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VIDEO: Was this young Kenyan shot dead by cops in Atlanta really a drug/weapons criminal?

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The killing of a 23 year old Atlanta-based Kenyan man whom the police say was being tracked by the anti-narcotic unit since 2013 has left the Kenyan community in the metro Atlanta area and around the US with more questions than answers and elicited a heated debate on the social media.

Whereas some condemn suspected drug related crimes, others say they don’t wholly buy the story by the sheriff’s office as dead men tell no tales.

Some even suspect that race was a key factor in the shooting death of the young man.

In the meantime, Following the untimely death of Joel Gatu Muturi son of Pastor Gatu and Evangelist Lydia Gatu of Austell Georgia, meetings have been scheduled at KACC (771 Elberta Dr, Marietta) on Tuesday 7/4/17 and Friday7/7/17 at 6pm and 7pm respectively. 
Please keep the family in your prayers.

Last week, a deputy shot and killed a suspect as authorities served a drug warrant at an apartment complex in Cobb County, officials said.

The Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna undercover narcotics unit was serving the warrant at the Liberty Point Apartments, located in the 700 block of Franklin Gateway, when the suspect tried to hit deputies with his car, Cobb sheriff’s Lt. Col. Robert Quigley told the press.

The suspect was later identified as 23-year-old Joel Gatu Muturi. Officials have not released the identity of the deputy. Watch related video courtesy of Fox5 Atlanta:

Quigley said drugs and guns were recovered in the home.

The GBI is investigating the shooting, spokeswoman Nelly Miles said.

 

Meanwhile, Muturi’s death has elicited a heated debate on the social media. While some say the family should bear its burden, others feel there is more to the story than meets the eye. A number of Kenyans are also demanding to see the raw footage of the shooting incident.

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“Before you rush to judgement, pose and ask yourself how the man got into the car and attempted to run over the officers who were supposed to serve him with an arrest warrant,” wrote a concerned Georgia resident.

 

DANIEL MWAURA wrote the following on Facebook Monday:

I’m amazed by the deafening silence I see whenever a Kenyan get killed by police. You don’t even see a word of condolences to the grieving mother.

In 2016 a Kenyan Teenager got shot for holding a bloom and there was no outcry among the Kenyan community. This time a Kenyan got shot allegedly for drug trafficking and you didn’t see any outcry from the usual people.

I think the reason is, we are a young people in the US and haven’t learned how to deal with police brutality; when a tragedy like this happens we don’t know what to do. We either blame the ‘suspect’ or the parents who raised him up.

What if the story the police put out wasn’t true? If they went to serve him a warrant how did he end up in the car? If he was already in the car how did the police identify him as the suspect in the middle of the night? These are things we should wanna find out.

Most immigrant communities have organizations that represent their people and their needs in government and legal matters. We don’t have that as Kenyans, we are mostly united along church lines. We need to unite and have representation beyond our churches. Anyways, just my thoughts..
Daniel Mwaura, Atlanta.

 

 

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But Eric Mwangi wrote:

It’s not silence for lack of care but also from giving the grieving family time to get through with this difficult time.

Trust me most of us are mad and thinking just how we can help our young black boys and girls facing tough challenges in this country.

Many Leaders are now engaging and looking for ways to solve this however big or little they can.

Soon we are going to be having open and FREE workshops on HOW TO RAISE BLACk KIDS IN AMERICA… we are currently reaching out to the panel of presenters and urge each one of you with preteens and teens and even kids in their 20’s to be sure to attend and bring along your children.

Pls be on the lookout …

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the dearly departed…. it’s time to show some solidarity for good not time to flex. Thx

 

Ole Salania I agree the police are not truthfully in this modern times. We need more information concerning what transpired and if excessive amount of force was necessary.

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Daniel Mwaura The kid who got killed in 2016 was just a skinny teenager holding a bloom, and two grown cops shot him and claimed their lives were in danger. You see, when a Kenyan get killed by a thug we know how to deal with it, we can run to the police for help. BSee More

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Mungara Nganga Very well put. It is ironic that in the land of the free,you are only one traffic stop away from the grave.especially if you are a minority/immigrant

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Daniel Mwaura If we were well united as a people, in matters such as this, we could just hire lawyers to work with the GBI to get to the bottom of what actually happened. But since we are not we just don’t wanna deal with it. We just wanna forget about it and go on with our lives.

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Esther Thairo We should have strong Community Leaders, who can be the voice of the whole Community.
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Daniel Mwaura Esther Thairo, I don’t think it’s about strong leadership, we already have that. It’s just that we don’t have a united front. When an event like this happens the first question that is asked is, “nyina athiaga kwao?” and if happens that they are not affiliated with the Kenyan churches we know, the mother is on her own. We need to unite beyond our churches.
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Esther Thairo You are right Daniel Mwaura something drastically must be done.
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VIDEO: Man gives “free” advice to the Kikuyu Community

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A man who introduces himself as  John Ndung’u has recorded a video  – which has gone viral – in which he advises his tribesmen and women to be ‘street smart.’ Mr Ndung’u is emphatic on the need for unity especially in business ventures.

He singles out the Somali community in Nairobi as an example worth emulating,  saying that it has been able to own hundreds of businesses in prime locations due to unity of purpose.He concludes by telling the viewers that he would soon convene a meeting to address pertinent issues facing  members of his community. Watch:

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UNSUNG DIASPORA HEROES: Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica

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BY MAHUGU NUTHU

“Fake news!” “Fake news!” Sadly, we are now used to waking up to anti-press rhetoric. It’s the new catchphrase. Trump’s old “you’re fired” shtick has lost its mojo. His unrelenting attacks on members of the Fourth Estate is something one would only expect from authoritarian leaders. For us Africans, harassment of media is something that sounds too familiar.

For years we have come to appreciate press freedom as the lifeblood of democracy and ironically looking up to USA as the beacon of these ideals. But that’s another story for another time.  That’s not the subject of this piece, but it makes a good backdrop. Everybody understands the power media outlets, but probably less appreciated is the power of the Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica and dozens other online based newspapers. Today, these are the unsung heroes in our community.  The proof is in the pudding.

In a recent case in my own backyard, a family lost a young son in a road accident out of state. By Gosh, no parent should have to bury a child. We know it is not the natural order of things. That’s pain. Excruciating pain and sorrow. But God giveth and God taketh away.

It’s even worse when this happens abroad. As if death is not enough a blow, its followed by unimaginable bureaucratic tangle of paperwork and logistical nightmare. Consequently, the family needed assistance to move their son hundreds of miles to their state for a memorial service and then send him thousands of miles to his final resting place in Kenya.

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The committee had to reach out quickly to raise the funds though social media and traditional ways. Unsurprisingly Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica opened their pages. They responded quickly. Cases like this proves the importance of community press and the useful role these websites play in supporting the information needs of the Kenyan in USA.

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When it comes to tragedy, they do things that you won’t get from a monolithic newspaper in terms of turnaround time, reach and cost. Their results are very tangible and observable almost instantly, something you won’t get from the so called mainstream media.

These community websites do not usually charge for death notices and you reach a lot of Kenyans. Consider that one-day listing of four lines in a “national newspaper” will cost you several hundred dollars. And you might end up not reaching the people you are targeting.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not actually about money. It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to deal with the advertising department of a soulless intractable entity.  Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica operators understand our community because they’re a part of it. Nobody is immune to tragedies. For the record I don’t know these people personally. But their actions show that they do not merely serve as information providers. Sometimes “death announcement” means “financial help is needed ASAP”.

Only a Kenyan living in USA would understand that and urgency of the situation. New York Times might not. That’s how we handle things. We scream across the country albeit digitally. We are the ones who discovered the “digits” by sending smoke signals piece by piece across the ridges thousands of years before it became “on” and “off” that computers use today. It was stolen. But I digress. I will leave the “alternative facts” to the “post truth experts!”

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While we are on the “appreciation” subject, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the role of Kenyan Churches in USA. They have become the glue which holds our community together. In times of tragedy, hardship and sorrow, as in the above reference case, the local churches become sanctuaries of hope. Allow me to pull another Kansas City Metro backyard example.

Neema Community Church is rooted deeply in its community, and has its membership operating as de facto public servants. Located in Olathe, Kansas, it’s a huge beautiful sanctuary with classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, recreation areas, a large fellowship hall and huge kitchen attached to it. Well, and lots of parking to boot. Under Pastor, Rev. David Nzioka, it’s a community center dealing with needs that go beyond the mission of a traditional church.

A place of worship where local homeless escaping freezing nights often get free food. In a time of crisis thousands of miles from home you are bound to find fellow compatriots here looking for the elusive answers to their many “whys” and seeking comfort in each other. It’s the iconic sacred tree where Africans worship, meet and greet

.  After a year of polarizing elections that rekindled ethnic tensions, it’s very encouraging see Kenyans remaining united at that level. Tribal lines become effectively blurred.  It takes a dynamic, charismatic and inspirational leader to accomplish this. I hope you find your own fashion of “Dr. David Nzioka” in your neck of the woods.

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Back to my subject as I conclude. I understand there are many diaspora news websites whose primary mission is to cover the important issues that affect the Kenya community in USA. Many showcase community businesses for a fee. Yes, they are businesses themselves. They are not obligated to carry your message, however sad. They choose to do it.  While I did not mention them all by name, my biggest hope is that you will continue to support them.

These media outlets make our community better just because of their dedication to it.  Same case applies to our community churches and pastors. We should let them know that we do appreciate what they do. Although we are spread across this continent-size country, sea to shining sea, they make us a cohesive Kenyan community.

By Mahugu Nuthu | nuthology@gmail.com. Mahugu is the author of the book Nuthology.

 

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VIDEO: Kenyan Woman tried to rob a bank in Texas, use baby as a shield – Police

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A Kenyan woman tried to rob a bank in Murphy, Texas on Wednesday.

Police say Evelyn Misumi, 36, walked into a Bank of America branch armed with a hammer, gasoline and lighter fluid. She poured gasoline and lighter fluid on the bank’s lobby and demanded cash from the tellers while waving the hammer. Bank employees called 911, forcing Evelyn to run outside towards her car, says the police report.

When police arrived at the scene, they tried to use pepper spray to subdue her, but she pulled a 9-month-old baby from her car and “attempted to use the child as a shield,” police say.

Evelyn was taken to Collin County jail. The child was taken to Children’s Medical Center as a precaution.

Evelyn faces robbery and child endangerment charges.

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