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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.

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.

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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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VIDEO: Furious Bishop in US tells off Kenyans who go drinking alcohol at funerals

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A US-based Bishop is unhappy with some Kenyan immigrants whom he says are tarnishing the good name of the community. Bishop Dr GG Gitahi of  Kenyan American Community Church (KACC) in Marietta, Georgia, has chastized some of his compatriots for what he terms as “unacceptable habits.”

During his Sermon aptly titled “Let Us Choose,” last Sunday, Bishop Dr GG Gitahi “went after” those who carry alcohol to funerals homes and imbibe while the funeral service is going on and furiously said he wishes some of those people remained back in Kenya to “save us the embarrassment.”

“If you are one of those people, you are an embarrassment to the larger Kenyan community in the US,” he said.

Ni aibu kubwa mnatuletea hapa. Instead of people waiting to go and have their beer at home, wanaenda kwa funeral Homes na kutoa bia na kuanza kunywa. Halafu Director wa Funeral Home anasema Pastor, can’t your people have mannersTabia zingine tuache. Ndiyo sababu tunajiaibisha.”

You can watch the whole summon here courtesy of youtube/kacc:

 


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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as Kenyan journalist receives coveted award in Washington DC

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It was pomp and colour in Washington DC on Thursday as Kenya’s NTV journalist Rose Wangui, the winner of the prestigious 2019 Knight International Journalism Award, received the coveted trophy.

Wangui was awarded for her bold approach in covering sensitive topics and giving a voice to the voiceless, bringing their plight, hopes and dreams to the wider audience.

Speaking at the award event, she pledged that she will carry on with her outstanding work, giving a voice to the voiceless through her unique coverage of sensitive topics such as sexual bondage of young girls in Kenya.

“Each time I tell a story, I try to ensure that every word that I write bears the hopes and dreams of those people in the villages, towns and slums who may never have the opportunity that I have to reach a bigger audience, ”stated Wangui.

Rose Wangui at the awards gala
Rose Wangui at the awards gala

The scribe challenged journalist to have an impact in the society through unique coverage.

“Journalists should strive to tell stories that change people’s perception and make society better,” added Wangui.

Her outstanding works such as beads of bondage and schools of misery have had significant impact in the country and sparked a national conversation, prompting relevant authorities and well-wishers to address the situation.

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“I wanted to show viewers something they’ve never seen, something they’ve never had,” said Wangui. “I decided to focus more on human interest stories and to go to some of the most remote areas in Kenya.” Wanui revealed at a past interview.

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Suicide among Kenyan students in US reaches alarming levels

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They travel overseas to study but return not with degrees but in caskets.

Kenyan students going abroad for studies have been dying through suicide or under mysterious circumstances, which has left communities of Kenyans living in the US brainstorming on the need to hold the hands of learners who find themselves in the deep end outside their country.

Last week, the medical examiner’s office in Santa Clara, in the US state of California, confirmed that a top achiever in the 2013 national examinations lost her life through suicide.

POISONING

Norah Borus Chelagat, the fourth best student nationally in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination and the best girl in Nairobi, was found dead in her room at Stanford University on June 14.

She was at that time a master’s student at the university that she had joined in September 2014.

The Santa Clara medical examiner’s office told The Stanford Daily on Monday that the suicide was probably caused by poisoning.

The Stanford Daily said Norah’s was the fourth student death announced at the facility since February.

Then there is John Omari Hassan, a 26-year-old who in July drowned mysteriously in a pond in Baltimore, Maryland. That was four months after leaving Kenya for postgraduate studies in the US.

Baltimore County fire officials said people playing on a nearby basketball court heard someone yelling from the pond and ran over to help.

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SWIMMING

What shocked authorities was how the deceased ended up in the water as there were signs nearby warning against swimming in the pond. Hassan, who hailed from Nakuru, graduated from Kenyatta University in October 2016.

In August 2018, a Kenyan family had to seek help from well-wishers to bring back the remains of their kin who was found dead in her room in the US.

Patricia Miswa left Kenya in 2017 to pursue a master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.

Her mother tried calling her but there was no response. She later called the hostel management who together with the police discovered Miswa’s lifeless body inside her room.

Before leaving for studies in the US, Miswa founded AfroElle magazine, which focused on uncelebrated women achievers.

Recently, students with Kenyan roots in the US have also lost lives in unclear circumstances.

INVESTIGATIONS

One of them is Eric Kang’ethe, a Computer Engineering student at the University of Massachusetts who died in mysterious circumstances early this month.

Kang’ethe’s body was found by police in a vehicle outside McGuirk Alumni Stadium on the evening of October 30. His death was described as “non-criminal in nature” by Mary Carey, communications director for the office of Northwestern District Attorney, which implied that the young man might have taken his life.

Massachusetts State Police said investigations surrounding his death are ongoing. According to local media, Kang’ethe was born in Nairobi and migrated with his family to the US.

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There is also Gift Kamau, a 20-year-old student whose body was found floating in the Mississippi River on May 18.

Before the discovery, Kamau had been reported as missing by her parents. Police at the time believed she had committed suicide after a note was found.

The deaths involving young Kenyans in the US have perturbed Dr DK Gitau, a Kenyan-born resident of Atlanta, Georgia. For almost a year now, Dr Gitau has been chronicling deaths involving Kenyans.

RISING CASES

Under the theme ‘Diaspora Shattered Dreams’, Dr Gitau, a former architectural engineer-turned- community social philanthropist, not only announces the deaths but also helps in mobilising resources for funeral purposes using his vast networks in the US.

Dr Gitau called on the Kenyan community to find ways of preventing the rising cases of stress-related deaths among Kenyans living overseas.

“As a community that is increasing in numbers in America, we can’t normalise nor become numb to these escalating pre-mature deaths among our people. The starting point is, of course, to openly talk about factors that are causing stress among our people. Burying our heads in the sand and pretending that all is well won’t do it,” he told the Sunday Nation.

According to Dr Sam Oginde, a psychology professor at Neumann University in Chester, Pennsylvania, it will be easy to find a solution.
“Right now, three out of five reported deaths among Kenyans in the US are either out of domestic violence or are from stress-related suicides. The irony is, something can be done about this if only the community is ready and willing to open up and candidly discuss what is causing this,” he said.

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MENTAL WARFARE
“Our community is not unique. Other immigrant communities have gone through this and were able to deal with the issue because they were willing to seek solutions.”
In the psychologist’s opinion, young adults have become casualties of “mental warfare”.

“We are seeing a lot of this, especially among young college and career adults who have a family also living here in the US. Suicides and premature deaths are most rampant between the ages of 19 to 36,” he says.

In 2017, a documentary about Kenyans in the US shed light on some untold challenges Kenyans face as immigrants while living there.

Written and produced by Kaba Mbugua, the film showed many Kenyans, just like other immigrants, struggle to make ends meet. Challenges have at times led some, especially the youth, to fall into bad company, ending up in jail, in shelters for the homeless, being deported or even losing their lives.

By Chris Wamalwa, nation.co.ke.

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