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Akombe fled Kenya ahead of the 2017 repeat Presidential election citing fear of her security.

Former IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe is back in Kenya for the first time in five years.

The former IEBC boss flee Kenya ahead of the 2017 repeat Presidential election citing fear of her security even as she alleged that the IEBC is under state capture.

It is then that she also stated that she had resigned as the IEBC boss.

Since then, Akombe never came back to Kenya.

But on Thursday, she posted pictures of herself and captioned them "No place like home! #Kenya", an indicator that she was now back home.

In an interview with BBC, she said she had fled in fear for her life.

Former IEBC Commissioner Roselyn Akombe. PHOTO | COURTESY

While recalling Chris Msando's murder, which happened before the August 2017 elections., Akombe said she was not assured of security in Kenya.

"You'll be suicidal to think that nothing will happen to you. I have never felt the kind of fear that I felt in my own country," Akombe said.

She further claimed that the Wafula Chebukati-led IEBC was under "siege",  adding that it was divided.

Akombe said the commissioners and other IEBC personnel had been receiving death threats.

She said the death threats were anonymous further adding that she had been put under pressure to resign.

She reiterated that she did not "feel safe enough to be able to go home" at the time and subsequently, in the near future.

"I do not feel safe enough to go back home. This is not what I thought," she answered when asked if the IEBC was safe.

Kenyans commented on her return, welcoming her back.