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Kenya’s Chief Justice David Maraga jets into US for 2018 Diaspora Conference which opens Friday

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s Chief Justice, David Maraga, arrived in Dallas, Texas, Wednesday in readiness for the 2018 Kenya Diaspora Conference which opens this Friday and runs through Saturday. Justice Maraga will be the guest speaker at the much publicized annual event, which will be held at The University of Texas. (Address: 800 West Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-3021)

The judge was met by Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organisations Inc (AKDOI) chairman, Mr David Ochwang’i, and other officials.

The Conference is a collaboration of Kenyans in America and their affiliated organizations that form the AKDOI.

According to Mr Ochwang’i, the primary focus is to advance our the common welfare of Kenyans in the Diaspora. The Conference theme this year is “The Diaspora Renaissance –Optimizing engagement with the Motherland”.  

“We have been doing this annually but this year’s conference has moved to another level,” he told this reporter.

“It is an annual tradition where business leaders, government officials in both the United States and Kenya as well as other organizations meet and engage with each other, gain potential clients and potential development partners and establish long-term business and professional partnerships for growth,” writes Ochwang’i on the organization’s website.

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“For us in the Diaspora, it is an opportunity to showcase our own progress in advancing our common welfare particularly in our economy and investments, governance and culture,” he adds.

Topics up for discussion this year include business and investment opportunities of mutual interest including Governance, Cultural exchange, Banking, Healthcare, Tourism, Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), Real Estate, public infrastructure, Women and Youth and Diaspora representation.

Other speakers includethe MD of Karibu Homes, Ravi Kohli, Attorney Elizabeth Plumlee and Mr Gregory Pappas of Capital Group. Entertainment will be provided by musician Kepha Bwonda.

 

Below is a message from the event organizers :

The Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organizations, Inc.(www.akdoi.org ) and the Kenyan Women in The US (KWITU) invite you to the 2018 Kenya Diaspora Conference scheduled for Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26, 2018 at The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 West Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-3021(http://www.utdallas.edu/conference/ ).

On Monday, the CJ met with Hon. John G. Roberts Jr., Chief Justice of the United States at the Supreme Court in Washington DC. “We consulted on issues of mutual interest in the administration of justice in our countries,” he said.

Justice Maraga poses for a photo in Dallas, Texas. Behind him is a poster of former US president, George W Bush and his wife, Laura Bush. PHOTO/COURTESY.

 

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PwC man who ‘fell’ from 17th floor mourned his mother for a year, cousin reveals.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Friends, family and colleagues are painting different portraits of Stephen Mumbo,  the Price Waterhouse Coopers Forensic manager who fell from 17th floor of Delta offices which house the international audit firm.

Mr Mumbo was born in 1977 ,was the last born of two girls and three boys in Kisumu Nyamasaria, a hot, dry and humid area where black cotton soil sucks life from a crop.

Only determined weeds survive.  In the absence of his father, Arthur Waore Mumbo, an administrator at Kemri Busia who died in 1992, it was his mother, Mrs Waore, a teacher at Nyamasaria Primary School, who had the most influence in his life.

But after his father’s death, Mumbo was brought up in Alupe, Busia, by his uncle Mzee Obura, a doctor at Kemri in Alupe.

Fred Obura, a cousin, recalls that the father died when Mumbo was joining form one and his family took him.

But “when his mother died five years ago,” recalls Fred “he snapped in the office and couldn’t work. He took a one-year unpaid sabbatical to mourn his mother.”

Indeed, that Friday morning when he committed suicide, it was the huge photo of his mother in his bedroom that he last saw when he slept, and the first he saw when he woke up.

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Fred attended St Paul’s Amukura with Mumbo who was ahead of him but he recalls that Mumbo was the class prefect in form one and two and by form three and four, he was the library prefect.

“Mumbo was deeply religious and never missed church,” says Fred. Other schoolmates, too, had their own recollections.

St Paul’s Amukura was an academic giant in Busia County where it was founded by Catholic priest Father Louis Okidoi in 1962. Mumbo was the shy brain box with an awkward gait.

In the school’s achievement board, mounted proudly in the administration block, Mumbo narrowly missed being immortalised by one point. It was A- in one subject, Kiswahili, that did him in.

Charles Ekirang, his classmate, says Mumbo was expected to succeed in life since “in an age where we chased girls we nicknamed Marios, from St Mary’s Amukura, Mumbo was chasing after whoever had the key to the library.”

Caleb Etyang, a year ahead of Mumbo, says the studious boy “wasn’t a guy to go for sports or drama outings, he was much more at home in the school and the library.”

He recounts a new, beautiful teacher who drove the boys crazy when she reported, but Mumbo was unmoved with her curves.

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Man who defrauded Mungatana charged

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A Chadian national has been charged with defrauding former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana of Sh76 million on pretext of investing the cash in the oil industry.

Appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi, Mr Abdoulaye Tamba also faced four other counts of being in possession of Sh960, 120,000 in fake currency.

He has also charged with defrauding a trader, Mr Makau Muteke, of Sh700,000 on the same pretext of investing them money on his behalf.

Mr Tamba denied the fraud charges and has been released on a cash bail of Sh3 million. The case will be heard on November 29 this year.

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Following reports on social media that he had been conned by a witchdoctor, Mr Mungatana opened up the con scheme.

He said he fell prey to an investment scheme which was created by foreigners in cohort with local prominent leaders.

The former MP said the proprietors of the scheme involved in buying and selling of oil appealed to deep-pocketed Kenyans to invest with them on promise of getting huge profits in return.

“We received profit in the first and second rounds, but the third time the proprietors of the scheme disappeared with our money,” said the former assistant minister without revealing the amount he lost.

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Kim Kardashian, Kanye West Have Breakfast With President Yoweri Museveni

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Rapper Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian had breakfast with Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni on Monday morning at State House, Entebbe.

The couple were flown from Chombe Safari Lodge in the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force helicopter, to State House

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It is not yet clear what was discussed in the meeting as Presidential Press Secretary Lindah Nabusayi declined to divulge details to one of Uganda’s dailies, promising to share them soon.

“You will have them later. We are working on it,” she said.

President Museveni however shared that their meeting bore a fruitful discussion with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and arts.

Kanye and Kim arrived in Uganda on Friday with their eldest daughter, North. They will be in Uganda until October 19.

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