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Kenyan-born Professor summoned by ICE, faces deportation from US




Augsburg University’s Dr. Mzenga Wanyama, a Kenyan-born graduate of the University of Minnesota who now teaches post-colonial theory and African American literature, has just been asked to attend a meeting Friday morning at the ICE office in St. Paul to discuss his immigration status and “plans for removal.”

Wanyama arrived in the United States in 1992, at a time when Kenya’s transformation from a one-party state into a multiparty system provoked ethnic violence. Thousands were murdered and many more displaced.

After his wife and two children joined him in America, Wanyama began to write articles for a leading Kenyan newspaper criticizing the government and praising primary opposition leader Raila Odinga, who lost a bid for the presidency last summer in an election that also erupted in violent clashes over accusations of election fraud.

Later Wanyama applied for asylum, claiming the Kenyan government had retaliated against his family members in Kenya, harassing his mother about his whereabouts and firing his brother from his job in a public development corporation. In 2009, an immigration judge ruled that although Wanyama had reason to have feared persecution, what he suffered really wasn’t as bad as what other refugees experienced. (Prior court rulings had found that isolated attacks on family members isn’t always enough to admit an asylum applicant, if he himself hasn’t been sufficiently tortured.)

His asylum application officially denied in 2012, Wanyama was marked for possible removal and ordered to check in with ICE every 1-3 months. He’s never missed a visit, and ICE has never tried to actually deport him. Under the Obama Administration, the agency’s orders were to focus on deporting felons. Wanyama has no criminal record.

But in January, Trump signed an executive order that allows ICE to deport anyone without legal residency status, regardless of criminal history. Wanyama’s friends and colleagues at Augsburg fear that he will be arrested when he checks in with ICE on Friday, so they and academics across Minnesota plan to demonstrate at the ICE office at 1 Federal Drive, #1640 in St. Paul at noon.

 “I think he was targeted because the climate is changing, and because they’re going after people who are rooted in the community,” says Professor Sarah Combellick-Bidney. “They’re sending signals that our communities are hostile to immigrants by taking people who are a part of our fabric.”

Nearly 46 million people tuned in to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in January, when he announced his vision for “merit-based” immigration reform, a system that would welcome only the most educated, wealthy, and English-fluent people from around the world

.Does that mean tenured English professors are in the clear? Evidently not.


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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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