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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;

3 Comments

3 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.

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Kenyans in the diaspora agonise as the deadline for e-passport nears

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Kenyans living in the diaspora are concerned that they might not get the new e- passports on time despite a deadline extension announced recently by the government and a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the documents be issued in their countries of residence.

Citizens living overseas who spoke to the Nation pleaded for the government to intervene and put things in order at its embassies abroad.

On Friday, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau told the Nation his ministry was working with the Immigration Department to ensure centres for passport applications abroad started working.

“We have identified missions where the programme will start. It is a process that has already been initiated,” he said.

Embassies will first have to deploy more personnel, but Kenyans abroad were being encouraged to register on the diaspora portal.

This, the ministry says, will help establish the areas to prioritise for the centres. Initially, the Interior ministry, which houses the Immigration Department, said it would start with a centre in North America, another in the Middle East and South Africa before expanding gradually.

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But a Kenyan residing in Germany expressed displeasure at the kind of services offered at the embassy in Berlin.

“When we call at the Berlin Embassy it is hell on earth! They pick no calls and when they pick, they are so arrogant. How will we be able to travel? Even after protesting at the Berlin Embassy there is no change,” she said, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.

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But Ms Selline Branis Onalo, who represented Kenyans in Mexico and other central American countries described the tribulations they go through. As Kenya doesn’t have a resident embassy in Mexico City, it runs relations through the mission in Washington.

“It is like the Embassy has forgotten its role in Mexico. Some of us tried to write to the authorities including emails to the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC, which covers Mexico. We haven’t heard anything from them,” she told the Nation.

In the entire Americas, Kenya has embassies in the US, Cuba, Brazil and Canada, collectively serving more than a dozen countries.

Officially, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad. But specific services like passport issuance are provided by the same departments as at home. That means the Immigration Department will have to send attaches to all embassies to ensure the service is provided there.

In September last year, Kenyans held peaceful demonstrations in Berlin to protest against poor services at the embassy.

They also complained about how they were forced to travel back home to renew their passports. Later in December, Deputy President William Ruto announced that the deadline for obtaining new generation passports was extended from August 2019, to an unspecified date in 2020.

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PHOTOS: Uhuru arrives in Mauritius for four-day State Visit

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius for a four-day State Visit.

The plane carrying Mr Kenyatta and his entourage touched down at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport shortly before 7pm local time.

On arrival, the President – who was received by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth – inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the special mobile force of the Mauritius Police Service followed by a 21-gun salute.

After the arrival ceremonies,  Kenyatta paid a courtesy call on the Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory at State House, Le Reduit.

His visit to Mauritius is largely aimed at boosting the economic, cultural and social ties between the two nations, according to PSCU.

The forum will be used to showcase trade and investment opportunities in Mauritius and Kenya.

President Kenyatta is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Prof. George Magoha (Education) among other senior government officials.

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Death Announcement: Edward Kimando Of Lowell, Massachusetts

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Edward Kimando (Baba Ian). He was husband to Salome Kimani of Calvary Evangelical Church, father to Ian Kiuna (PCEA Imani), Faith Kiuna & Mercy Kiuna.

Son of Samuel Kimando & Jane Nyambura of Uplands Kenya. Son-in-law to Geoffrey Gìtua & Sarah Kimani (Dada Sarah) of PCEA Neema church Lowell. Brother in law to Mary Kimani (Hairdresser) & John Micheal (Tush) of Christian Community Fellowship (CCF) Lowell among others.

Prayers will be held daily at their residence 64 WEED ST, LOWELL MA  Daily from 7pm starting tonight for funeral arrangements and sending the body back home to Kenya.
For more details pls contact;
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Mary Kimani…………9784839408
John Micheal……….5084843034
Pastor Kìhìko……….9789962519
Pastor Nyagah……..9787616214
Pastor Karìmi……….9783190056

Your prayers, presence and contributions will be highly appreciated.
God bless you!!

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