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VIDEO: Miguna Miguna speaks to VOA’s BMJ Muriithi, wants presidential election before August

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A Kenyan attorney deported to Canada this week on charges of treason is challenging his removal in court, seeking a return to the African nation while insisting that its rightful leader is opposition figure Raila Odinga and not President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Miguna Miguna, who holds dual citizenship in Kenya and Canada, was sent to Toronto on Tuesday after participating in a mock presidential swearing-in ceremony for Odinga in Nairobi on January 30. Miguna also is one of Odinga’s attorneys.

“Today, my lawyers filed a petition seeking to invalidate the whimsical, illegal decision” to deport, Miguna said in a phone interview Friday with VOA’s Swahili service. He spoke from his home in a Toronto suburb.

Miguna was arrested last Friday at his home in Runda. On Tuesday, Kenyan authorities forced Miguna onto a late-night KLM flight from Nairobi to Toronto via Amsterdam. His removal flouted a Kenyan high court’s order that Miguna be presented to a Nairobi judge on Wednesday, five days after his arrest.

Kenya’s interior ministry contended in a Twitter post that Miguna had renounced his citizenship years ago and had become a Canadian citizen, after being granted political asylum in Canada while attending the University of Toronto and law school.

The Kenyan-born Miguna disputed the idea that he had forsworn his homeland, asking for evidence of a “document of renunciation. It does not exist, because I would never have done that.”

FILE - Lawyers Miguna Miguna, right, and Tom "T.J." Kajwang attend a mock "swearing-in" ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 30, 2018.

FILE – Lawyers Miguna Miguna, right, and Tom “T.J.” Kajwang attend a mock “swearing-in” ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 30, 2018.

He added that his rights as a Kenyan citizen had been violated because “a court must be able to make the determination” both on the treason charge and on deportation. “I’ve not been convicted, so how do they put me in a plane?” Miguna said. ” … The fact is, the Kenyan authorities have acted rogue, have employed draconian measures against legitimate critics and opponents, and must be exposed.”

Election ruled invalid

Miguna and other Odinga supporters maintain that Kenyatta, who has governed the East African country of 47 million since 2013, used fraud to win a second term last August. The Supreme Court ruled that election invalid on procedural grounds; Odinga then boycotted an October rematch, saying Kenya’s electoral commission could not conduct a fair election. Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote then.

Miguna has identified himself as a general in the National Resistance Movement (NRM), which Kenyatta’s government in January declared was a criminal group.

The lawyer rejected the criminal label, telling VOA, “Our objectives are not violent. … Our objectives are not illegal.”

He suggested his NRM affiliation was a factor in his deportation. “When they arrested or abducted me from home,” he said of authorities, “… why didn’t they take me to court if they believe that I had committed a criminal offense? … I’m a general in NRM Kenya, the movement, and I have no apologies to make about that.”

Here is an interview with CBC News Network in Canada:

In the interview, Miguna called for new presidential elections “even before August. … Uhuru Kenyatta should not be the president of Kenya, and we should have a credible election held as soon as possible.”

Asked about Kenyan authorities’ move to temporarily halt transmissions from three Kenyan television stations that had covered Odinga’s mock inauguration, Miguna called it “a demonstration of desperation.”

“They are scared to death. They are desperate. They are fearful, and eventually they will have to be removed from power,” he said, adding that authorities didn’t want Kenyans to see “the multitude of people that attended our [Odinga] rally at Uhuru Park.”

Miguna also was asked about speculation that he might succeed Odinga in a presidential bid against Kenyatta.

“That’s not something I’ll comment on,” he responded. “It’s not up to me to decide who steps into whose shoes, who gets into what positions. That’s up to Kenyans to decide.”

SOURCE: Voice of America

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  1. General Jabba

    February 11, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Miguna is a brilliant Kenyan born in Kenya, raised in Kenya, schooled in Kenya and will remain to be a Kenyan. We shall fight for his rights the despots are peeing on.

  2. Realmadrid

    February 11, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Perfect post please continue on that note

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VIDEO: Emmy Kosgei in town as Atlanta Majuu Cultural Expo opens this Friday, runs through Sunday

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Kenyan Cultural Expo –April 27th – 29th, 2018

The annual Kenyan American Cultural Expo is here. Beginning this Friday, Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) will be hosting the “Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festivals” from April 27th–29th, 2018. The event will be held at the Cultural Center located in Marietta, Georgia and will be graced by popular gospel artiste, Emmy Kosgei among other guests.

It showcases cultural diversity, bringing together participants from different US cities as well as invited guests from outside the country who exhibit an extravaganza of different cultures and lifestyles.
During this festival, minority groups and local communities will tell their story through music, dance, story-telling, poetry and drama.
The festival also brings together inter-generational artistes who display among others, traditional dances, children and youth cultural fashion shows.
Booths and traditional huts will be on display showcasing Kenyan diverse ethnic groups’ cultures.

This year’s event coordinator, Ms Catherine Nogu, told this reporter that the event is expected to be bigger and better than last year’s.

“The event is aimed at promoting Kenya Cultural awareness and celebration among the Kenya-Diaspora community in USA thereby enhancing cultural diversity and consciousness,” she said.

“Those in attendance may also win a one week vacation for two in Jamaica too,” she added.

In a nutshell, this weekend’s Festival will be featuring the following key events;

 

  • African Cultural show – “The African Village”
  • Vendor booths
  • Traditional African Music & Dance
  • Art & Crafts Display & Show
  • Youth & Children Cultural Show
  • Children Entertainment
  • Taste of Kenyan Cuisine

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SA-based Kenyan journalist Christine Esipisu speaks to VOA on the unrest in the country

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BY BMJ MURIITHI
The situation in North West province of South Africa escalated Friday as violence mounted on the third day of riots that paralyzed the city of Mahikeng as the locals protested against corruption, lack of jobs, hospitals and better living conditions, among other things.
It got so volatile that it forced the country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to cancel his engagements at this year’s Commonwealth Summit in London, where he was also pitching to multinational investors with a message that “S Africa is open for business.” He had to hurriedly return home to try and contain the situation in the town that is about 300 km West  of Johannesburg.
For three days in a row, crowds had taken to the streets in and around the capital of the province  calling for the resignation of the territory’s premier Supra Mahumapeloa.
In recent weeks, unions and businessmen in the region have been calling for Mahumapelo to resign over allegations of corruption in the award of state tenders but he has denied any wrongdoing.
Speaking to Voice of America’s Harrison Kamau Friday, Ms Christine Esipisu, a South Africa-based journalist said the premier was being accused of corrupt tendencies.
She said that upon arrival from London, Mr Ramaphosa went straight into meetings with the local leaders in an attempt to quell the situation.
“Soon after arrival in the Northwest Province, to try and quell an outbreak of violent protests that forced him to cut short a visit to a Commonwealth summit,” She said. “
“He is holding meetings with officials to discuss the demonstrations against corruption, poor public services and the local government which is led by a member of his ruling African National Congress (ANC),” she added.
Listen to VOA’s Harrison Kamau as he  interviews South Africa-based Christine Esipisu on the radio show, “Indepth:

“We want the president to tell Supra he must go. That man is full of corruption,” 25-year-old Oratile Seadira, a construction worker who lives in a shack on the outskirts of Mahikeng, was quoted  as saying.

Ramaphosa, who replaced Jacob Zuma as president in February, has staked his reputation on rooting out the corruption and mismanagement associated with Zuma’s nine scandal-plagued years in power. His critics have however accused him of abetting the vice by “appointing people who have been accused of corruption into his cabinet.”

“We have nothing. No houses. No good schools. No hospital. People are saying they will burn the city if he doesn’t go.” The streets around him were quiet as Ramaphosa arrived.

 

Miriam Visage, 52, told the media that she and other South Africans in the region had been neglected.

“We have been neglected. We want Cyril Ramaphosa to come and see how we live, to scramble in the mud like us,” She said.

She added that she lives in a two room township house with her six children and seven grandchildren.

“The ANC is full of empty promises,” said Visage, accusing the police of firing live rounds during the protests. “We were very peaceful. Do they think we are wild animals to be shot?”

South Africa-based Kenyan-born journalist, Christine Esipisu. She spoke to VOA’s Harrison Kamau about the escalating situation in Nort West Province. PHOTO/COURTESY

 

 

 

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Drama as 80-year-old man demands divorce, share of millet and pans

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A jilted old man, 80, and wife, 79, are locked in an unusual divorce case and property wrangle that has bounced back and forth between village and sub-county authorities without resolution.
The Ugandan man, Paul Osinge, filed the case before the Akaramai village committee, seeking separation from his 79-year-old wife, who he claims has ejected him and has moved on with another fairly young man of 60 years.
The estranged couple accept they have lived peacefully for the last 18 years in Akaramai Village, Labori Sub-county, Serere District, but disagree whether it was as husband and wife.
The frail looking Osinge said his decision to seek separation from Norah Iningoi, 79, is a painful one.

“I felt a sense of both rejection and dejection as my wife has for the last two months moved on with another fairly young man,” he lamented.
But Ms Iningoi, a mother of six, with multiple grandchildren, dismisses Mr Osinge’s claims that they have been living as wife and husband.
Speaking from her home at Akaramai Village, Labori Sub-county, Ms Iningoi said: “I hosted him here since 2000 as a gesture of humility and hospitality, not as my husband. His claims of being my husband are lies. At my advanced age! Do I look like a young woman with feelings?”
But Mr Osinge, a father of five children and nine grandchildren, said he understands they have not married officially but seeks fairness in the split.

He said Ms Iningoi has stayed with him and wasted his productive years at her home.
“My going to the area village committee is to help us divide the five bags of dried potato chips, chicken we have raised together, a bag of sorghum, a bag of millet, saucepans, and one goat we equally worked for, and I will leave her home,” Mr Osinge said.
Official stuck with case

But the divorce case is stuck before the Labori Sub-county community development officer, Mr Mathias Elau, who said the case is unusual.
“I received the cries of that 80-year-old man, but I couldn’t handle the case. I referred him to his area village committee to handle,” he added.
Mr Osinge told Daily Monitor that until February, they had lived amicably as husband and wife, but his wife’s attitude suddenly changed.
“I got to learn later that in my absence there was a fairly young man in his 60s, who has been filling my space,” he said.
To his surprise, he said, he discovered it was the wife of one of his sons, who was a matchmaker for her mother-in-law.

Mr Osinge said his companion has thrown him out of their house and tossed his beddings to the kitchen to officially create room for her new love.
But Ms Iningoi said she made up her mind to kick out Mr Osinge because he was much of a liability, only eating food she toils for.
“I told him that now that you have aged, kindly look for the whereabouts of your clansmen, in case of any sickness, I may not be of help because I am also now frail,” she added.

She said this did not go well with Mr Osinge. “It’s here that he started to frame me as being in love with another man.”
Ms Iningoi said out of goodwill, she offered Mr Osinge a bag of dried potato chips, but he reportedly sold off the entire bag, and has now placed additional claims for her property before the village committee.
But Mr Samuel Okello, one of the grandsons of Mr Osinge, received the news of his grandfather’s ejection with joy.

“It is a wakeup call for him to go and resettle with his clansmen in Kyere Sub-county, Serere District, where he deserted 56 years ago.
Mr Peter Aisu, the area village chairman, together with his committee members, said their attempts to mediate a peaceful separation between the two have not yielded any fruit after Ms Iningoi refused to share any property.
“As the village committee, we looked into the contested property, and thought they would divide, but the old woman has not bought the idea,” he said, adding that they will refer the matter to the sub-county.

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