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Kenyan woman in Diaspora told to shut up over her “life abroad is hell” comments

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

A Kenyan woman has met the wrath of her compatriots in the Diaspora for claiming that many of them live like paupers. In a video posted online, the woman whose name and country of residence we are yet to establish says “maisha ulaya ni magumu” and goes on to paint a very grim  picture of live abroad.

However, most Kenyans who have responded to her comments are not amused. Writing on various social media platforms, most of the Kenyans in the Diaspora seem to be delivering one clear message: “speak for yourself!”

After the video went viral Monday, the hashtag #speakforyourself trended all day Tuesday.

Sample these comments and watch the video below them:

John Ateka says on Twitter: Whereas it is no secret that some Kenyans in the Diaspora struggle to make ends meet, it is also true that there are others who are doing quite well. That is a fact. #speakforyourself.

Wairiimujk writes on Instagram: “It is quite ok to to say all that but for goodness sake, don’t generalize.

Kenyans residing in the US at a past event in Los Angeles, California, USA.  FILE PHOTO

MarionOsosi says: Who makes you the representative of all Kenyans abroad. Please speak for youreself.

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Irene Macknon says on Facebook: I do struggle to make ends meet but I don’t appreciate your general characterization of life in the Diaspora. #seeyourlife.

Annmwaniki writes on Twitter: This is defamation. serikali saidia. She should be charged under the new cybercrime and computer misuse law law for slander.

AnitaJ says: I am embarrased. Just shut up!

Watch the video and be the judge;

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Julie

    May 23, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Am sorry that there are some Kenyans hurting but not everyone is in poverty.We have to make the best of what we have here and appreciate the opportunities that are around us.

  2. Ole Salania

    May 23, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Instead of bashing this lady listen to her as yes some are doing well, but there are those of us who are homeless, jobless and hurting. She’s speaking to those who keep asking money from diaspora yet they don’t know the challenges facings those residing there.

    • Lady Lucille

      May 24, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      I’m surprised by all the title and some of the responses. This lady can speak for herself and for many other Kenyans any day. She is speaking the PURE TRUTH! For those of us who follow her and know her story, she is quite established and living well both abroad and in Kenya. She works hard and deserves to enjoy her money. TUNCHOKAAAA….. Take it or leave it! and, while you are at it check yourselves. She is free to speak her truth.

  3. Mdhuru

    November 5, 2019 at 8:27 am

    You have baseless reasons to criticized this women,what she’s talking about is true and i congratulate her.The people to be criticized is those who are charged with corruption in Kenya and they are free,until today no one has been jailed with corruption.

  4. James G

    January 25, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Spot on. Life overseas is not a walk in the Park contrary to the general thinking in Kenya. No one brings money in a wheelbarrow daily at your front door. You have to work hard for it on top of other demands for bills. That is what she’s onto all about, and its a fair cal.

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Kenyan passport still highly ranked amid Covid-19 pandemic

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The Kenyan passport has defied the Covid-19 pandemic to retain position 72 among the most powerful passports in the world, this according to a newly released Henley Passport Index.

The index, periodically measures the world’s most travel-friendly passports, based on the number of destinations their holders can access visa-free or visa-on-arrival.

VISA-FREE ACCESS

According to the latest index, the Japanese passport opens more doors than any other passport in the world.

The Japanese passport, offering visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 191 destinations around the world, topped the rankings, followed by Singapore (190 destinations) while the South Korean passport tied with the German passport in third place with a score of 189.

The Kenyan passport, whose holder can access 71 destinations around the world without a visa or visa-on-arrival, is ranked at seventh in the continent, behind Seychelles (151 destinations), Mauritius (145), South Africa (101), Botswana (82), Namibia (75), Lesotho (74), and Swaziland (72).

The Kenyan passport also commands a relatively high score in comparison to those from other East African countries.

Amanda Smit, the Managing Partner and Head of South, East, and Central Africa at Henley, hailed the Kenyan passport’s resilience in retaining its position.

TEMPORARY BANS

“The much-considered destinations are the ones which have effectively handled the coronavirus outbreak, and especially those which have declared themselves virus-free. International airline travel is still on halt, but it is to be expected that more people will look at various destinations to settle as soon as airspace is open,” she said.

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Research using exclusive historical data from the index has revealed that there is a strongly positive connection between visa freedom and a variety of indicators of economic freedom, government integrity, and personal or political freedom.

The Henley Passport Index is based on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA) and covers 199 passports and 227 travel destinations. It is updated in real time throughout the year, as and when visa policy changes come into effect.

Henley & Partners said the recent ranking did not take temporary bans into account.

The best passports to hold in 2020:

1. Japan (191 destinations)

2. Singapore (190)

3. South Korea, Germany (189)

4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188)

5. Denmark, Austria (187)

6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186)

7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Belgium (185)

8. Greece, New Zealand, Malta, Czech Republic (184)

9. Canada, Australia (183)

10. Hungary (181)

The worst passports to hold:

103. North Korea (39 destinations)

104. Libya, Nepal, Palestinian Territory (38)

105. Somalia, Yemen (33)

106. Pakistan (32)

107. Syria (29)

108. Iraq (28)

109. Afghanistan (26)

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No Quarantine for Passengers Flying to Kenya, Government says

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Transport CS James Macharia, on Wednesday, July 8, announced that passengers arriving in Kenya from other countries would not be forced to quarantine if they did not exhibit flu symptoms.

“All passengers shall be exempt from quarantine on arrival at their destinations if their body temperature is not above 37.5 degrees celsius and they do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing and other flu-like symptoms.

“This is important because we do not expect a tourist to come from wherever they land here and then they are quarantined for 14 days,” the CS explained.

Speaking during a press briefing at Transcom House in Nairobi, CS Macharia revealed that the new protocols were aimed at encouraging tourism, one of the hardest-hit industries following the pandemic.

Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
Transport and Infrastructure Cabinet Secretary James Macharia speaking at KICC on March 17, 2016.
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In addition, the CS explained that airline crew and passengers would be allowed to the airports and that all crew would be exempted from quarantine after a flight, if their body temperatures were below 37 degrees, and if there was no suspected Covid-19 case in the flight.

However, the crew is expected to be quarantined in case of a suspected case from the flight.

Passengers flying into the country will be allowed to be dropped and picked at the various airports past curfew hours, provided that they are able to present a boarding pass.

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With the resumption of air transport slated for July 15, 2020, as per President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive, CS Macharia revealed that only 5 airlines had so far confirmed that they would be operational.

The five were identified as Kenya Airways, Jambojet, Aim Air, Boskovic Air, and Scenic Safaris.

In case of a suspected case of COVID-19 on a flight, CS Macharia revealed that the passengers within two rows of the passenger with the symptoms would be tested. If their results turned out to be negative, they would be then allowed to leave the airport, however, the reverse would result in the passengers being quarantined in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines.”

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Kenyan students in the US to lose visas if their classes move online

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Kenyan students in the United States may soon be forced to return home if their colleges or universities opt for online learning only, as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

In a statement on Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that students on non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visas who attend universities that operate entirely online amid the Covid-19 pandemic may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.

FULL ONLINE COURSES

“Students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” said ICE.

The agency added that F-1 students who attend schools that provide a mixture of online and in-person classes will be permitted to take some online courses.

According to ICE, the schools must certify to the Student Exchange Visitor Program “that the program is not entirely online, that the student is not taking an entirely online course load and that the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree.”

F-1 students whose universities will maintain full in-person classes will remain bound by federal laws that allow a maximum of one class or three credit hours online.

IMMIGRATION CONSEQUENCES

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“Students who remain in the United States while taking only online courses could face immigration consequences, including the initiation of removal proceedings,” ICE said.

Last year, the number of Kenyans enrolled in US higher-education institutions rose by nearly four per cent, reaching a total of 3,451 students, according to a 2019 study published by a State Department Bureau and Institute of International Education, a New York-based NGO.

Africans overall account for 40,000 of the 1,095,000 international students in the US.

The updated guidance comes as schools in the US consider reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, while imposing restrictions on students’ return that will force some students to stay off-campus and learn remotely for entire semesters at a time.

The ICE announcement comes at a time when the US leads the world in coronavirus caseload. More than 2.9 million Americans have contracted Covid-19 with 130,000 deaths reported.

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