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BY BMJ MURIITHI

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, has died  in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sources at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta confirmed  that Mr Majanja was taken there in an ambulance while “in critical condition Saturday and we had to put him on life support machine before he passed on.”

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.

“We are devastated by the news and the elders here can’t fathom the idea of their son being buried in a foreign land, thousands of miles away from his ancestral home,” said Protus Muhanji Shikoli, Majanja’s nephew who spoke to this reporter by phone from Kakamega on Tuesday.

“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.

According to Ms Catherine Ogembo, Majanja’s niece who lives in the New Hope City in Minnesota, the hospital personnel had to enlist the help of the police in tracing his kin before “they made the decision to just let him rest in peace.”

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She said the family was saddened by news of his demise.

“His blood pressure was extremely high,” a source at the hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, told this reporter.

Mr Majanja was in the news in 2014 when NTV aired a story 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.

“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.

READ ALSO:   Majanja's family appeals for help as fundraiser planned this Saturday in Atlanta to help fly body home

 

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.

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.

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“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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I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself. Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

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TRAGEDY: Kenyan woman -Susan Wangui Njenga – passes away in the US

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It is with deep sorrow and the acceptance of God’s will that we announce the sudden demise of Susan Wangui Njenga of Maryland, USA.

Daughter of the late Charles Njenga Ng’ang’a and the late Peris Wanjiku Njenga. Mother to Samantha Masawi and Tinashe Masawi of Maryland, USA. Devoted sister to Mercy Njenga, Arthur Njenga, Margaret Mbugua, Jane Njenga, Rachel Njenga, Stephen Kariuki, Alice Waweru, Mary Njenga and Nancy Njenga.

Caring sister-in-law to the late Joe ‘Rogers’ Mbugua, Zacks Waweru, Jacinta Kariuki, Steve Mbugua and Jacinta Njihia, among others. Loving aunt to Byron & Irene Kibunia, Quincy & Kui Njenga, Toya Njenga, Charles & Naomi Njenga, James & Muthoni Makumi, Konrad & Sarai Paruch, Njenga Kariuki, Jade-Candice Waweru, Andrew & Wanjiku Ndungu, Abraham Waweru, Joshua Waweru and Gitau Kariuki, among others.

She was the sweetest great aunt to Naya Njenga. Shari, Sheliya & Avery-Joe Njenga, Joelle, Kinuthia & Mbugua Makumi, Laila Kibunja and Ruby Njenga.

Friends and relatives are meeting daily virtually in Kenya and USA. The funeral service will be held on Monday 23rd November, 2020 In Maryland, USA.

We thank you for your prayers of comfort and we welcome your kind contributions through Mpesa pay bill number: 7007671 and account number: Susan Njenga transition fund.

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“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31;6

May the Almighty God take up Mum’s soul to Heaven.


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