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Majanja’s family appeals for help as fundraiser planned this Saturday in Atlanta to help fly body home

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Family and friends of the late Timothy Majanja invite you to a fundraiser this Saturday in Atlanta, GA., as they seek money to send his remains back home in Kakamega for burial. Mr. Majanja was found unresponsive early last week in an Atlanta neighborhood, put on an ambulance and transported to the nearby Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead 2 days later. The body is currently at West Cobb Funeral Home.

READ: Timothy Majanja, Kenyan man who has lived in N America for half a century dies in Atlanta




Below is message from Mr Majanja’s niece, Catherine Ogembo who lives in Minnesota and who has assumed the responsibility of managing the funeral arrangements:

My Uncle, Majanja, came to Canada in the late 60s. After the mid 80s, all our family members back in Kenya lost contact with him. None of us knew where he was or how to locate him until a year ago. We found out that he had been homeless here in the U.S. I stayed in contact with him until March 2018 when he disappeared again. I was then contacted by our local police here in New Hope, Minnesota, on April 30th that I needed to contact a hospital in Atlanta.

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Turns out, Majanja was found unconscious on the roadside and then transported to hospital for treatment. He had high blood pressure and was not taking his medication nor going for treatment for a previous ailment.  He passed away on May 1st after being on a ventilation machine.
While we were in contact, I tried to have my uncle return to Kenya to be with his family. Now that he has passed, I am seeking funds to finally get him home with his family where he will rest. Any amount of donation will be greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards,
Catherine Ogembo

 

Click here go to the GOFUNDME account

 

Date/Time of Fundraiser: May 12th 2018 from 4pm to 8pm

Venue: Believers Celebration Center (BCC)

Address: 1492 Roswell Rd. Marietta, Ga.30062

 

For more info or to send in your contribution, kindly Contact:

Allan Rubia  404-769-8793  (Has Cash App)

Steven Salania 404-993-0677 (Has Cash App)

Judy Magwana 770-316-8830

Arthur Andega 678-663-1796

Allan Onyango 678-619-6079

Rose Mulunda 404-647-9980

 

Thank you in advance for standing with this family

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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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