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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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‘Please help me return home,’ Kenyan legend runner living in the US pleads

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan distance running legend Henry Rono a broken man. He has been living in the United States of America for the last 32 years, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rono who is now 66, on Tuesday reached out to Nation Sport and sent a passionate appeal:

“I wants a ticket back home, please.”

“Yes, I would like the government to help me get back home by getting me a ticket… I can’t afford living in the USA. I’m getting old… Also, being away from home for over 32 years is too long,” added the legend.

The legend is currently a security guard at the Albuquerque airport.

“Yes, I did retire, but these other jobs are stressful and I’m too old,” he said. “Like now, I’m sick from working hard. Many of my fellow Kenyans are dying from stressful hard working jobs,” said Rono, who was given a lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2008.

“I have been given another award in Belgrade but I’m able to attend because of stressful work. Like now, I’m in the bed and I’m unwell.”

But Rono’s daughter Maureen confirmed she had spoken to the legend, and that he has been unwell since last week. “He has been coughing for the last week, and I’ve been in touch with him. If he asked you to send out an appeal for help, you can go ahead and publish,” she said.

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Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei, meanwhile, said his association would be ready to help the legend.

“He did a lot for this country and we can’t fail to get help for him,” said Tuwei. “We need information such as costs of tickets, who he could be travelling with and other details, and then see how we can support.”

The Washington State University star alumnus had taken up coaching after his running career, this after alcoholism dented the highlight years of his spell that saw him shatter world records in the 3,000 metres (seven minutes, 32.1 seconds), 5,000 metres (13:08.4), 3,000 metres steeplechase (8:05.04) and 10,000 metres (27:22.47), all within 81 days across USA (California and Seattle) and Europe (Vienna and Oslo).

Source: nation.co.ke

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Shock as 25 year old Kenyan man passes away suddenly in US

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It is with humble acceptance  of God’s will that we announce the sudden death of Martin Muchene (popularly known as Gushi), which occurred on Tuesday January 15, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the son of Mr. Paul and Deaconess Grace Muchene, and brother of Dennis Muchene, all of Baltimore, Maryland.

He was the grandson of Mr Joseph Muchene (popularly known as Babu)and the late Mrs. Hannah Wacheke Muchene of Waithaka, Dagoretti, Kenya; and grandson of Mr. David Kavusyu Munyoki and Mrs. Janet Kavusyu of Kitui, Kenya.

He was the nephew of Lucy Wanjiru, Mary Wangari, Peter Muhia, Sammy Kavusyu, Titus Kavusyu, and Mary Kimanzi. He was a cousin to many.

Friends and family will meet at 6pm daily for prayers & financial assistance at the Muchene’s residence: 2910 Rosalie Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21234.

On Friday Jan 18 and Saturday Jan 19 ONLY, prayers will be held at: Faith & Grace Worship Center, 10012 Harford Rd. Parkville MD 21234.

After Saturday 19th, prayers will continue to be held daily at the Muchene’s residence.

Further information about burial arrangements will be communicated later.

Cashapp donations can be sent to:
Dennis Wairia : 443-676-4668 – $DENNISWAIRIA
David Kimari: 443-326-1759 – $DavidKimari
Eva Kamau: 443-912-7033 – $EvaWangari

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For more information please contact:

Dr. Rev Paul Mukundi: 443-554-4235
Pastor Samson Onzare: 443-824-4050
Pastor Mugwe: 410-236-5401
Karanja Mwaura: 410-409-9340
Melina Obare: 302-401-8412
Muthoni Mbatiah: 972-800-0342
John Mwaniki (Asante Auto): 443-858-4617
Abby Karanja: 404-542-5099
Racheal Liyayi: 443-570-3226

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American who survived 9/11 dies in Riverside attack

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An American who survived the 9/11 terror attack is among those who were killed in Tuesday’s terror attack at Nairobi’s 14 Riverside Drive.

Jason Spindler’s mother Sarah Sandler told NBC News that her son “was trying to make positive change in the third world in emerging markets.”

Jason’s brother, Jonathan, also confirmed the family’s tragic loss via Facebook.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my brother, Jason Spindler passed away this morning during a terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya. Jason was a survivor of 9-11 and a fighter. I am sure he gave them hell!” Jonathan’s post read.

HAVING LUNCH

The US State department confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the Tuesday attack.

Spindler, who was the CEO and Global Managing Director of I-DEV International, was, according to colleagues, having lunch at the Dusit Hotel when the attack happened.

I-DEV is based at Metta, a space for entrepreneurs that is located at the 14 Riverside office complex in the Belgravia building’s sixth floor.

The Metta Africa Head of Community, memberships and operations Essie Mwikali said there were 45 people at the space when the attack happened and accounted for everyone and confirmed the death of Spindler.

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Nailab CEO Sam Gichuru eulogized Spindler as “a strong supporter of the Kenyan Tech Ecosystem.”

By Agencies

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