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Latvia man jailed for smuggling miraa from Nairobi into UK

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Latvia man jailed for smuggling miraa from Nairobi into UK

By ALLAN TAWAI

A man who was caught trafficking miraa from Nairobi to the UK has been jailed for ten months by a judge at Warwick Crown Court.

The 27-year old Nauris Ennitis from Latvia, pleaded guilty to the illegal importation of 35 kilograms of miraa with a value of Sh. 2,800, 000 (£20,000) into the UK where the plant is a banned class C drug.

The defendant had arrived at London City Airport on a flight from Zurich having originally travelled from Nairobi.

Prosecutor Madhu Rai told the court that in September 2017, Ennitis was stopped by a UK Border Agency officer who had spotted him pushing two large suitcases which he later said he had packed himself.

The court was told that when the officer questioned the accused whether he had been given anything to carry, Ennitis immediately admitted by saying “Yes, I’ve got khat in there. It’s all mine, no-one else has anything to do with it. I just wanted to make some money.”

The two suitcases were stripped open and officers found cloth-wrapped bundles of miraa. The suspect admitted on the spot that he knew it was illegal to bring miraa into the UK, but he was going to gain from importing it.

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During the interview, Ennitis said a friend in Kenya had offered to pay him Sh. 140, 000 (£1,000) once he had successfully delivered the drug into the UK.

The prosecutor, Miss Rai, pointed out migrant population from East Africa countries as the main market for the leafy plant which is chewed and has a similar effect to amphetamine, the court also heard that at the time of the case, Ennitis was subject to a 12-week suspended sentenced imposed for breaching a community order he had originally received for driving with excess alcohol.

Speaking via a video link from the prison where he had been on remand, Ennitis, who was representing himself explained that he had breached the suspended sentence and it had been activated in full last month. Regarding miraa offence, he acknowledged “I knew it was illegal, the only reason I was doing it was because I had lost my previous property, and I needed to get a new property,” he said

Ennitis also told the court that, with the exception of last month, he had been consistently working and paying taxes since moving to the UK from Latvia.
He said: “I feel remorse about it. It was a bad thing to do.”

While delivering the judgement the judge said: “You were being paid for that. You needed money because you were in debt, but there are other ways of getting money. You could have done more overtime, but you chose to go down this course. But it is clear you are showing great shame for what you did, and you were entirely honest when you were caught. I very much trust this is the last time the courts are troubled by you, and that you can go back to being a hard-working citizen of this country.”

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In 2013, the Dutch government banned miraa exports denying Kenya over Sh1.5 billion in annual revenue.

Soon after, the UK declared miraa a class C drug and banned all imports, leaving Kenyan farmers with Somalia as the only major market.

 

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Trump now makes it harder for Immigrants to get Green Cards and deny citizenship to those who “can’t support themselves”

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The Trump administration has announced new policy that makes it tougher for legal immigrants in the United States to obtain permanent residency or citizenship.

In a policy titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” that appeared Monday on the Federal Register, the administration says immigrants who use public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, or public housing will be considered a “public charge”. Becoming a pubic charge or likely to become a pubic charge is grounds to be denied a green card.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” Acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli said at a White House briefing on Monday.

Analysts say the new move could dramatically reduce family-based legal immigration from Mexico, Central America and Africa, where intending green card holders are economically disadvantaged.

Under US law, only US citizens and legal permanent residents who have had their green cards for at least five years are eligible to apply for federal public benefits.

Source: –Mwakilishi.com

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MULTIPLE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Kenyan man who died of Cancer buried in US

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BY SAMRACK

The late John Thiongo Thuo, 54,  was laid to rest on Friday August 9 2019 at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell, MA
Thion’o passed on, on July 25, 2019, after a long, hard-fought battle with gallbladder cancer. He was the beloved husband of Lucy Thiongo and father of Marc Brian Thiongo and Ivy Margaret Thiongo, all of Dracut,Massachusetts.

John Thuo Thiongo was born December 23, 1964 in Kenya, he was the son of Simon Kabutu Thuo and Margaret Wanjiru Thuo, brother to James Kabutu, Julia Thuo, Lucy Muchina, Zacharia Thuku, and Joseph Kariuki, all of Kenya.
He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

Friends and Family were received at the Community Christian Fellowship Church, 105 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, on Friday 9 to 10 a.m, followed by his Funeral Service at 10 a.m.

Interment followed shortly at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell.

The solemn event was attended by many close friends and family and one of the late John Thuo Thiongo’s long time Nairobi University classmate and best friend Mr Nelson Waweru, who is now a Professor of Accounting to the School of Administrative Studies, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, at York University,Toronto,Canada.

You have really stood with us and made us stronger. May the good Lord extends your boundaries always in Jesus name. Amen.

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The funeral arrangements were entrusted to MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.

On behalf of the entire family, we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, prayers, time, presence, contribution, and tireless work during this grieving process. You have really stood with us and made us stronger.

On behalf of the entire family, We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, prayers, time, presence, contribution, and tireless work during this grieving process.

A special thank you to Rev Captain Josephat Njoroge Vicar St Stephen’s Church Lowell,Massachusetts. Ven Samuel Kimohu,Rev Alice Muchai,the entire St Stephen’s Church Board and Leadership, Masters of Ceremonies Mr Peter Thuo and J.K (Diplomat), Wa Saimo,CCF Lowell,IMANI Church, USHINDI PCEA,PCEA NEEMA,Well of Worship Dracut the entire Kenyan Community and organizations and individuals that offered their prayers, financial and moral support to Lucy Thiongo, Ivy Margaret, Marc Brian Thiongo, Baba and Mama Thiongo.

May the good Lord extends your boundaries always in Jesus name.,May the Lord refresh you just as you have refreshed others. Amen!

“HE LATE JOHN THUO THIONGO, GREW UP AS AN OBEDIENT CHILD WHO USEDD TO HELP HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS AT HOME AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

HE WAS BAPTIZED WHEN HE WAS A BABY AND CONFIRMED IN CHURCH WHEN HE WAS OF AGE.
EDUCATION
THE LATE JOHN STARTED SCHOOLING IN KIGANJO IN THE YEAR 1971, AND IN 1972 HE GOT ENROLLED IN TULAGA PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM STANDARD ONE TO SEVEN IN 1979.

HE WENT TO MAGUMU SECONDARY FOR HIS A LEVEL EDUCATION OF FORMS 1 TO 4.

HE ADVANCED FURTHER TO COMPLETE FORMS 5 AND 6 IN KIANYAGA HIGH THEN ADVANCED TO NAIROBI UNIVERSITY WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS BACHELORS AND LATER RETURNED FOR HIS MASTERS DEGREE.

HE THEN CAME TO AMERICA AND ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO COMPLETE HIS ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING TO BECOME AN RN FROM 2001-2003.

LASTLY, HE ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, LOWELL FOR HIS MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA), FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES FROM 2005-2007.
MARRIAGE
THE LATE JOHN MET AND LATER MARRIED LUCY KANYI IN 1990, IN CHURCH OF TORCH THOGOTO. THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TWO CHILDREN, MARCBRIAN THUO AND IVY MARGARET WANJIRU.
EMPLOYMENT
THE LATE JOHN WORKED IN DIFFERENT COMPANIES, LIKE PORTLAND CEMENT, COFFEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, HENKEL CHEMICALS LIMITED, AND ECOLAB MOMBASA, THEN HE RELOCATED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN 2001.

IN THE STATES, HE GOT ENROLLED IN A NURSING SCHOOL WHERE HE GOT HIS DEGREE IN NURSING.

HE DID HIS MBA AND UPON GRADUATING HE WENT FOR TRAINING IN NEWTON-WELLESLEY AS AN ADMINISTRATOR-IN-TRAINING FOR KINDRED HEALTHCARE. HE LATER TRANSFERERED TO MAINE TO START HIS NEW JOB AS AN ADMINISTRATOR. OTHER PLACES HE WORKED FOR KINDRED HEALTHCARE WERE AVERY MANOR, HE LATER LEFT KINDRED AND WENT TO WORK FOR GOLDEN LIVING CENTER IN ATTLEBORO UNTIL 2017, WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GALLBLADDER CANCER.
HOSPITALIZATION
THE LATE JOHN WAS HOSPITALIZED AND TREATED IN DIFFERENT HOSPITALS ; ANGELLES HOSPITAL IN MEXICO,LOWELL GENERAL HOSPITAL MAIN/SAINTS CAMPUS, LAHEY HOSPITAL, DANA FARBER CANCER CENTER, BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL, AND MERRIMARCK VALLEY HOSPITAL IN HAVERHILL WHERE HE PASSESD AWAY ON JULY 25, 2019 AT 2AM SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY.

PRIOR TO HIS DEATH, HE HAD ACCEPTED JESUS AS HIS PERSONAL SAVIOR. IT WAS GOD WHO GAVE JOHN THIONGO THUO UNTO US AND IT IS HE WHO HAS CALLED HIM BACK HOME. BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.”

After laying the flowers and photo session,the funeral procession proceeded on for Mercy
 Meal at
 St Stephen’s Church,Lowell,Massachusetts 279 West 6th Street,Lowell,Massachusetts

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STORY, PHOTOS AND VIDEO COURTESY OF SAMRAK.COM

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SPONSORED: ‘Mahiga Homes’ given great reception at KWITU Reunion as it winds up successful USA tour [PHOTOS]

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The leading affordable real estate developer in Kenya, Mahiga homes Ltd has successfully undertaken the tour of meet the people in the USA, the US tour culminated in showcasing their affordable houses at KWITU Reunion in Los Angeles California, KWITU the biggest women group in USA fully embraced Mahiga homes idea of affordable housing.

The developer is currently selling spacious 3 bedroom bungalows at Rockvilla III Estate in Joska for an offer price of kes 3.95m and they have a flexible payment plan whereby you deposit Ksh 1.6m and pay the balance in 12 montly instalments.

The developer recently did groundbreaking of three hundred and seventy million Kenya shillings ie Kshs 370m mega project at Ruiru The Riverfront comprising of luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows for a special offer price of Ksh 5.5m whereby you deposit Ksh 2m and then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.
For more info get in touch with them on +254720460413 or visit their website www.mahigahomes.co.ke.

 

 

 

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