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Akombe still an employee of the UN but on unpaid leave, press conference told in New York



The UN says that IEBC commissioner Roselyne Akombe will “fairly soon” return to the global organisation, further fuelling speculation about her future at the elections body.

Dr Akombe worked at the UN for 15 years there before taking unpaid leave to come to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“I am aware that she was on a leave of absence. At some point, I believe, fairly soon, it will be expiring and then she will return to her duties in the Department of Political Affairs,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told a UN press briefing on Thursday.

That Dr Akombe is still an employee of the UN, a body that appears keen on having her back before the completion of the six-year-term, has fuelled speculation that her trip to the US this week was to renew her status at the global body.

The following is a near-verbatim UN transcript of tThursday’s briefing by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General.

Question:  Sure.  I want to ask about Kenya and then about the Ng Lap Seng case. As you know, in… as you… as you may know in Kenya, the… the former or future DPA (Department of Political Affairs) employee Roselyn Akombe, who has given a leave of absence to work on the Electoral Commission there, attempted to leave the country and was detained at the airport. It’s now said that she’s come to New York for meetings.  So, I wanted to know two things.  Number one, is she having any meeting with the UN, since you said she’s coming to New York on official business?  Number two, when she was given this leave of absence — it’s become quite controversial.  As you know, the commission is getting sued for being not less than impartial — was there any… did the Ethics Office look at this… at this granting of a… of a leave of absence?  What… what’s her current status with the UN?  And, also, it’s come up because she appealed to the US embassy there.  For purposes of UN, is she from Kenya or from the United States?

Deputy Spokesman:  I wouldn’t have any comment on her nationality.  I don’t comment on the nationality of staff members. But… [inaudible]

Question:  Given that the person was detained and… okay.

Deputy Spokesman:  But I am aware that she was on a leave of absence.  At some point, I believe, fairly soon, it will be expiring and then she will return to her duties in the Department of Political Affairs.

Question:  So she has no contacts in the UN during this week?  Because it’s a big story in Kenya that she’s come to New York and she says she coming to New York for work related to the election.  So, I guess my question to you is, does this New York visit have any UN connection?

Deputy Spokesman:  I wouldn’t comment on her work until she’s re-joined the United Nations.  She’s not… at the time that she’s on leave, she is a separate individual.  Ms. Akombe, at some point, will re-join the Department of Political Affairs, and then she’ll be a UN staffer.


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Kenyan preacher set to hold a mega crusade in Atlanta this Saturday



All roads lead to Marietta Conference Centre this Saturday  as a Kenyan-born preacher holds a Mega free-entry crusade. Dubbed the Atlanta Healing Crusade, the eagerly awaited event will be presided over by Evangelist Steve Salania.

Mr Salania runs The Gift of Healing and Discernment through Jesus Christ Ministry.

“This year’s theme is God wants you whole and not sick,” he told Kenya Satellite News Network through a statement.

“God wants to do something for you that He has never done before. Don’t miss this opportunity to encounter the worldwide ministry of Steve Salania and experience the same impartation of the dynamic power of God that untold number of people have received,” the statement added.

The Crusade happens  on March 24th 2018, beginning at 2:00-5:00 PM. 

The Center is about ten miles West of Atlanta via I-75 North. You may call 404-993-0677 with any questions.

Below is a testimony from a person who only introduced him/herself as CJ

From C.J

“I BELIEVE IN YOUR GOD STEVE. I told you about my pain through the phone. I told you I don’t have faith anymore….I’m the kind that keeps everything to themselves and smile like nothing is going on…but on that  day, I don’t know how I opened up…You stopped everything you were doing and we prayed about 4 times.

I had no Faith coz I visited major hospitals here in USA where the different machines could not find anything. I was in extreme pain but I thought it’s normal to me and I accepted my painful life. But that was not true because now I am pain free. I pushed people away from me so as not to see me in pain but Your God did it for me.

MAY HE CONTINUE USING YOU. THANK YOU AND MORE BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I still don’t believe yet that I can sleep without pain meds… your God came Himself… I shed tears of Joy🙏🙏🙏🙏 and I will Forever be Grateful.”

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Miguna Miguna, Dallas-Based Promoter Clash over ‘Stolen’ $20,000 Raised During His US Tour



National Resistance Movement self-declared general Miguna Miguna is accusing a group of Kenyan promoters based in Dallas, Texas of stealing $20,000  from him during his tour to popularize NRM in the US city.

Miguna toured Dallas on March 10th, where he held meetings with Kenyan diaspora community and wooed them to support his NRM agenda.

His visit was organized by a Kenyan promoter, Steve Aseno, who among others; booked the meeting hall and arranged for Miguna’s flight.

The former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant delivered a speech to his followers in Dallas, which was followed by a fundraiser to raise cash to help him foot legal bills and fix the damaged doors, which were broken by police during his arrest at his Runda home.

Miguna now claims that Aseno swindled $20,000 raised from the Dallas meeting. He said the Kenyan promoter declined to give him the whole amount donated during the fund drive.

Aseno has denied the claims, stating that he even suffered a loss of more than $1,000 from the event.

The promoter said the event flopped after Miguna launched attacks on National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga over his unity pact with President Kenyatta, days before coming to Dallas.

Aseno said that several of Odinga’s supporters who had confirmed their attendance pulled out after Miguna’s attack on Odinga. Only 114 guests attended. Guests were charged $20 to enter the hall, $10 to take a photo with Miguna and $50 for an unframed photo of Raila.

“Because of Miguna running his mouth, he did not sell a single portrait and the donations became very few to the extent that most supplied had to take a cut for the sake of Miguna,” Aseno stated.

Miguna received $1,195 from the fundraiser and Sh$150 from the photos. Aseno has challenged Miguna to “use logic and explain where the figure of $20,000 came from.”

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