU2021 graduate! Special thanks to my mother and fam who always step in for me,” Akombe shared.

The doting mother shared several photos from her beautiful daughter’s graduation.

The images depicted Joy beaming at the camera while wearing a white dress and purple graduation gown.

In one image, the young lady was seen smiling next to her grandmother as the virtual ceremony took place in the background.
Roselyn Akombe. Photos: Roselyn Akombe.
Source: Twitter

An elated Akombe posted another photo of herself jumping in the air, writing:

“Trying to reach to the heavens to thank my Lord.”

Twitter users congratulated Akombe’s daughter for graduating, with one netizen wondering why the former IEBC commissioner did not recognise Joy’s father.

“Fathers are never recognized. Congratulations little siz,” he posted.

Akombe responded by implying her baby daddy does not deserve to be recognised.

“You give credit where it is due!” She wrote.

Here are more reactions from Twitter users:


“Is she married? Congratulations to her.”


“Congratulations to Joy. Please tell her I am so proud of her.”


“Wow. Congratulations to your little girl who’s not little anymore.”


“Well done to you all.”


“Congratulations Dr Akombe on your daughter’s graduation, she will be a fierce fighter like you. May God bless your efforts.”


“Congratulations. Her brilliance seems to match yours.”

Roselyn Akombe fled from Kenya in October 2017 and resigned as an IEBC commissioner, citing intimidation and lack of transparency in the electoral process.

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On February 16, 2021, Akombe disclosed she had landed back in the country for the first time since fleeing.

“Nothing beats the feeling of being home #Kenya, where my umbilical cord remains. Thanks a million to all who made it possible. I owe you a lot!” she posted.

By Tuko

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