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VIDEO: Miguna Miguna dismisses critics calling him a beggar, launches new YouTube channel

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenyan lawyer and politician Miguna Miguna Wednesday responded to critics whom he said were casting aspersions and attacking him for raising funds meant for #NRMKe operations, his airfare, repairs and legal fees. Standard Digital, Nairobi News (an online publication owned by Nation Media Group) and The Star Newspaper insinuated that Dr Miguna was broke and was begging for airfare back home.

This was after Miguna, who was forcefully removed out of Kenya and exiled in Canada, posted the following message on Twitter on Tuesday March 6th:

Although many of his supporters welcomed the tweet, his detractors were not amused and responded by throwing barbs at him. He responded promptly.

Below is his full statement:

 

I don’t have to validate myself to anyone

BY MIGUNA MIGUNA

I have read an article in The Standard DigitalDAILY NATION‘s “Nairobi News” an online publication and The Star, Kenya, casting aspersions and attacking me for raising funds for #NRMKe operations, my air fare, repairs to my destroyed house and my legal fees.

The following is my response.

I don’t have to validate myself to anyone.

Wasn’t Jesus Christ the Son of God crucified for trying to save others?

If no one is attacking you, it means you are doing nothing substantive or effective!

Kenyans seek contributions daily for legal fees, medical bills, tuition – even to help them marry.

Fundraising for political activities are routine – even in the West!

Barack Obama wouldn’t have become the president of the USA had he not received financial support from tens of millions of ordinary Americans!

Artificial billionaires who have looted public funds in the despotic Jubilee routinely raise funds from ordinary Kenyans in order to campaign.

Wealthy individuals in NASA and other political formations have also routinely raised funds to campaign and execute numerous activities.

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Anyone demanding or expecting me to fund #NRMKe activities, pay my huge legal fees and repair my house that the despotic duo have desecrated from my “wealth” is drunk morally contaminated. S/he is used to con-men and con-women who have looted public funds.

A man of integrity like me who has not stolen a dime cannot afford it. That’s why I threaten the despots. That’s why they cower in fear in my presence until they are forced to expel me from my own country of birth.

I will not change!

I will not become a thief in order to satisfy the debauched expectations of a compromised media and a few delusional despotic surrogates.

I have never stolen or misappropriated a dime from the public or private sector.

I am not wealthy and I do not consider one’s individual wealth as a qualification for public office.

At 5:30 a.m. on February 2, 2018 when state sponsored gangsters blew open my front door using military detonators (charges) and extensively destroyed my house, I had a right to peaceful enjoyment of my home, safety and physical and psychological integrity, which were flagrantly violated.

My house remains destroyed. It has not been repaired.

I was subsequently violently abducted and detained incommunicado while being subjected to physical and emotional torture.

More than seven court orders directing my release were ignored.

I was not given access to physicians, lawyers and my family during those harrowing five days.

On the sixth day, I was forcefully removed from Kenya and sent into exile.

I was forcefully removed from Kenya against my will while wearing slippers and the clothes I had been abducted in.

I was abducted, detained, tortured and forcefully exiled for strongly opposing despotism, the perpetration of the culture of impunity, the abrogation of the constitution and the rule of law and routine violations of human rights by the illegitimate regime of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Samoei Ruto.

I have been fighting for freedom since 1986. At 3:30 a.m. on November 14, 1987, the same state sponsored goons had abducted, detained me incommunicado and tortured me for weeks before expelling me from the University of Nairobi where I was a student leader.

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I subsequently spent more than ten years in political exile fighting for freedom.

Anyone who questions me or my intentions after my 30 years of sacrifice should never, ever contact me again.

I take it very personally!

No one is going to convince me that I should sacrifice myself for millions of Kenyans if I cannot seek assistance from the same people I have sacrificed myself for – and for whom I am still sacrificing for.

That’s completely unacceptable!

I am a human being like everyone else.

I breathe, eat, need shelter, clothing, etc – and for my family – like everyone else!

I will not ask anyone for permission to live and to take care of myself!!

That will never happen!

The same people attacking me cannot sacrifice one hour fighting for my freedom.

Virtually all of them couldn’t even show up at Uhuru Park on January 30, 2018 when I swore-in The People’s President, leave alone being prepared to be charged with treason, being abducted and detained incommunicado, being tortured, and facing risks of being murdered, or even being prepared to be separated from their loved ones for a day!

Without my lawyers’ fees and disbursements paid, I would not be able to return to Kenya.

Without my house repaired and secured, I will not be able to live, leave alone fight for my rights and the rights of 45 million Kenyans.

I wouldn’t be able to continue the struggle. Yet these are my rights; rights that are entrenched in the Constitution.

My right to Kenyan citizenship is a birthright that should never be interferred with and cannot be suspended or cancelled.

My right to a valid Kenyan passport is vested in the Constition.

My right to free thought, conscience, speech, association and movement are entrenched, vested and protected in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010!

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The foregoing are not privileges granted by the state or regime of the day regardless as to whether the regime is legitimate or illegitimate.

So, if someone takes offence that I am trying to have my house repaired, my legal fees paid and my rights protected at the same time as I raise funds and mobilize support to strengthen the NRMKe, does that person believe in my right to live and everything that pertains to it or s/he believes I am his or her slave – only to serve his or her interests but not mine?

I reject that thinking completely and unreservedly – and I frankly don’t care who supports it.

Before criticizing or attacking someone, each one of us must think deeply about what sacrifices each one of us has made in our individual lives to protect the rights and freedoms of others, then compare and contrast with what the person you are attacking or criticizing has done for you or is presently doing.

After all, what are we really fighting for?

It must start with each one of our individual rights, interests and needs then it extends outwards.

I know there are lots of people who are celebrating that I am “out of the way.” They feel threatened by their inaction, cowardice and/or hypocrisy.

They are incapacitated by their unfounded and baseless fears, envy and stupidity.

I’m not going to worry about such people.

I’m focused and marching ahead!!!

Thank you.

– #NRMKe General Miguna Miguna

 

Miguna is set to tour Dallas, Texas this weekend and Atlanta, Georgia the next one.

This Coming Saturday March 10th all roads headed Dallas Texas. The General NRMke will be the Guest. Karibu Texas the Cowboynation folks. .Come one come all let’s engage the General. .

 

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Kenyan Cultural Ambassador Emmy Kosgei lands in Atlanta for Majuu 2019 Festival

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Social media was abuzz Thursday after word went out that Kenyan celebrated gospel artiste Emmy Kosgei had landed at Atlanta’s  Hartsfied Jackson International Airport for the Atlanta Majuu Cultural festival 2019.

The musician is expected to make several performances at the Cobb Civic Centre in Marietta, Georgia, where this year’s extravaganza will be held.

On arrival, she posted the following message on Instagram:

Yaaay #atlantamajuuculturalExpo 2019 #ATLANTA#GA see you this friday 26th thru sunday the 28th! Celebrating our heritage and diversity#bringingculturealive #fashion #food #music#cobbciviccentre

The event, which  is organised by the Kenyan American Community Church, has been billed as an exceptional expo featuring a myriad Kenyan-African inter-cultures, and will also be graced by Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, Robinson Njeru Githae, among other dignitaries.

It coincides with 20 years anniversary of the Church.

KACC has, through such events in the past, added to the cultural tapestry that shapes the American Society which is increasingly becoming multicultural.

This year’s fete, the biggest since inception, is expected to pull thousands of guests, including other musicians from around the US.

Emmy Kosgei-Madubuko is best known for her 2009 hit song, Taunet Nelel, among many others.

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“We are so excited to have her with us,” said Timothy Ndegwa, the KACC administrative secretary and proprietor of Mykenyanlink, an online platform which seeks to connect Kenyan entrepreneurs around the world. “This will be a weekend to remember as we shall also be having Gospel music stars like Wamuyu and Naomi Karanja,” he added.

“KACC has been promoting and supporting other Kenya Diaspora communities in celebrating their cultural heritage with great pride and enthusiasm,” wrote the head of the Church, Rev Dr GG Gitahi, on the Festival’s website.

For the last twelve years, the church has, through various cultural events, with great passion nurtured and celebrated cultural diversity that is exhibited in the rich Kenya-African culture.

However, Majuu festival was launched in 2015.

 There will also be – among other activities – traditional dances, children and youth cultural fashion shows, booths and huts showcasing Kenyan diverse ethnic groups’ cultures and traditions.

A poster announcing the 2019 Atlanta Majuu Cultural Festival. FILE PHOTO

“The festival seeks to inform, educate, inspire and entertain those in attendance even as it mesmerizes those who will be experiencing the Kenyan African Culture for the first time,” said Dr Gitahi.”

The event runs through Sunday night after which some of those in attendance will go on a 7 day cruise which will take them to The Bahamas and back.

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We have many visitors from Kenya and around the world, said Catherine Njogu one of the event coordinators.

Other events include; Running with the champions, and a golf tournament.

Here is part of the program:

Run With A Kenyan Champion
Venue: Barrett Summitt
Address: 1990 Vaughn Rd NW,
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
***Volunteers report at 5AM
***Runners report at 6AM
1K Starts at 7:00AM Promptly
5K Starts at 7:30AM Promptly

Golf Tournament
Venue: Creekside Golf & Country Club
Address: 591 Westchester Club Dr
Hiram, GA. 30141
Date: Saturday, April 27th, 2019
Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Atlanta Majuu
Venue: Cobb County Civic Center
Address: 548 South Marietta Pkwy SE,
Marietta, GA 30060
Date: Friday 26th, Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th

For a full schedule of this weekend’s events, check the church’s website.

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KWITU Founder Lilly Richards Launches New Shoe Line in the US

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Kenyan Women in the United States (KWITU) Organization founder and president Lilly Richards has launched a new shoe line dubbed “Lavish by Lilly.”

The shoes, intended for the high-end market, are handmade by a master Italian craftsman from pristine Italian leather and are available on order.

Ms. Richards has taken to social media to express her joy even as she thanked her customers who have made orders for the shoes.

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“Yesterday I woke up to hundreds of tags on the Internet. I did not see it coming but the love and support was unbelievable,” she says.

“How did I get to be so lucky as to have your love and support. You have encouraged me and reassured me of God’s love and promises to us. I am beyond grateful. I am overwhelmed with joy.

My heart is full and at this point I can say I am truly happy and always blessed. Thank you for standing with me as I take a chance. Thanks to all that have put in orders. Nashukuru.”

Lilly is an advocate for women and children and currently partners with results.org to help influence political decisions and bring to end preventable maternal and child deaths.

She founded KWITU, one of the largest and most active Kenyan women network in the diaspora.

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SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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Kenyans in the diaspora agonise as the deadline for e-passport nears

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Kenyans living in the diaspora are concerned that they might not get the new e- passports on time despite a deadline extension announced recently by the government and a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the documents be issued in their countries of residence.

Citizens living overseas who spoke to the Nation pleaded for the government to intervene and put things in order at its embassies abroad.

On Friday, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau told the Nation his ministry was working with the Immigration Department to ensure centres for passport applications abroad started working.

“We have identified missions where the programme will start. It is a process that has already been initiated,” he said.

Embassies will first have to deploy more personnel, but Kenyans abroad were being encouraged to register on the diaspora portal.

This, the ministry says, will help establish the areas to prioritise for the centres. Initially, the Interior ministry, which houses the Immigration Department, said it would start with a centre in North America, another in the Middle East and South Africa before expanding gradually.

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But a Kenyan residing in Germany expressed displeasure at the kind of services offered at the embassy in Berlin.

“When we call at the Berlin Embassy it is hell on earth! They pick no calls and when they pick, they are so arrogant. How will we be able to travel? Even after protesting at the Berlin Embassy there is no change,” she said, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.

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But Ms Selline Branis Onalo, who represented Kenyans in Mexico and other central American countries described the tribulations they go through. As Kenya doesn’t have a resident embassy in Mexico City, it runs relations through the mission in Washington.

“It is like the Embassy has forgotten its role in Mexico. Some of us tried to write to the authorities including emails to the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC, which covers Mexico. We haven’t heard anything from them,” she told the Nation.

In the entire Americas, Kenya has embassies in the US, Cuba, Brazil and Canada, collectively serving more than a dozen countries.

Officially, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad. But specific services like passport issuance are provided by the same departments as at home. That means the Immigration Department will have to send attaches to all embassies to ensure the service is provided there.

In September last year, Kenyans held peaceful demonstrations in Berlin to protest against poor services at the embassy.

They also complained about how they were forced to travel back home to renew their passports. Later in December, Deputy President William Ruto announced that the deadline for obtaining new generation passports was extended from August 2019, to an unspecified date in 2020.

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source:Daily Nation

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