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Majanja’s body received in Nairobi, to be buried Saturday in Kakamega

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

The body of Timothy Majanja, a 71-year-old homeless Kenyan who has been living in the United States and who, at one point, wanted to return home after 46 years in North America, arrived in Nairobi Thursday ready for burial in Lubao Village, Kakamega County on Saturday.

His body was received by Umash Funeral home in the Kenyan capital before it was transported by road to its final resting place in Kakamega.

Majanja died last month at at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta where he had been rushed in an ambulance while in critical condition.

Medical personnel at the hospital said he died from complications emanating to an earlier ailment which led to him having “extremely high blood pressure.”

Soon after receiving the news of his death, Majanja’s relatives in Lubao, Kakamega, expressed their wish that the body could be flown home for burial.

On Thursday, Protus told Ksnmedia that he was very happy that the body arrived home.

“Is this what we would have wished? Of course not…but I can tell you  that we are very delighted to see the body of  Mzee Majanja. This will bring some form of closure,” he said.

“We were devastated by the news and the elders here couldn’t fathom the idea of their son being buried or cremated  in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from his ancestral home,” said Protus Muhanji Shikoli, Majanja’s nephew.

“We have been through a lot as a family….we wished we could see him alive but obviously, it was not meant to be,” he added.

After Majanja’s death, well wishers, friends and family members got together and raised enough money to pay for the services at West Cobb Funeral home where the body was preserved and also to repatriate it to Kenya for burial.

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“Let us never grow weary of doing good,” said Pastor Salania Salania quoting part of a Biblical verse (Galatians 6:9 when Apostle Paul was writing to the Galatians). He was one of the organizers of a  fundraiser held at believers’ Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where close to $7,000 was raised. Most of those who contributed money had not even met Majanja in person. “We didn’t have to know him to help,” added Mr Salania.

According to Ms Catherine Ogembo, Majanja’s niece who lives in the New Hope City in Minnesota, and who is accompanying the boday, her uncle’s final journey will be on Saturday when he will be laid to rest on his piece of land in Kakamega.

Mr Majanja was in the news in 2014 when NTV aired a story about his plight in which he appealed for help to return to Kenya after living in North America for an uninterrupted period of 46 years.

He told the Nation that he had had enough of the US and wanted to go back to Kenya and rejoin his family. He however did not have any travel documents.

Following the story, many Kenyans expressed their willingness to help him return home.

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Majanja left Kenya for Canada in 1968, moved to the state of Georgia in the United States in 1993, and has been living in squalor since losing his job 25 years ago.

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“I have been leading a miserable life here and it is high time I left this country,” he told this reporter in an interview on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, Georgia.

After the story aired, Mr Alphonce Shikoli, his elder brother, told NTV’s Namukabo Werunga that the family was excited to know that their relative was alive.

“We eagerly await the return of our ‘prodigal son’. We are fattening a bull to slaughter upon his arrival,” said Shikoli at his rural home in Lupao Village, Kakamega County.

 

In December of the same year, Majanja was hospialised at Grady Hospital where he had been taken after falling ill.

And in an email to the Nation then, an official at the Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC, said the hospital had been in touch, seeking help in tracing Mr Majanja’s relatives.

“But I was not able to talk to him as I was informed that he is not coherent,” said Ms Evelyn Cheluget, the then immigration attaché at the Kenyan mission.

In the 2014 interview which went viral,  Majanja, however, said he was stuck because he lost all his documents and cannot travel and appealed to the Kenyan Government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to help him out.

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In 1973, he was recruited by the Canadian government into the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police, where he served before venturing into politics.

He run for political office as a city representative in Calgary, Alberta, before unsuccessfully contesting a vacant mayoral seat.

Mr Majanja, however, declined to disclose when or why he left the Canadian police service.

“That matter is confidential,” he said.

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After relocating to Atlanta, he worked for a transport company before losing his job.

“I lost my driver’s license and all the other documents which I had kept in a safe deposit at a local bank,” he said.

Mr Majanja said he has sought help several times from the US and Canadian governments without success.

“I have no single document and can’t travel anywhere,” he said, adding, “I appeal to the Kenyan embassy to give me some travel documents so I can visit my relatives back home.”




MARRIED TO CANADIAN

During the interview with the Nation, he showed photos of his sojourn in Canada in which he looked young and energetic.

“I married a Canadian lady and we had a son, but now I can’t even travel there to visit them,” he said.

“I thought I was strong enough, but now I need help,” added Majanja, who looked weak and a pale shadow of his former self.

Though hardly reported due to the stigma associated with homelessness, drug addiction or mental illness, cases of destitute Kenyans living in the United States have risen in recent years.

In 2012, the body of a homeless Kenyan was discovered in a lake near Boston, Massachusetts.

Early in 2014, police in Atlanta found a homeless and mentally unstable Kenyan man in a forest in Decatur, Georgia.

The authorities handed the man over to the pastor of a Kenyan community church who asked the congregation to raise money for his upkeep and eventual repatriation to Kenya.

In May of the same year, he was reunited with his family in Kenya.

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Trump now makes it harder for Immigrants to get Green Cards and deny citizenship to those who “can’t support themselves”

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The Trump administration has announced new policy that makes it tougher for legal immigrants in the United States to obtain permanent residency or citizenship.

In a policy titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” that appeared Monday on the Federal Register, the administration says immigrants who use public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, or public housing will be considered a “public charge”. Becoming a pubic charge or likely to become a pubic charge is grounds to be denied a green card.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” Acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli said at a White House briefing on Monday.

Analysts say the new move could dramatically reduce family-based legal immigration from Mexico, Central America and Africa, where intending green card holders are economically disadvantaged.

Under US law, only US citizens and legal permanent residents who have had their green cards for at least five years are eligible to apply for federal public benefits.

Source: –Mwakilishi.com

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MULTIPLE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS: Kenyan man who died of Cancer buried in US

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BY SAMRACK

The late John Thiongo Thuo, 54,  was laid to rest on Friday August 9 2019 at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell, MA
Thion’o passed on, on July 25, 2019, after a long, hard-fought battle with gallbladder cancer. He was the beloved husband of Lucy Thiongo and father of Marc Brian Thiongo and Ivy Margaret Thiongo, all of Dracut,Massachusetts.

John Thuo Thiongo was born December 23, 1964 in Kenya, he was the son of Simon Kabutu Thuo and Margaret Wanjiru Thuo, brother to James Kabutu, Julia Thuo, Lucy Muchina, Zacharia Thuku, and Joseph Kariuki, all of Kenya.
He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

Friends and Family were received at the Community Christian Fellowship Church, 105 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, on Friday 9 to 10 a.m, followed by his Funeral Service at 10 a.m.

Interment followed shortly at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell.

The solemn event was attended by many close friends and family and one of the late John Thuo Thiongo’s long time Nairobi University classmate and best friend Mr Nelson Waweru, who is now a Professor of Accounting to the School of Administrative Studies, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, at York University,Toronto,Canada.

You have really stood with us and made us stronger. May the good Lord extends your boundaries always in Jesus name. Amen.

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The funeral arrangements were entrusted to MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.

On behalf of the entire family, we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, prayers, time, presence, contribution, and tireless work during this grieving process. You have really stood with us and made us stronger.

On behalf of the entire family, We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, prayers, time, presence, contribution, and tireless work during this grieving process.

A special thank you to Rev Captain Josephat Njoroge Vicar St Stephen’s Church Lowell,Massachusetts. Ven Samuel Kimohu,Rev Alice Muchai,the entire St Stephen’s Church Board and Leadership, Masters of Ceremonies Mr Peter Thuo and J.K (Diplomat), Wa Saimo,CCF Lowell,IMANI Church, USHINDI PCEA,PCEA NEEMA,Well of Worship Dracut the entire Kenyan Community and organizations and individuals that offered their prayers, financial and moral support to Lucy Thiongo, Ivy Margaret, Marc Brian Thiongo, Baba and Mama Thiongo.

May the good Lord extends your boundaries always in Jesus name.,May the Lord refresh you just as you have refreshed others. Amen!

“HE LATE JOHN THUO THIONGO, GREW UP AS AN OBEDIENT CHILD WHO USEDD TO HELP HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS AT HOME AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

HE WAS BAPTIZED WHEN HE WAS A BABY AND CONFIRMED IN CHURCH WHEN HE WAS OF AGE.
EDUCATION
THE LATE JOHN STARTED SCHOOLING IN KIGANJO IN THE YEAR 1971, AND IN 1972 HE GOT ENROLLED IN TULAGA PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM STANDARD ONE TO SEVEN IN 1979.

HE WENT TO MAGUMU SECONDARY FOR HIS A LEVEL EDUCATION OF FORMS 1 TO 4.

HE ADVANCED FURTHER TO COMPLETE FORMS 5 AND 6 IN KIANYAGA HIGH THEN ADVANCED TO NAIROBI UNIVERSITY WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS BACHELORS AND LATER RETURNED FOR HIS MASTERS DEGREE.

HE THEN CAME TO AMERICA AND ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO COMPLETE HIS ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING TO BECOME AN RN FROM 2001-2003.

LASTLY, HE ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, LOWELL FOR HIS MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA), FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES FROM 2005-2007.
MARRIAGE
THE LATE JOHN MET AND LATER MARRIED LUCY KANYI IN 1990, IN CHURCH OF TORCH THOGOTO. THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TWO CHILDREN, MARCBRIAN THUO AND IVY MARGARET WANJIRU.
EMPLOYMENT
THE LATE JOHN WORKED IN DIFFERENT COMPANIES, LIKE PORTLAND CEMENT, COFFEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, HENKEL CHEMICALS LIMITED, AND ECOLAB MOMBASA, THEN HE RELOCATED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN 2001.

IN THE STATES, HE GOT ENROLLED IN A NURSING SCHOOL WHERE HE GOT HIS DEGREE IN NURSING.

HE DID HIS MBA AND UPON GRADUATING HE WENT FOR TRAINING IN NEWTON-WELLESLEY AS AN ADMINISTRATOR-IN-TRAINING FOR KINDRED HEALTHCARE. HE LATER TRANSFERERED TO MAINE TO START HIS NEW JOB AS AN ADMINISTRATOR. OTHER PLACES HE WORKED FOR KINDRED HEALTHCARE WERE AVERY MANOR, HE LATER LEFT KINDRED AND WENT TO WORK FOR GOLDEN LIVING CENTER IN ATTLEBORO UNTIL 2017, WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GALLBLADDER CANCER.
HOSPITALIZATION
THE LATE JOHN WAS HOSPITALIZED AND TREATED IN DIFFERENT HOSPITALS ; ANGELLES HOSPITAL IN MEXICO,LOWELL GENERAL HOSPITAL MAIN/SAINTS CAMPUS, LAHEY HOSPITAL, DANA FARBER CANCER CENTER, BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL, AND MERRIMARCK VALLEY HOSPITAL IN HAVERHILL WHERE HE PASSESD AWAY ON JULY 25, 2019 AT 2AM SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY.

PRIOR TO HIS DEATH, HE HAD ACCEPTED JESUS AS HIS PERSONAL SAVIOR. IT WAS GOD WHO GAVE JOHN THIONGO THUO UNTO US AND IT IS HE WHO HAS CALLED HIM BACK HOME. BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.”

After laying the flowers and photo session,the funeral procession proceeded on for Mercy
 Meal at
 St Stephen’s Church,Lowell,Massachusetts 279 West 6th Street,Lowell,Massachusetts

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STORY, PHOTOS AND VIDEO COURTESY OF SAMRAK.COM

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SPONSORED: ‘Mahiga Homes’ given great reception at KWITU Reunion as it winds up successful USA tour [PHOTOS]

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The leading affordable real estate developer in Kenya, Mahiga homes Ltd has successfully undertaken the tour of meet the people in the USA, the US tour culminated in showcasing their affordable houses at KWITU Reunion in Los Angeles California, KWITU the biggest women group in USA fully embraced Mahiga homes idea of affordable housing.

The developer is currently selling spacious 3 bedroom bungalows at Rockvilla III Estate in Joska for an offer price of kes 3.95m and they have a flexible payment plan whereby you deposit Ksh 1.6m and pay the balance in 12 montly instalments.

The developer recently did groundbreaking of three hundred and seventy million Kenya shillings ie Kshs 370m mega project at Ruiru The Riverfront comprising of luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows for a special offer price of Ksh 5.5m whereby you deposit Ksh 2m and then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.
For more info get in touch with them on +254720460413 or visit their website www.mahigahomes.co.ke.

 

 

 

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