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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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UNSUNG DIASPORA HEROES: Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica

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BY MAHUGU NUTHU

“Fake news!” “Fake news!” Sadly, we are now used to waking up to anti-press rhetoric. It’s the new catchphrase. Trump’s old “you’re fired” shtick has lost its mojo. His unrelenting attacks on members of the Fourth Estate is something one would only expect from authoritarian leaders. For us Africans, harassment of media is something that sounds too familiar.

For years we have come to appreciate press freedom as the lifeblood of democracy and ironically looking up to USA as the beacon of these ideals. But that’s another story for another time.  That’s not the subject of this piece, but it makes a good backdrop. Everybody understands the power media outlets, but probably less appreciated is the power of the Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica and dozens other online based newspapers. Today, these are the unsung heroes in our community.  The proof is in the pudding.

In a recent case in my own backyard, a family lost a young son in a road accident out of state. By Gosh, no parent should have to bury a child. We know it is not the natural order of things. That’s pain. Excruciating pain and sorrow. But God giveth and God taketh away.

It’s even worse when this happens abroad. As if death is not enough a blow, its followed by unimaginable bureaucratic tangle of paperwork and logistical nightmare. Consequently, the family needed assistance to move their son hundreds of miles to their state for a memorial service and then send him thousands of miles to his final resting place in Kenya.

Mr Mahugu Nuthu. PHOTO/COURTESY

The committee had to reach out quickly to raise the funds though social media and traditional ways. Unsurprisingly Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica opened their pages. They responded quickly. Cases like this proves the importance of community press and the useful role these websites play in supporting the information needs of the Kenyan in USA.

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When it comes to tragedy, they do things that you won’t get from a monolithic newspaper in terms of turnaround time, reach and cost. Their results are very tangible and observable almost instantly, something you won’t get from the so called mainstream media.

These community websites do not usually charge for death notices and you reach a lot of Kenyans. Consider that one-day listing of four lines in a “national newspaper” will cost you several hundred dollars. And you might end up not reaching the people you are targeting.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not actually about money. It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to deal with the advertising department of a soulless intractable entity.  Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica operators understand our community because they’re a part of it. Nobody is immune to tragedies. For the record I don’t know these people personally. But their actions show that they do not merely serve as information providers. Sometimes “death announcement” means “financial help is needed ASAP”.

Only a Kenyan living in USA would understand that and urgency of the situation. New York Times might not. That’s how we handle things. We scream across the country albeit digitally. We are the ones who discovered the “digits” by sending smoke signals piece by piece across the ridges thousands of years before it became “on” and “off” that computers use today. It was stolen. But I digress. I will leave the “alternative facts” to the “post truth experts!”

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While we are on the “appreciation” subject, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the role of Kenyan Churches in USA. They have become the glue which holds our community together. In times of tragedy, hardship and sorrow, as in the above reference case, the local churches become sanctuaries of hope. Allow me to pull another Kansas City Metro backyard example.

Neema Community Church is rooted deeply in its community, and has its membership operating as de facto public servants. Located in Olathe, Kansas, it’s a huge beautiful sanctuary with classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, recreation areas, a large fellowship hall and huge kitchen attached to it. Well, and lots of parking to boot. Under Pastor, Rev. David Nzioka, it’s a community center dealing with needs that go beyond the mission of a traditional church.

A place of worship where local homeless escaping freezing nights often get free food. In a time of crisis thousands of miles from home you are bound to find fellow compatriots here looking for the elusive answers to their many “whys” and seeking comfort in each other. It’s the iconic sacred tree where Africans worship, meet and greet

.  After a year of polarizing elections that rekindled ethnic tensions, it’s very encouraging see Kenyans remaining united at that level. Tribal lines become effectively blurred.  It takes a dynamic, charismatic and inspirational leader to accomplish this. I hope you find your own fashion of “Dr. David Nzioka” in your neck of the woods.

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Back to my subject as I conclude. I understand there are many diaspora news websites whose primary mission is to cover the important issues that affect the Kenya community in USA. Many showcase community businesses for a fee. Yes, they are businesses themselves. They are not obligated to carry your message, however sad. They choose to do it.  While I did not mention them all by name, my biggest hope is that you will continue to support them.

These media outlets make our community better just because of their dedication to it.  Same case applies to our community churches and pastors. We should let them know that we do appreciate what they do. Although we are spread across this continent-size country, sea to shining sea, they make us a cohesive Kenyan community.

By Mahugu Nuthu | nuthology@gmail.com. Mahugu is the author of the book Nuthology.

 

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VIDEO: Kenyan Woman tried to rob a bank in Texas, use baby as a shield – Police

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A Kenyan woman tried to rob a bank in Murphy, Texas on Wednesday.

Police say Evelyn Misumi, 36, walked into a Bank of America branch armed with a hammer, gasoline and lighter fluid. She poured gasoline and lighter fluid on the bank’s lobby and demanded cash from the tellers while waving the hammer. Bank employees called 911, forcing Evelyn to run outside towards her car, says the police report.

When police arrived at the scene, they tried to use pepper spray to subdue her, but she pulled a 9-month-old baby from her car and “attempted to use the child as a shield,” police say.

Evelyn was taken to Collin County jail. The child was taken to Children’s Medical Center as a precaution.

Evelyn faces robbery and child endangerment charges.

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VIDEO: I’m surprised by how much money I have, says Obama

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Former U.S. president Barack Obama has urged governments, especially in Africa, to embrace inclusive capitalism, which ensures there is equitable distribution of wealth, resources and knowledge across social and economic divides.

While delivering a lecture in Johannesburg in South Africa on Tuesday, July 17, Mr Obama urged leaders to shun illegal or unjust acquisition of wealth, saying “there’s always enough money and food for everybody”, hence there is no need to raid the public coffers to amass wealth.

Mr Obama spoke for 1 hour and 24 minutes at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture – an event that honors the life of South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Mr Obama said since he left office in January, 2017, he is surprised by the money he is making. The Head of State was insinuating he did not have to raid public coffers during his time in office to be wealthy.

“Right now I am actually surprised by how much money I got. Let me tell you something; I don’t have half of how much these folks have; or a tenth of 100…,” said Mr Obama to a cheering crowd.

“There is always so much that you can eat. There’s only a so bigger house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean it is enough! You don’t have to take a vow at poverty just to say let me help out a few of the other folks; let me look at that child out there who does not have food to eat; who needs some school fees. Let me help them out by paying a lot more in taxes; it is okay. I can afford it!” said the former President.

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Taking a swipe at corrupt and selfish leaders, Mr Obama said: “It shows the ambition of just wanting to take more and more and more, instead of saying: ‘Wow, I got so much. Who can I help?’ How can I give more and more and more? That’s ambition; that is impact; that is influence. What an amazing gift to be able to help people, not just yourself.”

Mr Obama urged world leaders to adopt a social inclusivity system, which would help in narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor.

“We have a responsibility to ensure social justice is observed. We have to figure out how to close the widening gap of wealth and opportunity – both within countries and between them. How we achieve this, is going to vary from country to country.

“We can learn from the last 70 years that it won’t involve unregulated, unbridled and unethical capitalism. It also won’t involve old-style command and control socialism from the top. That was tried; it did not work.

“For almost all countries, progress is going to depend on an inclusive market-based system; one that offers education for every child; one that secures the rights of every worker; that breaks up monopolies to encourage competition and uplift the small and medium-sized businesses; one that has laws that root out corruption and ensures there is fair dealing in business; one that maintains some form of progressive taxation so that rich people are still rich, but they give a little bit back to make sure that everybody else has something – to pay for universal healthcare and retirement security; and invest in infrastructure and scientific research that builds platforms for innovations.”

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Mr Obama’s statement comes amid media reports that he is making thousands of dollars from speeches and lecturers that he gives in different parts of the world.

In April, 2017, UK’s Independent newspaper reported that the former President made at least $800,000 (Ksh80 million) from just two speeches since he left office in January, 2017.

“Mr Obama met up with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin at the A&E Networks advertising upfront at the Pierre Hotel and was rewarded $400,000 (Ksh40 million) for a 90-minute interview with her in front of advertisers for the cable network,” the Independent reported in April, 2017.

Other sources of income for Mr Obama, according to Time magazine, include pension, with the magazine reporting that: “All ex-presidents get pensions, to the tune of $205,700 (Ksh21 million) annually, and the amount increases regularly to keep up with inflation”. This is topped with other perks, US media say.

Book deal (Mr Obama memoir) could be another source of the ex-President’s income. Time says: “Obama’s book contract would be worth somewhere between $12million (Ksh1.2 billion) and $30 million (Ksh3 billion).”

In 2009 alone, Obama reported $5.1 million (Ksh510 million) in income just from the sales of his two books.

-NET WORTH-

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American media estimate Mr Obama’s net worth at $40 million (Ksh4 billion).

Barack Obama earned $400,000 (Ksh40 million) a year throughout his entire eight-year term as President of the United States.

On April 15, 2016, Mr. Obama released his 2015 tax returns, which showed that he and his wife filed jointly and reported an adjusted gross income of $436,065 (Ksh44 million). They paid $81,472 (Ksh8.1 million) in taxes according to their 18.7 percent tax rate. They also donated a total of $64,066 (Ksh6.4 million) to more than 30 charities.

-Edaily

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