Connect with us

Diaspora

Kenyan man in US charged with attempted murder after battering, strangulating wife – Police

Published

on

A Kenyan woman is admitted in a hospital in Minnesota, USA, with serious injuries after she was allegedly assaulted by her Kenyan husband.

Police in New Brighton City were called to a petrol station in the city to find a woman identified as Emily Kwamboka unconscious. Emergency medical personnel rushed her to Norton Hospital, where she was admitted with multiple facial and neck injuries.

Authorities in Minnesota are holding Bernard Mogaka Okero on multiple charges of assault, battery and attempted murder through strangulation.

The assault outraged Kenyans on social media across the US with many calling for tough measures against domestic violence among African immigrants.

Kwamboka’s is the most recent in rising number of incidences of domestic violence reported among Kenyan immigrants across America.

Minnesota and New Jersey, the two states after Texas with a large Kenyan, immigrant population, are considered hotbeds of domestic violence.

About seven years ago, an enraged man — Justus Kebabe — butchered his wife and two teenage children in a domestic quarrel. He was sentenced to 76 years in prison.

In New Jersey, Henry Okong’o shot dead his wife, Lydia Okong’o, before turning the gun on himself in early March this year.

A screen grab of The Star story featuring a photo of the suspect.

The couple that left three young children, barely 10 years old orphaned, lived a troubled life, characterised by physical violence episodes.

The killings prompted calls for counseling programmes to help many Kenyan couples to learn coping skills in America.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Hundreds of Kenyans, friends, mourn Mike Mulwa who was killed in robbery

Last year, a Kenyan man in Brooklyn City, Minnesota, was charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault after attacking his girlfriend with an axe leaving her for dead.

Samuel Nyaboga, 45, was arraigned in court for the attempted murder of his girlfriend in Minnesota after a disagreement.

A witness told police that Nyaboga had bought an axe and used it to hit his girlfriend in the head, causing her a skull fracture. The victim who spent about 10 months in hospital is confined to a wheelchair, incapacitated.

 

JAIL TERM

Kenyan men in Minnesota gang up to collect funds to bail out one of their own whenever faced with domestic violence charges.

Okero remains in custody after relatives and friends failed to raise the bond of Sh3.5 million. He faces a lengthy jail term if convicted of the domestic battery charges.

Police sources said Okero had violated orders restraining him from the victim.

Kwamboka told the Star that Okero has been beating her and authorities issued a restraining order against him. “Since he was restrained not to come near me, he started stalking me from my place of work. I didn’t know he was doing this until all of a sudden someone attacked me as I fuelled my car outside a gas station,” she said.

Kwamboka, a mother of two who went to America to pursue a nursing career, claimed she had frequently been battered by the father of her children.

“Ever since he became a citizen, he went out of control, attacking me at every opportunity. He drinks excessively and demands money from me failing which, he becomes agitated and violent,” she said.

READ ALSO:   RECORDED VIDEO: Mike Mulwa Ngangi's Memorial Service in Atlanta

“I fled to Texas, but he followed me there and threatened to kill me if I didn’t cooperate and live with him.”

Narrating her ordeal, Kwamboka said she had pulled up outside a gas station and as she attempted to open the door to start fuelling, someone pulled her back into the seat and locked the car.

“I asked him what he wanted but before I could finish, he rained blows on my face and began biting and strangling me,” she said.

“I was unable to scream and next I found myself in hospital with my mum on my bedside.”

Kwamboka claimed that due to constant beatings, she had spent time in domestic violence shelters in Minnesota, but whenever she returned, her husband resumed beating her again.

Kwamboka’s mother, Fridah Nyanchama, said her daughter had become enslaved under a depraved and narcissistic man and appealed for justice for her daughter. She said since she arrived in America one year ago, she had witnessed one of the worst episodes of domestic violence in her lifetime.

“I found my daughter nursing a nearly broken hand. She has continued to experience pain and is unable to drive a distance of more than three hours.”

“Kwamboka told me she had been beaten up and left for dead by her husband. After she woke up in hospital, she found her hand heavily bandaged,” Nyanchama said.

READ ALSO:   PHOTOS/VIDEO: Atlanta based Kenyan woman in dire need of help

She told this writer in Minneapolis that when she tried to intervene and address any disagreements between her daughter and the husband, Okero would attack in broad daylight.

Nyanchama appealed to US authorities to protect her daughter, whom she feared might be killed.

“Before he went to attack my daughter at the gas station, he insulted me as “egesagane eke” — ekegusii diatribe for a girl who has not undergone the traditional rite of passage.

REACTIONS

Kwamboka’s assault drew mixed reactions from Kenyans on social media in the US.

Some Kenyan men accused their women of allegedly becoming “disrespectful” to their husbands once they arrive in the USA.

Henry Momanyi warned Kenyan men who engage in domestic violence to prepare for lengthy jail terms in America because the law on wife battering is strict.

Ayaka Onyambu, who took to Mwanyagetinge social media group, accused Kenyan women graduating from nursing of being rude to their spouses hence the rise in cases of domestic violence.

Onyambu, who is a recent immigrant from Kenya, warned women that violence will continue against them unless they “respected their husbands!” Still, others blamed misogyny among Kenyan men as the major contributing factor for the cases of violence among Kenyan communities.

Two months ago, a group of Kenyan immigrant men met in Atlanta, Georgia, formed “Maendeleo ya Wanaume” for solidarity against women from their country who allegedly called police on them at the slightest provocation.

SOURCE: The-star.co.ke

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Diaspora

Kenyans in the US in solidarity against Hurricane Florence’s devastation

Published

on

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA,

Most Kenyans living along the coastal cities of North and South Carolina heeded calls to evacuate areas that were to bear the brunt of Hurricane Florence.

So far, no Kenyan has been reported dead in the aftermath of the hurricane that made landfall on Friday morning.

NO WAIT

One of them is John Wasike, who lives and works at a hotel in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Speaking to Sunday Nation from Kari, in Raleigh-Durham, Mr Wasike said he loaded in his car, certificates, memorabilia such as pictures and everything else he considered essential, and left at the crack of dawn on Thursday.

“I left Wilmington like a woman leaving home after a disagreement with her partner. I didn’t want to wait to see what happens because if something happens to me, nobody will know as there are not many Kenyans in Wilmington,” he said.

He is staying with his childhood friend from Kitale in Kari.

It’s understood that very few Kenyans live in coastal towns most affected by the hurricane.

Most of those in North and South Carolina live in Raleigh, Charlotte and Charleston.

NO DEATHS OF KENYANS

Florence made landfall as a hurricane near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on Friday morning.

READ ALSO:   PHOTOS/VIDEO: Atlanta based Kenyan woman in dire need of help

It is now a tropical storm but will continue to threaten North and South Carolina with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding. Its top sustained winds have dropped to 70 mph and it’s at a near standstill, moving west at just three mph.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles from their center.

Florence is producing tropical storm-force wind gusts in Florence, South Carolina, about 60 miles from the coast, the National Hurricane Center said.

Late Saturday, Captain George Njue, a Kenyan community leader who also lives in Raleigh, said no Kenyans had been reported dead as a result of the hurricane.

He told the Sunday Nation that most Kenyans living in the hinterland agreed to open their doors for their compatriots from the coastal towns who needed a place to ride the storm.

“Places like Raleigh and Charlotte are pretty far from either Myrtle Beach or Wilmington so they are likely to be spared the brunt force of the hurricane. That is why we encouraged Kenyans from those places to come and take cover over here,” he said.

“This place is relatively safe despite the heavy rains and occasional loss of power.”

POWER OUTAGE

Mr Isaac Kuria who also lives in Kari, said his neighbourhood had experienced an extensive black-out as expected.

READ ALSO:   Kenyan Diaspora mother and two kids who died in suspicious house fire buried

“We knew this was likely to happen so most people prepared adequately. Most people bought generators, torches and candles in case electricity was cut-off,” Mr Kuria said.

Cars were not spared by the Hurricane. PHOTO/FILE

He was not sure when power would be restored.

On Thursday, Kenyan born immigration attorney Jeff Matemu, of Raleigh, sent a message to Kenyans living in North and South Carolina and Virginia, asking them to heed authorities’ calls to evacuate.

“Please don’t think this is something you can ride out. The storm is proving to be deadly so don’t take chances,” said Mr Matemu, who is contesting a congressional seat for the 2nd District of North Carolina on a libertarian party ticket.

He posted the message on social media.

Speaking to Sunday Nation on Saturday, he also asked Kenyans to stay updated and follow advisories by emergency management authorities at the state and local levels.

“Anything can be replaced but not life,” he said.

-BY CHRIS WAMALWA, nation.co.ke

Continue Reading

Diaspora

Tragedy as Kenyan man in US accidentally kills 18-month-old Son while reversing his car

Published

on

A Kenyan family in Kansas is mourning the death of their 18-month-old son after the boy’s father accidentally killed him with a car on Monday.

Dan Mutuma, who works as a nurse in Kansas City, hit and crushed his son Mishael to death after the son walked unnoticed behind the vehicle as he reversed.

Mutuma had gone to a local college in the morning where he is studying but returned home to pick some documents that he had forgotten. After hurriedly picking the papers, he left the house leaving behind his wife Loise, who was looking after their young twins.

He got into the car and without realizing that his son Mishael had followed him from the house, he reversed the vehicle and crushed him.

“It is so painful to the entire family and especially to the father to have crushed his own son. There is no way he could have seen the kid who was playing behind. The child had run unnoticed behind the vehicle as the father was reversing… The mother-in-law was in the kitchen while the wife was tending to the other twin children. It was so painful, nobody could be blamed for it,” Mr Mutuma’s brother-in-law Ezra Kamencu Mingaine told Daily Nation.

Fox 4 News reported that local police in Olathe, Kansas had launched investigations into the incident but are unlikely to press any criminal charges against Mutuma as they consider it an accident.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Hundreds of Kenyans, friends, mourn Mike Mulwa who was killed in robbery

“If the child were not his, it would have been a terrible case. I have started educating members of the public on the need to ensure they know where their children are while driving away,” Mr Mingaine said.

The child will be laid to rest in the US but the burial date has not yet been set. Plans are in place to have family members from Kenya travel to the US for the funeral.

Prayers are being held daily starting at 6pm at the Mutuma’s residence: 17633 W 159th Terrace, Olathe, KS 66062. A GoFundMe account to help with the burial and travel for family members from Kenya has been set up at gofundme.com/tragic-accident-mishael-mutuma

The family, requests your prayers and support help to meet the financial need. Your generous contributions can be sent via cash app to:

Dorcas Mutuma – (913)710-9560 & Ronald Maroria – (316)990-5241.
Checks can be drawn to mom or dad: Daniel Mutuma or Loyce Siriba

Gofundme: *https://www.gofundme.com/tragic-accident-mishael-mutuma*
Friends and family are meeting daily at 6pm at their home for prayers and final arrangements.

Their address is:
17633 w. 159th ter. Olathe, Ks 66062
For more details and/or questions, please contact organizing committee chair James Ngugi – (913)378-7391 or co-chair Nemwel Osinde – (316)644-5043
There will be a memorial service/fundraiser on Sunday 9/16/2018 from 3 p.m. at:

READ ALSO:   Kenyan in Atlanta counts blessings, owns two successful businesses

New haven Church, address: 8714 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, Ks

 

-Mwakilishi.com

Continue Reading

Africa

VIDEO and PHOTOS: Why this Nyege Nyege festival is making heads turn

Published

on

Ever heard of The Nyege nyege Festival?

Nyege Nyege (the phrase means “the irresistible urge to dance” in the local Luganda language, and something a bit ruder in Swahili) takes place a couple of kilometres from Jinja, Uganda.

The annual event, which features music stars from all over Africa, was held from September 6, to September 8, at Nile Discovery Beach in Njeru Municipality.

The festival is run by a small band of European promoters who reside in Uganda and have a deep investment in the country and its musical and cultural development.

Earlier on, Museveni’s government had banned the festival over allegations that it promoted immorality.

The event was allowed to go on as from September 6 – September 8, after an agreement between the organisers, Talent Africa and the police.

 

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Booty Shots dominated the event with ladies exposing their things for all to see. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Drinks were supplied in plenty, everybody drunk what their pockets could afford. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

All sorts of dressing codes were shown off with ladies trying as much as possible to show at least some part of their body. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Those who attended had a rare opportunity to view all types of thighs in broad daylight. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Those who got tired sat comfortably on the ground as they shared their happiness with friends. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Had the government not lifted the ban on the event, we couldn’t have seen all these. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

The fat and the slim ones were readily available to enjoy the event. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Seems it was a conference of all Uganda’s most beautiful ladies. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

The brown skins were not left behind, they stood out to be counted. Photo: Facebook/ Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

The long haired ones also walked in style to show off what they got. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

She chose not to expose too much of her thighs, but still beautiful and stunning. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

Uganda ladies parade their assets in style at the 2018 Nyege Nyege festival

Team mafisi must have enjoyed in this festival, only to be limited by the depth of their pockets. Photo: Facebook / Alf Bakk Omugagga O’womwenda
Source: Facebook

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Hundreds of Kenyans, friends, mourn Mike Mulwa who was killed in robbery

 

Continue Reading
poapay3

Like us on Facebook, stay informed

NEWS TRENDING RIGHT NOW

2018 Calendar

August 2018
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
satellite-communication1.jpg

Trending