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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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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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VIDEO: New Chinese ambassador to Kenya presents her credentials to Uhuru

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, received credentials from China’s first female ambassador to Nairobi Ms Sun Baohong.

Ms Sun was among three new ambassadors who have recently been posted  to Kenya. The diplomats also included Sri Lanka’s Commissioner-designate Weerawardena Sunil Dharmasena De Silva and New Zealand’s non-resident ambassador-designate Mark Ramsden, who will reside in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Kenyatta told Ms Baohong that Kenya had enjoyed a strong mutual understanding with her predecessor, Dr. Liu Xianfa, and hoped that the partnership between the two countries will continue during her term in Nairobi.

On her part, the new ambassador pledged to use her new position to enhance Sino-Kenyan Relations to further promote the existing strategic partnership and deepen ties between Nairobi and Beijing.

Ms Baohong, the 15th Chinese Ambassador to Nairobi is also her country’s permanent representative to two global institutions-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat).

China and Kenya have for many years enjoyed mutual collaboration in various areas including infrastructure development and manufacturing.

Kenya is keen to tap into Chinese investments in the manufacturing sector by harnessing Beijing’s technical prowess, capital and experience to promote industrial growth as outlined in the Vision 2030 blue-print.

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This co-operation is aimed at creating jobs locally and boost Kenya’s export potential.

President Kenyatta told the New Zealand ambassador that Kenya wishes to prosper the relationship with the Australasia nation.

He singled out Geo-Thermal energy sector and sport especially Rugby as two areas where the two nations could co-operate for mutual benefit.

The Head of State called for stronger people-to-people ties with Sri-Lanka.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma was also present at the function.

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VIDEO: Why you should never buy potatoes in a rush

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Are you always in a hurry when you buy stuff by the roadside? Think twice.

Investigations have revealed that many vendors trick their customers into thinking that they are buying overflowing buckets of potatoes – and indeed other commodities – only for the unsuspecting buyers to end up with half of their money’s worth.

Yes, it is true! Unscrupulous traders are on the prowl are literally stealing your potatoes. This is what the cameras found out. Watch:

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