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6 Kenyans die in metropolitan Atlanta in one month

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

An unprecedented death wave has hit the Kenyan community in Metropolitan Atlanta leaving the immigrant community in utter shock, disbelief and financially exhausted.

In a span of one month, six deaths have been reported. It all began with the demise of a young man named Brian Kabage under suspicious circumstances.

Then followed Mr Timothy Majanja Lukalia, the 71 year old man who passed away at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta after living in North America for an uninterrupted 50 years. Majanja was buried in Lubao Village, Kakamega County on Saturday.

The late Brian Kabage

Then came the death of Sarah Njeri, a young lady who left behind two beautiful girls.  Sarah was a daughter to Salome Kirega and had been hospitalized at Kennestone Hospital for several months.

The late Sarah Njeri.

Just as the community was trying to come to terms with the sad news of the death of Ms Njeri, another young woman, Loise Mumbi Mukundi , who had been ill, passed on. She had lived in Georgia for 5 years before relocating to Huntsville, Alabama but still called Georgia her home.

 

The late Loise Mumbi Mukundi.

And even before both Sarah and Mumbi were buried, the shocking news of the death of 44 year old Margaret Nga’ng’a, a Kenyan born nurse whose body was found in her parked car at Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton, Georgia broke.

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Margaret left behind four beautiful kids.

The late Margaret Ng’ang’a.

And as a memorial service in honor of Ms Nganga was being held at the Kenyan American Community Church, the family of Bob Maina Kirigwi, was struggling with a decision on whether to let the medical personnel at Kennestone Hospital unplug the life support machine and pronounce him dead. On Tuesday, May 28th, a message was posted on Kenyans in Georgia Facebook Group announcing the death of Mr Kirigwi.

After each death of a Kenyan in US (or at least most of them), just as is tradition, compatriots form a funeral committee to raise funds to pay for funeral expenses. The cost ranges anywhere from $9,000 to 13,000, depending on whether a body is buried in Kenya or in the US.

In some cases, if family members decide to accompany the body to Kenya, the cost can go up to $40,000 or even higher.

 

 

The late Bob Maina Kirigwi.

 

In the wake of the Atlanta death wave, Ms Priscilla Wandu, a medical professional based in Georgia, said it is high time the Kenyan Community seriously rethought of how to deal with death when it comes and be sensitized on some preventive measures which could save a life or two down the line.

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“Information is power and I think those of us who have it can help save a life in future if only we can get a platform to impart the knowledge,” she told this reporter recently by phone.

With these deaths, the cost of funerals has also come into sharp focus with many Kenyans saying – understandably so -that they are fatigued.

The late Timothy Majanja

“I know whenever I raise this issue, some people say I am an enemy of development, but I will say it again…we can’t sustain this harambee business for very long. This money comes from the same pockets,” said Miriam Wanjiru, a resident of Kennesaw, Georgia. “I know we all want to help but there are better proven ways of handling such matters and Kenyans in the US should move with the times,” she added.

Another Kenyan, John Karis, writes the following on Instagram: “What is wrong with emulating the Wazungus when it comes to the way we manage matters to do with death? I admire them.”

Let us seriously think of life insurance schemes that cater for these things. They are realities that we can’t just sweep under the carpet, he adds in a separate post.

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  1. njuguna muigai

    May 29, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    When friends offer their time and money, the bereaved family should be be appreciative. Why should the whole family decide to travel to Kenya yet they are overburdening the friends who are helping them? There might be some medical billS to clear too.

  2. kefa

    May 30, 2018 at 3:28 am

    I agree with you. People rush to insure their cars and property from damage or loss but forget to also insure themselves. Is that property worth more than your life?

    It is the high time kenyans living in the diaspora started taking life insurance. life insurance will help to pay medical bills in case of hospitalition, you will be copensated incase of permanent or temporary disability, your family will be compensated if the worst happen and they lose you.

    It is very sad seeing people conducting harambees just to send a body home or settle medical bills. Here is a very informative article I found.>>>

    4 Things That Happen When You Die. Number 4 Will Shock You! Link: https://goo.gl/YqMyWq

  3. njuguna muigai

    June 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Let us examine ourselves do we overburden ourselves for working too much some of us work average of eighty hours a week. Is that not working a lot

  4. Regina

    June 3, 2018 at 11:35 am

    I believe an agency like the Foskus Foundation was started due to unforetold occurrences like these. Foskus is providing a form of insurance alternative to Kenyans in situations like these.

    http://www.foskus.com

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City detectives turn probe on G4S to unravel bank’s Sh14m ATM robbery

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No bullet was fired, no machines were broken into but Sh14 million was gone. As the puzzle of the Barclays Bank ATM theft deepens investigators have narrowed the analysis on two probabilities.

The robbers who stole millions of shillings from four ATMs belonging to Barclays Bank during the Easter holiday were so clever that they chose off-site machines, which would have taken time for the bank to discover that money had been stolen.

This comes as an initial forensic analysis of the four affected ATMs on Tuesday raised the amount of money stolen to Sh14 million from the initial Sh11 million.

This is after it emerged that the Kenya Cinema ATM lost Sh3 million during the heist. The other three ATMs lost a total of Sh11 million.

HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS

Offsite ATMs are not hosted next to or inside banking halls. They are located in high traffic areas where banks think they have a clientele base that would make financial sense.

On Tuesday, police turned their attention to G4S, the security group contracted to man the four ATMs, in order to understand how the money disappeared.

It is said the bank’s internal security unit, on being questioned by the police, attempted to absolve themselves from blame by saying all the ATMs that were robbed were under the jurisdiction and management of G4S.

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They were, however, hard pressed to explain why the bank had not installed CCTV cameras at the Mutindwa ATM, an oversight that is likely to place the financial institution in trouble with its customers.

By Tuesday, detectives from the Cyber Crimes Unit at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), who have taken over the investigations, had narrowed down to two theories on how the cash was stolen within three days.

“I can’t comment on an ongoing investigation, which has been taken over by another unit. All I can say is, investigations are ongoing,” Nairobi police boss Rueben Ndolo told the Nation.

However, a physical investigation on the ATMs showed that apart from the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) ATM, the rest had not been tampered with.

PHYSICAL TAMPERING

The ATMs at Mutindwa, Mater Hospital and Kenya Cinema were found to be in good condition with no evidence whatsoever of any physical tampering.

This has led detectives to believe that the ATMs might have been hacked into, by a cyber-crime ring that has become a headache to banking systems of late.

In order to evade detection, the robbers chose to strike during a holiday when there was very little movement of people.

Additionally, they chose to strike just after two of the ATMs had been reloaded with cash. This has heightened suspicion that someone on the inside must have tipped them off. On-site ATMs, which are located at banking halls, are loaded directly by the bank.

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MONITORS CASH LEVEL

However, off-site ATMs, like the ones that were robbed, are loaded by the security company contracted to man them. The security company monitors the cash level inside the machine on a daily basis and then requests for money or technical assistance from the bank whenever required.

In case an off-site ATM needs to be reloaded, all the security company does is to make a requisition and then go pick the money. Like a day before the ATM at Mutindwa was robbed, G4S personnel had just loaded it with Sh7 million. Out of this, Sh6.2 million was discovered missing 24 hours later.

The bank has, however, declined to say how much money was in the four ATMs at the time of the robbery.

source:nairobinews

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Woman chops up vegetables to feed family for a YEAR – including 20kg of potatoes

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Most of us give ourselves a nice pat on the back when we make a menu for the whole month or have our food shopping for the week done.

But one Australian mum has put us all to shame by chopping a YEAR’S worth of vegetables for her family to save herself time every evening.

Her freezer is now stuffed full of zip-lock bags containing an incredible 65kg worth of veg.

Her stash includes, 20kg of potatoes, 15kg of carrots, 15kg of sweet potatoes and 10kg of tomatoes as well as courgettes and pumpkins.

The former chef splashed out Sh. 6,000 (£45) on the vegetables at a wholesale market and says she will use it all in the months to come, reports the Sun.

Posting on Facebook, she writes: “Veg prep for what feels like the next year.

“Carrots: sliced, roast chunks and chopped. Potatoes: chunks, sliced and diced for mash. Onions: sliced, chunks and onion rings.

“I do it so I don’t have to waste time every night chopping up veg for dinner, as we all work and I have university and the two kids have after school sports.

“It’s not pre-cooked, just raw, and the roast vegetables turn out great. Just thaw them out the night before – and the diced up vegetables are perfect for the slow cooker and spaghetti etc.”

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She’s not the only mum who impressed other parents with her incredible prep skills, and earlier this year people were wowed by a woman’s snack organisation.

The mum-of-two spent 11 hours prepping a staggering amount of food for her kids to enjoy over the next few weeks. Describing herself as a “first-time kindy mum”, she says extreme preparation made her feel like she had “sold her soul”.

She now has bags filled with 60 pizza scrolls, 28 sandwiches, chopped oranges, cookies and snack bags of grapes.

She’s frozen all the food and will just take out whatever she needs for her two kids each morning.

 

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I was warned against building my mother a house – Comedian Jalang’o

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Comedian Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has revealed that he was warned against building his mother a house.

Addressing Alex Mwakideu, Jalang’o narrated that after his father passed away, he decided to build his mother a house but was told it was against Luo traditions.

Jalang’o explained that according to the Luo, it was taboo for him to build her house and flouting it meant courting death.

The only remedy, he said, was for her to get another man before moving to the house. The funny bone, however, shrugged the demands aside and went ahead.

Mwakideu mimi naweza kwambia hakuna kitu kama uganga. Hakuna kitu kama hiyo. Sijawahi amini kwa sababu unajua kuna zile tamaduni za ndani kabisa ambazo watu wanakuambia hii haiwezi fanyika kabla hii ifanyike. Kama wajaluo tuko na utamaduni mwingi sana ya kwanza ilikuwa siwezi mjengea mamangu nyumba.

“Nikawaambia kama mungu ambaye namatumikia ataniua kwa sababu nimemjengea mamangu nyumba, wacha nife. Mpaka sahii nangoja kufa kwa sababu nimemjengea mamangu nyumba.

“Kwa sababu wanasema kijana mkubwa ndio anafanya sijui nini na unapomjengea kwa sababu babako alikufa lazima apate mzee mwingine ndio awe mzee wa kambo ndio aweze kumtoa mama kwa nyumba yake kwenda kwa hio ingine…

“So mimi na kichwa yangu mbaya nikamnunulia mamangu shamba na nikamjengea watu wa kijiji wakalia najiingiza kwa shida nikawaambia wacha nife. Mpaka sahii niko na wewe hapa,” said Jalang’o.

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Touted as one of the richest radio presenters in the republic, Jalang’o lost his father just hours after landing his first gig at Kiss 100.

“When my dad died he told me one thing, I have a letter from my dad before he died because I could not even afford to go bury my dad when he died.

“The same day I got my very first gig at Kiss 100 is the same day my dad died. Caroline called me and told me Jalang’o you are replacing Nyambane when she hung up my mom called and told me your dad is gone. That’s how sad it was for me,” he narrated.

source:SDE

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