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VIDEO: How Kenyan women in Diaspora are being conned of millions by Kenya based ‘lovers’

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IN GIKUYU LANGUAGE: This woman is very unhappy with Kenyan men who lie to Kenyan women living abroad about their marital status and fool or trick them into sending money frequently which they [men] “shamelessly use to raise their children and take care of their real wives.” She advises against falling for “Kenyan online love-scammers.”

“Some women think America is heaven on earth and will do anything to follow a Kenyan man there even when the said man is such a con,” she says. WATCH:

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Illegal immigrants turn to GoFundMe in effort to stay in U.S.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Some enterprising citizens who are fed up with the slow pace of progress in building President Trump’s border wall have decided to take matters into their own hands.

US media reports that dozens of people have launched GoFundMe accounts to raise money that they say they will make sure is used to push the president’s plans for his “great, beautiful wall.”

On the other hand,  illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have also turned to “crowdfunding” to raise money, asking for donations to pay their fees as they rush to apply for renewed status under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that keeps them from being deported.

According to Washington Times, American good Samaritans have been donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than 600 pro-immigrant campaigns as they look for ways to become personally involved in the immigration debate.

“This is certainly a way they can do that, and it makes a big difference to these people,” said Peter Boogaard, communications director at FWD.us, a pro-immigration advocacy group founded by tech executives that is working with GoFundMe to highlight the DACA campaigns. “They’re not asking for huge amounts of money. They’re asking for a little bit of support to make their ability to renew their applications a little easier.”

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Kenyan woman dies on board plane to Dallas, Texas

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A Kenyan woman who was travelling to the United States from Nairobi to visit her family died aboard a plane on Tuesday less than an hour before it landed.

According to the family, Hannah Kamau, a resident of Githunguri in Kiambu County, fell ill suddenly and died while on the flight to Dallas, Texas.

The family said efforts by the cabin crew to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

“They told us that she developed shortness of [breath] and started gasping for air. [After collapsing, the cabin crew performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) that revived her. But after about ten minutes or so, she collapsed again and this time around they couldn’t revive her,” said Mr Patrick Nganga, her nephew who lives in Dallas.

Her daughter, Ms Alice Kamau, told the Nation her mother had not complained of any signs of illness before she embarked on the journey in Nairobi.

“I spoke to my mom just before she boarded the flight in Nairobi and she was in a jovial mood because she was finally coming over to see us, especially her grandchildren. At the time, she didn’t complain of anything. Therefore, it was a total shock to me when I was told that she had died,” said Ms Kamau.

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Ms Kamau said she was informed of her mother’s death by airport personnel where she was waiting to pick her up.

The family is waiting for the autopsy report to know the cause of her death.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 23 at the Neema Gospel Church in Dallas, Texas.

 

By Chris Wamalwa, Daily Nation

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Kenyan lawyers in US push for Diaspora vote

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A group of Kenyan lawyers based in the United States is mobilising their compatriots in North America and Europe to agitate for the implementation of voting rights for  Kenyans in Diaspora.

The lawyers have accused the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of abrogating fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the bill  of rights that guarantees the rights for all Kenyans to participate in their country’s electoral and governance processes. 

The lawyers coalescing under the clarion call “Kenyans in the Diaspora Must Vote” (KDMV) movement have promised to collect a million signatures from all Kenyans of goodwill to petition the government to pay close attention on their right to vote.

Minnesota-based advocates Henry Ongeri and Peter Omari are leading the movement. They have also contracted lawyers based in Nairobi to assist in pursuing contempt of court charges to be filed against IEBC for disobeying an order from the Supreme Court six years ago, requiring them to come up with the road map for Diaspora voting. 

When President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the US in August, the implementation of the constitutional clause on Diaspora voting was a big elephant in the room that led major concern.

Kenyans in the US tried in vain to meet Uhuru over the matter. They accused ambassador Robinson Githae of frustrating their efforts. 

Observers believe the president’s failure to create room and meet with members of the Kenyan community living in America, was a calculated move intended to avoid embarrassing questions on why his government has not demonstrated the desire to operationalise the constitutional provisions that allow Kenyans abroad to vote.

Ongeri said IEBC faces imminent and inevitable contempt of court charges to be filed soon.

“The fact that IEBC was served with an order to commence the process of facilitating Kenyans living overseas, and not those living in East Africa alone, but ignored the Supreme Court order, demonstrates a sort of conspiracy to lock out one of the most important demographics considered key players in stabilising Kenya’s economy through their foreign exchange contributions,” he said.

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