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U.S. govt gives boats worth Sh 500 Million to Kenya Navy

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The final six of 10 Metal Shark boats, provided through 500 million Kenyan shillings of grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense have been delivered to the Kenya Navy in Mombasa port. The 10 Metal Shark boats represent the largest U.S. maritime security cooperation program in sub-Saharan Africa.

The handing over ceremony was held in Mombasa on Monday.

“The United States values the Kenyan commitment to building a more peaceful and secure Kenya and East Africa region,” said ambassador Robert Godec, who presided over the event.

According to the US envoy, the Metal Shark boats will reinforce the Kenya Navy’s Maritime Domain Awareness capability and support the Kenyan Blue Economy.

These boats have exceptional capacity to operate in the challenging equatorial maritime environment, while simultaneously being rugged enough to endure extended operations with minimal maintenance.

It is expected that they will bolster the Kenya Navy’s capability to deploy Kenyan Rangers and other quick reaction forces from the sea, and to patrol and defend the more than 500 km maritime border.

“They will help the Kenya Navy, and KDF at large, to continue forward in the fight against terrorism,” said Godec.

“Today we reaffirm that the United States is and will remain your steadfast partner in the fight against terrorism and extremism. We are pleased today to make this important contribution to Kenyan and regional security and look forward to the excellent work the Kenya Navy will do with these vessels. The Metal Sharks will bolster the Kenya Navy’s capacity to combat al-Shabaab, an effort that will bring about a more stable and peaceful East Africa,” he added.

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The U.S. Navy and the Kenya Navy have enjoyed an enduring partnership for over 40 years. Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Defense has provided the Kenya Navy over 1.7 billion Kenyan shillings of hardware assistance and equipment training; 300 million Kenyan shillings of professional development; and 100 million Kenyan shillings of maintenance upgrades for naval equipment.

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Kenyan woman in US who shot dead her ex-husband arrested

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Police in the United States are holding in custody a Kenyan woman for shooting dead her ex-husband last week.

Marie Kendale Kimani a resident of Rhome, Texas, who reportedly shot dead Jonathon Tumbo, was arrested in her apartment on Wednesday.

Officers who were responding to a call from Kimani about an argument between the two found the lifeless body of Tumbo at the home.

The man reportedly succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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When questioned by police, Ms Kimani said she was involved in a physical altercation with Mr Tumbo.

“Subsequent follow up investigation by investigators and related evidence was not consistent with Kimani’s account of a physical altercation,” the Sheriff’s office stated in a press release.

Ms Kimani, 35, is currently being held in a County jail as she tries to raise Sh100 million ($1million) bail.

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Illegal immigrants turn to GoFundMe in effort to stay in U.S.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Some enterprising citizens who are fed up with the slow pace of progress in building President Trump’s border wall have decided to take matters into their own hands.

US media reports that dozens of people have launched GoFundMe accounts to raise money that they say they will make sure is used to push the president’s plans for his “great, beautiful wall.”

On the other hand,  illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have also turned to “crowdfunding” to raise money, asking for donations to pay their fees as they rush to apply for renewed status under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that keeps them from being deported.

According to Washington Times, American good Samaritans have been donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than 600 pro-immigrant campaigns as they look for ways to become personally involved in the immigration debate.

“This is certainly a way they can do that, and it makes a big difference to these people,” said Peter Boogaard, communications director at FWD.us, a pro-immigration advocacy group founded by tech executives that is working with GoFundMe to highlight the DACA campaigns. “They’re not asking for huge amounts of money. They’re asking for a little bit of support to make their ability to renew their applications a little easier.”

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Kenyan woman dies on board plane to Dallas, Texas

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A Kenyan woman who was travelling to the United States from Nairobi to visit her family died aboard a plane on Tuesday less than an hour before it landed.

According to the family, Hannah Kamau, a resident of Githunguri in Kiambu County, fell ill suddenly and died while on the flight to Dallas, Texas.

The family said efforts by the cabin crew to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.

“They told us that she developed shortness of [breath] and started gasping for air. [After collapsing, the cabin crew performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) that revived her. But after about ten minutes or so, she collapsed again and this time around they couldn’t revive her,” said Mr Patrick Nganga, her nephew who lives in Dallas.

Her daughter, Ms Alice Kamau, told the Nation her mother had not complained of any signs of illness before she embarked on the journey in Nairobi.

“I spoke to my mom just before she boarded the flight in Nairobi and she was in a jovial mood because she was finally coming over to see us, especially her grandchildren. At the time, she didn’t complain of anything. Therefore, it was a total shock to me when I was told that she had died,” said Ms Kamau.

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Ms Kamau said she was informed of her mother’s death by airport personnel where she was waiting to pick her up.

The family is waiting for the autopsy report to know the cause of her death.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 23 at the Neema Gospel Church in Dallas, Texas.

 

By Chris Wamalwa, Daily Nation

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