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NEW VIDEO: Miguna refuses to board plane back to Dubai, says he is ready to die

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Lawyer Miguna Miguna on Monday night declined to board a Dubai-bound plane where he was put by police “as an undocumented person”.

This was after the self-styled NRMKe General was whisked away by about 40 plain-clothed police officers and put on the waiting Emirates flight.

Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange, speaking aboard the Emirates plane, said they were already on the taxiway when the pilots stopped.

Police officers stood outside the plane’s door as a defiant Miguna, with his suits torn, stationed himself at the entrance.

The Dubai-bound flight was delayed for several hours, a situation Koinange said upset the over 400 passengers who had booked the flight.

“The doors have been closed and Miguna Miguna is not on board,” Koinange said.

Miguna declined to take a seat with concerns the pilot cannot fly the plane in the face of the hostilities.

The captain ordered the plane’s door shut after the NRMKe leader’s luggage was removed from the aircraft.

Earlier Senator James Orengo told journalists that intelligence officers, dressed as if they were employees of Emirates airlines, told them they had instructions to take Miguna to the aircraft.

“We refused, but towards the tail end the build-up of security officers was alarming,” Orengo said.

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The stand-off and susequent attemted removal of Miguna from the country followed his adamant refusal to apply for a Kenyan Visa soon after he landed at JKIA at around 2 pm.

Immigration officials insisted that he could only be allowed into the country on a Visa since he wasn’t a Kenyan.

Miguna’s denial of free entry in Kenya marks yet another open violation of court orders by the government.

The court on February 15 ruled that the outspoken lawyer should not be restricted back into the country following his abrupt deportation to Canada on February 6.

At some point, journalists were roughed up by a bevy of armed police officers moments before Miguna was whisked away.

Orengo said it was unfortunate that the episode played out in the full glare of international visitors at the JKIA.

“The fact that a thing like this can happen in the presence of arriving international visitors, some of them diplomats, puts us in the category of a banana republic.”

“President Uhuru Kenyatta and [DP William] Ruto should be ashamed of themselves to allow such a thing to be carried out in an international airport. But this will not be the end of the matter,” Orengo said.

NASA leader Raila Odinga who had arrived at the airport to try and secure Miguna’s release refused to comment on the matter and drove away.

Earlier, the opposition chief had a bitter exchange with police and immigration officials who refused to release Miguna into his custody.

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Strategist Jimi Wanjigi, lawyers John Khaminwa, Nelson Havi and Julie Soweto were also at the airport to try and secure his release.

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E-passport centres launched in six countries to serve diaspora

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The government has launched e-passport centres in six countries to serve Kenyans in the diaspora.

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma  said the service will initially be available in Kenyan embassies in Pretoria, London, Paris, Dubai, Washington and Beijing before being expanded to other countries.

“We mounted the e-passport infrastructure last week. Kenyans are encouraged to get in touch with the missions for modalities of this process,” she said on Friday.

The launch of the centres means that Kenyans living abroad will no longer have to travel back home to apply.

Presidential directive

Run by the Immigration department, portals will be available on each Kenyan mission’s website, directing applicants on the procedure to follow.

Kenyans in diaspora had complained of lack of service despite a directive by President Kenyatta that the passports be issued in their countries of residence.

The foreign ministry said the Immigration department had been setting up the tools required for deployment of personnel.

Initially, embassies had required Kenyans to register their presence on the portals to help provide the numbers and influence decision on setting up centres.

Immigration service

The Immigration department had said it would start with North America, the Middle East and South Africa before moving to other regions.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad but issuance of passports is a responsibility of the Immigration department. This means the department will have to send attaches to the embassies to provide the services.

While in Namibia in March, President Kenyatta directed that Kenyans living abroad be issued with the new generation passports in their countries of residence.

source:Daily Nation

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Kenyan MP wanted by US authorities for escaping jail term over tax evasion

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A Member of Parliament who is serving his first term is a wanted man in the US.

Nation has established that Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman Mohamed is on the radar of US authorities over a crime he was sentenced for in 2015.

US media reported that in 2015, the lawmaker was sentenced to 18 months in jail over tax evasion.

He had been charged with 32 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns totaling Ksh61 million.

According to reports, the Criminal Investigation Unit of the US Internal Revenue Service, conducted three undercover operations to catch the MP red-handed.

Planted spies posed as clients who wanted to consult Mohamed and have him prepare their Federal Income Tax Returns for 2007.

He prepared the documents but for each of the spies he was consulting for, he falsely reduced the tax due, resulting in fraudulent tax returns.

After he was arrested, Mohammed entered into a plea bargain with the prosecutors and implicated his accomplice, Yahya Sheikh, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Nation also established that due to fear being arrested, the MP turned down an opportunity to travel to the US with the National Assembly Energy Committee in April 2019.

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The daily’s efforts at reaching the legislator were futile as he was said to be in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland attending some national celebrations.

Fafi MP Abdikarim Osman Mohamed speaking during a forum in Garissa County on 09/02/19

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VIDEO: Amb Githae cautions Kenyans in US against DUI, domestic violence

The Kenyan ambassador to the United States, Robinson Njeru Githae, has cautioned Kenyans living in the United States against breaking the laws of the host country.

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Mr Githae singled out Driving Under the influence (DUI) which he said was common among some Kenyans in US cities.

“Refrain from drunk driving which is becoming prevalent in Kenyan communities in different cities ….Hapa mkono wa sheria ukikupata umekupata (the arm of the law here is very effective),” he said recently when he addressed attendees of this year’s Atlanta Majuu Cultural festival held in Atlanta, Georgia.

He also warned against domestic violence noting that such acts are taken very seriously by law enforcers in the US.

“Don’t touch your spouse. If you must do it, touch her or him with love,” said Githae.

“Whatever you do, don’t break the laws of your host country. Ni vizuri kuacha tabia zingine (let us discard some of these habits)” he added.

In recent years, cases of Kenyans who have been arrested for DUI which have sometimes led to the discovery of other previous crimes and misdemeanors have been on the rise, at a time when the the US Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency has stepped up its enforcement and eventual deportations.

For drivers 21 years or older in most US States, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher is illegal. For drivers under 21 years old, the legal limit is lower, with state limits ranging from 0.00 to 0.02.

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Lower BAC limits apply when operating boats, airplanes, or commercial vehicles. Among other names, the criminal offense of drunk driving may be called DUI, driving while intoxicated or impaired (DWI), operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OVI), or operating while impaired (OWI).

The penalties for drunk driving vary among states and jurisdictions. It is not uncommon for the penalties to be different from county to county within any given state depending on the practices of the individual jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions require jail time and larger fines, even on a first offense.

For instance, Ohio requires a mandatory 72-hour jail sentence for a first offense conviction; however, the jail time component is satisfied by attendance of the Ohio A.W.A.R.E. Program, which is a 72-hour alcohol-education program.

For the most part, DUI or DWI are synonymous terms that represent the criminal offense of operating (or in some jurisdictions merely being in physical control of) a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both.

There have also been instances where spouses have engaged in domestic violence with most of them ending up in jail or even facing deportation.

Githae commended the organisers of the festival, led by Rev Dr GG Gitahi of Kenyan American Community Church.

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Thousands of people, including renowned Kenyan gospel artistes, graced the annual event which – for the first time in the five years it has been running -was held at the Cobb County Civic Center in the heart of Marietta, Georgia.

The envoy, who has since been named as the new ambassador to Austria, promised to help make the event bigger and better.

“This is very impressive and we should not stop here. We are going to make sure that other communities in the US participate next year,” he said.

Enjoy the photos courtesy of David King’ang’i of DKK Photography:

 

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF DKK PHOTOGRAPHY

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