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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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PHOTOS: See Kenyan celebrities who had to look outside the borders to find love

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Some of our Kenyan celebrities haven’t married from the country, they found love beyond our borders and have even started families as well.

They have done prestigious weddings and have made beautiful families.

1. DJ Mohz

 

Top Kenyan celebrities who’ve found love beyond our borders

DJ Mohz walked down the aisle nearly eight years ago with his beautiful wife Deborah Kimathi.They got beautiful daughters and have been happily married for all those years.

2. Vanessa Kiuna

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Daughter to famous reverend Kathy Kiuna is among the Kenyans who didn’t marry a Kenyan. Her husband’s name is Robert and they have a child together. He is from South Africa

The parents had and still are really supportive to them.

3. Ninja

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Jeff Okello famous actor from the popular tv show Mother-in-law got a ‘mzungu’ wife and they are apparently even getting a second child together.

Her wife’s name is Katja Maria Huhta and has Finnish descent.

4. Octopizzo

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The Hip hop artist and youth activist from Kibera also got to marry a ‘mzungu’.He has two daughters and isn’t afraid of showing them off to the world.

5. Jeff Koinange

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The Citizen television anchor Jeff has been married to the second wife Shaila Koinange a Kenyan of Asian origin for so many years.

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He tries his best to keep his family from the public eye hence not much is known about the wife.

6. Eric Omondi

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Popular comedian Eric Omondi also got his hands on a mixed beauty known as Chantal Grazioli who is half Italian half Kenyan.

He fell in love with her and have been seen a lot together.

BY: PETER KARIUKI

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US-based Kenyan man holds 3 Pre-weddings in quick succession, fiancée says wedding must go on

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

A Kenyan woman in Seattle, Washington, who has been at the center of a heated online debate has come out to openly declare her total support for her fiancé, who is being accused of scamming Kenyans by holding three Pre-wedding fundraisers within a few months: two in Maryland and Massachusetts and an upcoming one in Washington State.

In an exclusive interview with Kenya Satellite News Network Thursday, Pastor Serah Ndirangu said she is ready to get married to the man and “those casting doubts on the event are mere detractors whose opinions don’t really matter.”

She said she is well aware of what happened between the previous fiancée  and the Reverend and added that the upcoming pre-wedding was her own idea.

“Why do people like poking their noses in other peoples’ affairs?” she wondered.

“We really don’t care what they are saying…this is our life and no one is being forced to contribute a penny,” she said.

Our  pre-wedding will take place on November 10th “come rain, come shine,” she added.

She was referring to those who have raised concern over the number of times the man in question has “fallen in love.”

The debate is about one Reverend Stanley Mwea who held two pre-wedding fundraisers in May this year, in Baltimore and Boston. The woman he intended to marry was Susan Kangethe, but as fate would have it, differences arose before they could tie the knot and the wedding was called off.

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Soon after that, Rev Mwea then fell in love with another woman, Ms Serah Ndirangu, and the two planned a third pre-wedding, slated for November 10th this year.

This did not go down very well with some Kenyans in the Diaspora, many of whom took to social media to make their position on the matter known. Some of them said they feel “used” after having made monetary contributions to the previous fundraisers.

This comes at a time when Kenyans in different cities in the US have been complaining of rising instances where, after pre-weddings are held, the “love birds” vanish or relocate to different states, never to be seen again.

Now Pastor Serah Ndirangu says the wedding will take place in Seattle, Washington in early December. “The church elders and my fellow gospel musicians have encouraged me to go on with the arrangements and there is no looking back. God will fight on our behalf,” she adds.

However, some people, mostly Kenyans, were skeptical:

Here are some of the comments:

Bryan Dubb wrote on Facebook: 

Waaaaar my Kenyanese people. Is this what we doing now? Same Reverend, two women, different cities, one in May and another in Nov same year for a pre-wedding? C’mon son 😏

***another pre wedding in Mass**

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Esther WaKang’ara:  I imagine there are people who contributed to all his mchangoz…the f**kery 🙄🙄. Throw it all away!!!

 

Brenda Momanyi They all know about each that have a mission to chop y’all hard earned money small small #issascam #dontdallforit

Lily Jay: Wajinga ndio waliwao.. let the man prosper! Kama kuna his kondoos willing to shell out their hard earned cash to this conman, so be it. Wabarikiwe..

Salome Mwangi: Ala! Mchungaji kondoo amechunga coast to coast…… this one takes the crown. Team serah Seattle is close to me issa wedding😂😂. Is this guy serious? I hope not.

Corazòn Wanjiku He is practicing his beliefs (legalized polygamy). I aint hating but who are these churches supporting this pastor? Don’t raise ALL your hands at ONCE!

Nikki Wangari I’m done with my kenyanese people🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️
I’m not boarding that country🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🏃🏽‍♀️

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Man who recorded Chinese man call president Uhuru a monkey tells New York Times how he faced racism daily

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Liu Jiaqi was deported from Kenya after he was caught on camera calling Kenyans monkeys including president Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Chinese man arrogantly stated that he doesn’t like Kenya because the people are black, poor and they smell. He however said that he still had to do business with Kenyans because he wanted their money.

Richard Ochieng, who recorded the Chinese man hurl racist slur, has come out to narrate his experience working for the racist man during an interview with New York Times.

Richard Ochieng

The 26 year old reveals that Liu Jiaqi racially abused him on a regular basis. He recalls an incident when he was on a business trip with Liu and they spotted troop of baboons by the roadside. Liu told Ochieng to say hi to his brothers (baboons) and instructed him to share some bananas with the primates.

Ochieng also reveals that when he took the job as a salesman at the Chinese motorbike company he was paid a fraction of what he was initially offered.

He also says that his salary was subject to deduction for a long list of infractions, including zero laughter policy at work.

Each minute of lateness — sometimes unavoidable given Nairobi’s notorious traffic — came with a steep fine. An employee who was 15 minutes late might be docked five or six hours’ pay,” said Ochieng.

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