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VIDEO: Miguna ejected from Kenya, heads to Dubai as Boinnet has last laugh

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Despite 8 court orders directing the Kenyan government to let fiery Kenyan-born lawyer cum politician Miguna Miguna into the country,  he was finally deported early Friday Kenyans time after three consecutive days of high octane drama pitting  him, the courts and government officials.  .

This is the second time in two months that the government has unceremoniously kicked out the self declared general of National Resistance Movement (NRM-K) who has admitted to commissioning a controversial oath taken by opposition leader, Raila Odinga, in January of this year.

The Daily Nation, a Kenyan newspaper, reported that one of his lawyers, Mr Nelson Havi, confirmed that Dr Miguna was ejected Wednesday evening via a Dubai-bound EK722 flight.

Earlier, High Court Judge George Odunga had ordered Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, Immigration chief Gordon Kihalang’wa and Police boss Joseph Boinnet to release the lawyer from detention at JKIA, which they failed to do.

“The three are hereby convicted accordingly and should appear before this court tomorrow at 10am,” Justice Odunga ruled.

Judge Odunga criticised the three officials for disobeying the court with impunity.

In their defense, two junior State lawyers claimed the trio were unreachable because they were attending a General Service Unit graduation.

Miguna arrived in Kenya on Monday afternoon but was not cleared by immigration officials after he reportedly refused to hand over his Canadian passport. He later said he would not apply for a visa  because the “court had ordered that I be let into the country on the strength of its orders. ”

On Tuesday, immigration officials took citizenship application forms to him but he declined to make an application, insisting that he was Kenyan.

On Monday night, Miguna caused a scene as people believed to be police officers tried to force him onto a Dubai-bound Emirates plane. The flight later left without him.

Tuesday night, he sent out a statement to the media saying that he was held in a toilet at the airport. Authorities did not let his lawyers see him.

After a marathon hearing of a petition filed by Miguna lawyers, the judge said that the war was no longer between the parties but had reached a level where judicial powers were on trial.

“There is no immunity for impunity; a time has come when the courts must lift the veil against those who act with impunity in disobeying it. No man is above the law. The Government officials cannot be allowed to catwalk around while disobeying court orders,” said Odunga.

All this was happening as an apparently unfazed President Uhuru Kenyatta, prepared to fly to Mozambique on a state visit.

 

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VIDEO: Top African (including Kenyan) comedians are coming to America

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Top seeded African comedians are coming to the United States. You can watch their rib-cracking comedy acts in a city near you beginning the last week of July. Scroll down to see where you can watch the African Stand-up comedy show by some of the best comedians in the business. Feature performance will be by The Queen of African comedy, Anne Kansiime from Uganda, Smart-Joker (Michael Omuka) and 2mbili/Tumbili (Dankan Onyango) – both from the popular Kenyan comedy show “Churchill Show”.

The events will be moderated by comedians Colita Inapo from Uganda and  Eric Omondi from Kenya. You really don’t want to miss this.

VIDEO: Kansiime ‘catches’ husband ‘red-handed’ with the salonist

1. COMING TO WASHINGTON D.C.
Date: Sunday July 29th 2018.
Location: At Lisner Auditorium, at George University.
800 21st street NW, Washington DC 20052.
Show time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Doors open at 3:30 pm.

University Ticket Office.
730 21st Street, NW, Washington DC 20052.
Phone: 202-994-6800
gwuticket@gwu.edu
Box Offices Hours
Monday-Thursday. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

2. IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
Date: Saturday August 4th 2018.
Location: Rialto Center for The Art, at Georgia State University
80 Forsyth NW, Atlanta, Georgia (GA) 30303.
Show time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Doors open at 12:00 noon.

Rialto Box Office.
Phone: 404-413-9849
info@rialtocenter.org
Hours: Monday-Friday.
10:00 am-4:30 pm.

 

3. WELCOME TO MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA.
Date: Saturday August 11th 2018. 
Location: Northrop Carlson Stage, at University of Minnesota,
84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN) 55455.
Show time 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

Ticket Box Office.
Phone: 612-624-2345

4. COMING TO BOSTON.
Date: Saturday August 18th 2018. 

Location: Berklee Performing Center,
136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, Massachusetts (MA) 02115

Show time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

Box Office Hours.
Phone: 617-747-2261.
Monday-Saturday
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Also opens 2 hours before the show time on show.

5. IN COLUMBUS, OHIO.
Date: Saturday  August 25th 2018. 
Location: Mershon Auditorium, at Ohio State University,
1871 N High Street, Columbus Ohio 43210

Show time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Doors open at 3:00 pm

Box Office
Phone: 614-292-3535.

 

6. WELCOME TO ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN. 
Date: Saturday September 1st 2018. 
Location: Power Center Performing Arts, at University of Michigan,
121 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Show time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 pm.

Michigan Union Tickets Office.
Phone: 734-763-8587.
911 N University Av
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308

7.             SECOND TOUR IN OCTOBER 2018
                    Dates and Venues to be announced soon         

                             Newark, New Jersey.
Philadelphia,
                             Indianapolis, Indiana.
Chicago, Illinois.
Denver, Colorado.
                             Phoenix, Arizona.
Dallas, Texas.
Houston, Texas.

9.                  THIRD TOUR IN MARCH 2019.
              Dates and Venues to be announced soon.

                               Las Vegas, Nevada.
Las Angeles, California.
San Francisco, California.
Portland, Oregon.
Seattle, Washington.
New York city, New York.

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VIDEO: Uhuru posts 13 new ambassadors to different countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.

He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya.

President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them farewell to their new stations.

“I expect a great deal from you to achieve our agenda. We expect much more than the routine diplomatic relations. I expect results that are better,” the President told the new ambassadors.

He added: ‘You are the voice of our country through engagements that promote good partnerships in trade, investment and the blue economy,”

The President told the new ambassador-designate to Belgium Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure Kenya retains the big market it enjoys within the European Union.

Watch Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma:

Turning to Cuba whose 100 specialist doctors have already arrived in the country, the President told ambassador-designate Anthony Muchiri to continue the ongoing partnership to enable training of more Kenyan doctors in the Island nation.

The President told the new envoys to Netherlands and France , Lawrence Lenayapa and Prof Judy Wakhungu respectively to seek greater partnerships with their respective countries of accreditation over the blue economy initiative and which Kenya will be host an international conference later in the year.

The President said France also remains Kenya’s great partner in the green Energy sector and told Prof. Wakhungu to pursue further partnerships with the same zeal she used to eradicate the menace on plastics when she served as Cabinet Secretary for Environment.

He told the new High Commissioner to New Delhi Willy Bett to use his huge knowledge and skills in Agriculture to open the Indian market for Kenya’s products, training for the youth and value addition for our agricultural commodities.

On her part, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma noted that the new ambassadors had been taken through vetting and training and she was confident they would deliver on the objectives and pursue national interests expected of them.

“We expect you to promote, project and protect Kenya’s national interest all the time. In your endeavor to build mutually beneficial ties and strategic partnerships, you are expected to preserve the dignity and honour of your homeland,” the CS told the diplomats.

The other High Commissioners were Kiema Kilonzo ( Uganda), Dr. Willy Machage (Nigeria) ,Mohammed Shidiye ( Botswana) and Dan Kazungu (Tanzania).

Former Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will represent Kenya at the UN-Geneva as a Permanent Representative, Dr.Hassan Wario at UN-Vienna as the ambassador designate and Richard Ekai as the new ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Phyllis Kandie proceeds to Paris as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

PCSU contributed to this story

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I’d never live in US again even if they gave me $1M a year – Koinange

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Kenyan media personality Jeff Koinange and his co-host Jalang’o on Hot 96 FM took time on Tuesday to discuss how Kenyans in the US live in their new home and how they act when they go back home to Kenya for holidays.

In a discussion that began with Jeff saying that he had met an old friend who has been living in New Jersey for 30 years, the conversation turned to why he would never return to America and slowly veering into the tribulations faced by Kenyans in the US.

“I will never go back to stay in America even if they gave me a million dollars a year,” Jeff proclaimed. “Nowhere be like Africa”

The duo also discussed what they thought were the reasons that Kenyans get “stuck” in the US. They at one point speculated that many in the US go back home only to find that their peers are doing pretty well and feel like they are no match.

Listen to the whole conversation here.

-jambonewspot

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