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Kenyan Election Official Delayed, Allowed to Fly to US

  • Associated Press

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, far left, holds a microphone as he addresses supporters in the Kibera area of Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 13, 2017. Odinga urged his supporters to skip work on Monday in a protest against the country's disputed election and the police killings of rioters.

Kenyan officials say a top electoral official, among those who oversaw Kenya’s disputed presidential election, was delayed while on her way to the U.S.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission said via Twitter Wednesday that commissioner Roselyn Akombe delayed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by officials who have since apologized. She is to return from the U.S. on Sunday.


Earlier Wednesday, officials who insisted on anonymity for fear of reprisals said Akombe was stopped by security agents from boarding a flight to New York late Tuesday. Officials say her luggage was offloaded and she was told to seek clearance to travel from the director of immigration.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has rejected the official results of the presidential election, which show he lost to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Odinga claims that the vote was rigged.

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