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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.

POLITICAL OFFICE

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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VIDEO: Exclusive interview with Miguna Miguna on JKL

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Controversial politician Miguna Miguna’s Wednesday night interview on Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange Live show was a tough one to put it mildly; and arguably a nightmare for a fainthearted journalist.

While some viewers enjoyed the show and were electrified by Miguna’s apparent bravado in the interview, others were dissatisfied and have accused the self-declared NRM general of being dramatic and evasive in his responses.

Miguna, however, disagrees that he failed to answer any questions.

“A polite reminder to some confused Kenyans: Saying “no” to a question is also an answer. If you believe a question is malicious, just say so. You will not die,” tweeted Miguna after being interviewed from Toronto, Canada.

The 21-minute Skype interview kicked off on a high with the interviewee scolding the host and dictating the topic the interview should focus on.

“Miguna, your lawyer Cliff Ombeta received a letter on your nomination by Governor Mike Sonko as deputy governor. Have you received that letter?” Koinange fired the first question only for Miguna to rebuff it.

“Jeff I am not here to talk about Cliff Ombeta or Governor Sonko. I am here to talk about how my rights have been violated by the regime in Nairobi,” replied Miguna.

Miguna would still not clearly answer the second question on whether he would return to the country. He instead embarked on a chronological recount of what transpired before he was forcefully ejected from the country.

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When Koinange asked the third question – What are you doing to have yourself back to Kenya? – Miguna seized the moment to criticise the Kenyan media for what he termed as “glorification of tyranny” and blaming State agencies for his woes.

A back-and-forth would then ensue as Miguna insisted that he is a Kenyan citizen and had never lost his citizenship as claimed by the State.

When the lionhearted Koinange sought to stick out the grounds under which the State says Miguna lost his citizenship, the fiery lawyer dropped his gloves and took on the host bare knuckles.

“The problem with you is that you never went to law school, you’re not a judge or a lawyer,” Miguna fired. “Don’t interfere with me. Let me speak,” added Miguna as Koinange tried to interject.

Drama continued with Miguna embarking on a lengthy explanation of why the government does not want him in the country.

When Koinange sought to bring his mighty show to order, Miguna was not ready to be reduced to the ordinary calm interviewee.

“Jeff don’t argue with me let me answer. You are a journalist if you ask a question let me answer. You are suggesting that I help them win a case I already won in court. Is that rational?” Miguna posed when asked why he had declined to reapply for Kenyan citizenship as directed by the government.

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Asked who are members of his self-styled National Resistance Movement (NRM), Miguna’s response was a bitter pill to swallow.

“Why do you want to know and you are not an NRM member. You have not asked who Jubilee members are,” said Miguna.

Koinange moved on to the next question: “If you were to come back, could you think about working with Sonko?”

“Jeff I will make announcements as to who I work with or who I don’t when I am back or when I would like to do that. Today that was not the purpose of this interview,” replied Miguna.

“But everyone wants to know,” pleaded Koinange.

Miguna responded: “ Everyone includes me. I don’t want to know what you are asking because it is not a question that Sonko or other people have asked me.”

Seemingly fed up with Miguna, Koinange asked the former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant why he was not willing to talk about the Capital’s affairs. Miguna replied: “Jeff I will talk about Nairobi when I deem it fit. Not on compulsion from you.”

At the tail end of the interview, a light moment ensued as the take-no-prisoners Miguna finally cracked a smile saying: “Jeff I am a tough cookie, you can’t push me around.”

The interview came to an end on a near similar note as it began.

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“Miguna you being outside the country means nothing because you are in the outside looking in. Don’t you think you should be in the inside,” asked Koinange.

“Jeff the problem with you is that you don’t know history,” Miguna fired as he explained how Fidel Castro and other political icons were and later returned to victory.

In the words of Jeff Koinange, “Wow, what a show, what a guest!”

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Kenyan man, Bob Maina Kirigwi, passes away in Atlanta

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The late Bob Maina Kirigwi. PHOTO/COURTESY

Death has occurred of Bob Maina Kirigwi of Marietta, Georgia. He was husband to Catherine Maina, father to Rufus Maina, Mathew Maina and Virginia all of Nairobi Kenya. Brother to Eunice Ngige (Mama Stella of Kennesaw District), nephew to Mercy Mbatia of Marietta and Crescent Mbatia formerly of Kennesaw, Georgia.

Upon learning of his death, friends and co-workers sent messages of condolence to the family. Ben DB Aguilera, a former colleague of the deceased wrote the following:

“My co worker, great friend, and father figure Bob Kirigwi passed away last night after a hard fought battle…I will NEVER forgot all of the wisdom he bestowed upon me, all the life lessons and of course the crazy out of this world stories he had from back in his native land of Kenya…if there is one thing I know everybody that knew him will remember him by, is the incredible amount of hard work and sacrifices he made to allow his family to live a happy life full of everything they needed and wanted. You will NEVER be forgotten Rafiki, R.I.P. ”

Following Kirigwi’s demise, prayer meetings are being held daily at Mr. Samuel Kagua’s residence from 7pm.
Address:
3520 English Oaks Dr.
Kennesaw GA 30144

Contacts:
Eunice Ngige 6786973544
Mathew Maina
4047070843
Samuel Kagua
6785585675
Kanyari
4043536317
Ruth Ngotho
4045328657
Christine Muchene
6788878256
Let us support this family with prayers and financially to enable them send Bob’s remains to his resting place in Kenya.

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The Lord gave and the Lord has taken. May His Name be praised.

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Police investigate Margaret Nganga’s death as family reels in shock

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Police in Canton, Georgia, say an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death of a 44-year-old Kenyan-born nurse whose body was found  in her car Tuesday night at the parking garage of Northside Hospital-Cherokee, about 40 miles North of the city of Atlanta.

The body of Margaret Nganga, 44, who worked at the hospital, was discovered by a security guard.

Northside Hospital spokesperson Katherine Watson said that the institution’s administration and coworkers were shocked by the incident.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” she added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the nurse’s family, friends and co-workers.”

On Thursday, Canton Police Department spokesman Pacer Cordry said There was no evidence of foul play or nothing evident to indicate a medical issue.

“At this point it doesn’t look suspicious,” he said. “However, a postmortem will be conducted to determine a cause of death,” he added.

According to the hospital spokesperson, Margaret  was expected at work on Monday but did not report as scheduled.

A hospital security guard later discovered her body in her car, Cordry said.

“The security guard was looking for her but she didn’t show up for work.”” Cordry said. ”

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Ms Ng’anga’s death has shocked the Kenyan community in metropolitan Atlanta, many of whom knew her.

An aerial view of Northside Hospital-Cherokee. PHOTO/COURTESY

Below is a message from Margaret’s first born daughter, Mercy Nganga:

 

BY MERCY NGANGA

On Monday May 21st 2018, my loving mom went to work and did not make it back home.  My mom was a healthy nurse and always jovial as any 43 year lady would be. There were no signs of illness neither did she complain of any ailments.

Her sudden death has left our family saddened and baffled as to the cause. We are left to plan for an event every human being avoids thinking of- laying one’s loved one to rest.
As we await police investigations, my 3 siblings, dad and I are seeking any help you can accord to deal with this tragedy.

Click here to support the funeral arrangements:

GOFUNDME – Margaret Nganga Memorial Fund

 

Northside Hospital-Cherokee

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It is with deep sorrow that we inform you that Margaret Nganga wife to Daniel Kimani (General) of Acworth, Georgia passed on Tuesday, May 22nd 2018.

She leaves behind four young children; Mercy, Evah, Ben and Mumbi.

Prayers

Family, Friends and well-wishers are meeting daily for prayers from 7pm at

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KACC: 771 Elberta Dr. Marietta, GA. 30066

 

Memorial & Celebration of Life

Sunday, May 27th 2018 at 1PM at

KACC: 771 Elberta Dr. Marietta, GA. 30066

 

Financial Support:

Bank: Bank of America

Account name: Kenneth Nganga & Mary Njambi Kinyanjui

Account# 3340 5449 7557  /  City: Acworth / Zip Code: 30101

 

CashApp: 678-933-9427

 

 

Contact:

Virginia Miringu 770 815 5525

Jeremiah Thuku 404 642 7729

Kate Njeri 770 826 2738

Titus Ngugi 404 579 0802

SK Kimani 404 482 8923

 

Other arrangements will be communicated as they become available.

Please uplift the family with prayers.

May her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace

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