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Body of Kenyan man still in N. Carolina mortuary close to 3 months after his death

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BY CAPT. GEORGE NJUE
The body of Justin Kitogho Mwashigdadi (whose picture appears above), a scientist and a graduate of West Virginia Univesity,  who passed away on Sunday March 11th 2018 at Vidant Hospital in Greenville NC,  has been lying at a funeral home in the heartland of East North Carolina since then. The reason is that his family is not able to bury him here nor repatriate the body for burial in Taita Taveta County.
Justin was a resident of North Carolina for 12 years. He got ill 5 years ago after suffering a stroke and it was then he was diagnosed with diabetes. He was then treated and was put on disability because he could not work anymore.



He lived with a fiancé, Maurine O Dell, for 12 years and when he fell sick , she took care of him till his death. Sometime in early March, Maurine was called while at work and told that Justin had been found on the floor.
She advised the caller to call 911. So Justin was taken to Dublin General hospital where he was diagnosed with bleeding in the brain. Six hour later he was flown to Greenville hospital and died a week later.
According to Maurine, all this information was passed to the family back in Mombasa, who at one point were asked to give consent to disconnect the life-saving machine. Now the family tried to get help from the Kenya embassy in Washington DC and they were referred to the ministry for foreign affairs who in return said they could not help.
Justin doesn’t seem to have been in any contact with Kenyans in USA and doesn’t seem  to have  had any relatives in USA, according to Maureen, who  lived with him for 12 years till his death.
This matter was brought to our attention by someone who posted the information in a Kenyan community WhatsApp group as well as from a video clip of Kenyan tv news item lamenting the lack of unity among the Kenyan diaspora in USA. Since then we have contacted the funeral home and the family at home and confirmed the details.
Simon Mwashigdadi, a son to the deceased told me he contacted  the Kenyan embassy in Washington DC as soon as the father died and he was referred to the ministry of foreign affairs who also said they could not help to bring the body home but could help with the paperwork if need be.
Knowing that help will never come from the government of Kenya, we have formed a committee to steer the fundraising & funeral plans here in Raleigh North Carolina chaired by myself,  with   John Mwawana as secretary and Solomon Molla as the treasurer.
We are encouraging others to join in so as to complete this task and are calling upon all Kenyans of goodwill wherever they are to help us with resources.  Little by little, we can do it and it’ll not be aa big a burden. However, if left to only a few, they might not even be able to bury him here in the US.
So we plan to repatriate the remains for burial in Taita Taveta in accordance to his family’s wish. We need at least $ 13,000 to do this and also enable his fiancé of 12 years to travel to Kenya and give the family the account of his life in the US.
Please direct your contributions to
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My condolences to the family. May Justin Rest In Peace.
At your service
Capt George Njue
For concerns contact:-
Capt. Njue 919 612 5893
John Mwawana 919 209 8242
Solomon Molla 919  345 4073
Elvis Kirando 254 716 701 404
Simon Mwashigdadi 254 20 73311855

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Kenyan in Atlanta counts blessings as he owns two successful businesses

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Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

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“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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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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