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New Jersey suspends License for Kenyan woman found guilty of killing husband

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The New Jersey State Board of Examiners has suspended the teaching license of a Kenyan woman sentenced to death in Kenya for murdering her own husband.

Sheila Wanjiku Kibinge, who also goes by the name Sheila Kairu, was convicted by Justice Jessie Lessit of the Kenya High Court on July 24th of this year of killing her husband, Leonard Kibinge Kiruri on April 14, 2014 in Gitaru village in Kikuyu, Kiambu County. She was sentenced to death on August 1st, 2017.

Sheila who resided in Maplewood, New Jersey before her trip to Kenya, was an elementary school teacher in the state. Upon learning of her conviction for murder in Kenya, the New Jersey State Board of Examiners under the New Jersey Department of Education on July 27th voted to suspend her teaching license. The matter was formally adopted on September 15th of this year.

“On this 15th day of September 2017, the Board formally adopted its written decision to suspend and it is therefore ORDERED that Sheila Kairu’s Teacher of Elementary School and Teacher of Physical Science Certificates of Eligibility and her Teacher of Physical Science, Teacher of

Elementary School and Supervisor certificates be suspended, effective immediately,” wrote the Board.

She was further ordered to return her certificated to the Board within 30 days of the decision.

If she is ever cleared of the crime and gets out of prison, Sheila will be eligible to have the suspension lifted.

While there was no direct evidence to link Sheila to the crime, the judge said the circumstantial evidence as well as Sheila’s inconsistent accounts of the events surrounding her husband’s death were strong enough to convict her.

Sheila told the court that she was a passenger in the car and asleep as her husband drove. She said she believed carjackers entered the car, and she only woke up to a blast she later learned was a gunshot. The car then crashed into a fence after which she fled the scene to save her life and seek help, she told the court.

The Judge noted that it was interesting that after the incident, she bypassed Kikuyu Police Station, which is a few meters from the scene of incident and opted to report the ‘kidnapping’ at Central Police Station in Nairobi. “The accused by-passed Kikuyu Police Station and other nearer stations to go report the alleged kidnapping at Central…this was just an attempt to buy time so as to delay the process of investigations that she knew would follow.”

“I also considered the evidence of two witnesses who lived near the fence the deceased crashed into,” the judge said. “The witnesses said they heard three loud blasts and there is no way the accused can feign ignorance that three gunshots were fired since she was seated right next to her husband at the time,” the judge said in court.

She was also said to have changed clothes by the time she reported the matter to the police station.

The motive of the killing was believed to be dispute over property ownership. The murder weapon was never found.

Sheila said she was in Kenya at the time to secure a visa for her husband so that he could move to the US where she lived.

 

-mwakilishi.com

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VIDEO: Uhuru posts 13 new ambassadors to different countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.

He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya.

President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them farewell to their new stations.

“I expect a great deal from you to achieve our agenda. We expect much more than the routine diplomatic relations. I expect results that are better,” the President told the new ambassadors.

He added: ‘You are the voice of our country through engagements that promote good partnerships in trade, investment and the blue economy,”

The President told the new ambassador-designate to Belgium Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure Kenya retains the big market it enjoys within the European Union.

Watch Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma:

Turning to Cuba whose 100 specialist doctors have already arrived in the country, the President told ambassador-designate Anthony Muchiri to continue the ongoing partnership to enable training of more Kenyan doctors in the Island nation.

The President told the new envoys to Netherlands and France , Lawrence Lenayapa and Prof Judy Wakhungu respectively to seek greater partnerships with their respective countries of accreditation over the blue economy initiative and which Kenya will be host an international conference later in the year.

The President said France also remains Kenya’s great partner in the green Energy sector and told Prof. Wakhungu to pursue further partnerships with the same zeal she used to eradicate the menace on plastics when she served as Cabinet Secretary for Environment.

He told the new High Commissioner to New Delhi Willy Bett to use his huge knowledge and skills in Agriculture to open the Indian market for Kenya’s products, training for the youth and value addition for our agricultural commodities.

On her part, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma noted that the new ambassadors had been taken through vetting and training and she was confident they would deliver on the objectives and pursue national interests expected of them.

“We expect you to promote, project and protect Kenya’s national interest all the time. In your endeavor to build mutually beneficial ties and strategic partnerships, you are expected to preserve the dignity and honour of your homeland,” the CS told the diplomats.

The other High Commissioners were Kiema Kilonzo ( Uganda), Dr. Willy Machage (Nigeria) ,Mohammed Shidiye ( Botswana) and Dan Kazungu (Tanzania).

Former Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will represent Kenya at the UN-Geneva as a Permanent Representative, Dr.Hassan Wario at UN-Vienna as the ambassador designate and Richard Ekai as the new ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Phyllis Kandie proceeds to Paris as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

PCSU contributed to this story

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Kenyan in Atlanta counts blessings as he owns two successful businesses

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Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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I’d never live in US again even if they gave me $1M a year – Koinange

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Kenyan media personality Jeff Koinange and his co-host Jalang’o on Hot 96 FM took time on Tuesday to discuss how Kenyans in the US live in their new home and how they act when they go back home to Kenya for holidays.

In a discussion that began with Jeff saying that he had met an old friend who has been living in New Jersey for 30 years, the conversation turned to why he would never return to America and slowly veering into the tribulations faced by Kenyans in the US.

“I will never go back to stay in America even if they gave me a million dollars a year,” Jeff proclaimed. “Nowhere be like Africa”

The duo also discussed what they thought were the reasons that Kenyans get “stuck” in the US. They at one point speculated that many in the US go back home only to find that their peers are doing pretty well and feel like they are no match.

Listen to the whole conversation here.

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