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VIDEO: Uhuru posts 13 new ambassadors to different countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.

He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya.

President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them farewell to their new stations.

“I expect a great deal from you to achieve our agenda. We expect much more than the routine diplomatic relations. I expect results that are better,” the President told the new ambassadors.

He added: ‘You are the voice of our country through engagements that promote good partnerships in trade, investment and the blue economy,”

The President told the new ambassador-designate to Belgium Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure Kenya retains the big market it enjoys within the European Union.

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Turning to Cuba whose 100 specialist doctors have already arrived in the country, the President told ambassador-designate Anthony Muchiri to continue the ongoing partnership to enable training of more Kenyan doctors in the Island nation.

The President told the new envoys to Netherlands and France , Lawrence Lenayapa and Prof Judy Wakhungu respectively to seek greater partnerships with their respective countries of accreditation over the blue economy initiative and which Kenya will be host an international conference later in the year.

The President said France also remains Kenya’s great partner in the green Energy sector and told Prof. Wakhungu to pursue further partnerships with the same zeal she used to eradicate the menace on plastics when she served as Cabinet Secretary for Environment.

He told the new High Commissioner to New Delhi Willy Bett to use his huge knowledge and skills in Agriculture to open the Indian market for Kenya’s products, training for the youth and value addition for our agricultural commodities.

On her part, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma noted that the new ambassadors had been taken through vetting and training and she was confident they would deliver on the objectives and pursue national interests expected of them.

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“We expect you to promote, project and protect Kenya’s national interest all the time. In your endeavor to build mutually beneficial ties and strategic partnerships, you are expected to preserve the dignity and honour of your homeland,” the CS told the diplomats.

The other High Commissioners were Kiema Kilonzo ( Uganda), Dr. Willy Machage (Nigeria) ,Mohammed Shidiye ( Botswana) and Dan Kazungu (Tanzania).

Former Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will represent Kenya at the UN-Geneva as a Permanent Representative, Dr.Hassan Wario at UN-Vienna as the ambassador designate and Richard Ekai as the new ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Phyllis Kandie proceeds to Paris as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

PCSU contributed to this story

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Illegal immigrants turn to GoFundMe in effort to stay in U.S.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Some enterprising citizens who are fed up with the slow pace of progress in building President Trump’s border wall have decided to take matters into their own hands.

US media reports that dozens of people have launched GoFundMe accounts to raise money that they say they will make sure is used to push the president’s plans for his “great, beautiful wall.”

On the other hand,  illegal immigrant “Dreamers” have also turned to “crowdfunding” to raise money, asking for donations to pay their fees as they rush to apply for renewed status under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that keeps them from being deported.

According to Washington Times, American good Samaritans have been donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than 600 pro-immigrant campaigns as they look for ways to become personally involved in the immigration debate.

“This is certainly a way they can do that, and it makes a big difference to these people,” said Peter Boogaard, communications director at FWD.us, a pro-immigration advocacy group founded by tech executives that is working with GoFundMe to highlight the DACA campaigns. “They’re not asking for huge amounts of money. They’re asking for a little bit of support to make their ability to renew their applications a little easier.”

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How 15 Chinese were busted in a ‘brothel’ in South C, Nairobi

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

15 Chinese nationals were arrested in Nairobi Wednesday for allegedly engaging in prostitution in Nairobi.

 According to Kenyan Immigration Department, the suspects, both men and women, were  found in a brothel in South C estate and were  driven to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for processing and subsequent deportation.

Daily Nation, a local paper, reported that the arrest comes months after Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’s declared war on illegal immigrants and foreigners doing jobs that should be done by Kenyans.

A fortnight ago, police raided the African headquarters of the China Global Television Network (CGTN) in Nairobi and briefly detaining several journalists.

In the recent past, Chinese embassy in Nairobi has complained over police swoops that have seen its nationals with legal documents hauled into police stations for verification.

On September 6th, a Chinese national who was captured on video insulting Kenyans and the president has been deported. Liu jiaqi who referred to Kenyans as poor, black, smelly monkeys was quickly kicked out of the country as some Kenyans took to social media calling for such people to be arraigned rather than be deported.

“Deportation can not take away the insults. Such people should be taken to court and jailed as retribution for the unprecedented insults against a people,” wrote Maggie Mayaka on Instagram.

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Illegal immigrants arrested at JKIA as government intensifies crackdown

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Police in Nairobi on Friday arrested 71 immigrants who were being trafficked through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Oman with fake entry stamps on their passports.

According to the Director of Immigration Services Alexander Muteshi, security officers detected that the immigrants, who are of different nationalities, had fake documents.

“Our officers at the immigration desk at the JKIA detained 59 Ugandans, seven Burundians and five Tanzanians who had fake entry stamps on their passports,” said Mr Muteshi.

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He added that authorities are tracking down the agents behind the fake Visa’s to have them charged.

Kenyan authorities are meanwhile coordinating with the immigrants embassies to see that they are repatriated to their respective countries.

It is suspected the the immigrants, most of whom are Uganda women, were being trafficked to the Middle East to work as house helps.

“Ugandan Government banned their citizens from going to work in the Middle East over reports of human rights violation,” Muteshi explained.

This incident comes at a time when the Ministry of Interior is conducting an intense crackdown to flush out illegal immigrants in the country.

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