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Nairobi preacher repairs road after  government fails to act

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Pastor Godfrey Migwi who ministers at of House of Hope in Kayole has decided to act on his own and rehabilitate a public road using his own money.

The preacher has made a name for himself on social media for critiquing the government. Migwi recently called on president Uhuru Kenyatta to desist from taking Chinese loans.

Pastor Migwi has now decided to rehabilitate a public road after he got  tired of calling on the county government to fix roads around his neighborhood in Nairobi.

The city preacher has been imploring the county government to fix poor roads but since his calls fell on deaf ears he decided to dig deep into his own pockets to fix the roads himself.

Pastor Godfrey Migwi stands next to a heavy construction vehicle that was fixing a public road he paid for with his own money

Making our Home area a better place bila CDF ama msaada wa serikali for the glory of God, msaada wangu watoka kwa Yesu. You can use what you’ve to make your neighbours happy. Change starts with you. One step at a time. You can’t lead people with a greedy heart,” wrote Pastor Godfrey Migwi on Facebook.

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BREAKING: Canadian Parliament announces immediate plans to welcome over 1M immigrants

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This is not fake news.  Don’t let Donald Trump’s Immigration Policies dampen your mood. Remember when you said you wanted to move to Canada? Now is a good time to start packing your bags. This is the year to do it.

CNN is reporting that the Canadian Parliament has announced plans to add more than one million new permanent residents in the next three years. That’s nearly one percent of the country’s population each year.
Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in 2017 and projects that number could reach 350,000 this year.
And 360,000 in 2020.
And 370,000 in 2021.
That’s a lot of immigrants, eh?
Hussen, himself an immigrant from Somalia, said the influx will help offset Canada’s aging population and declining birth rate while growing its labor force.

The report includes an immigration plan for 2019 to 2021, which targets to admit about 330,800 immigrants in 2019; 341,000 in 2020; and 350,000 in 2021.

“Under this plan, Canada will welcome more talented workers with the skills and expertise our economy needs, reunite more family members and accommodate more refugees looking to start new lives,” the report says.

Immigration accounted for 80 percent of Canadian population growth between 2017 and 2018, according to the report, and about one in five Canadians are immigrants.

Trump’s Defining Moment for the Wall

Hussen, who immigrated to Canada from Somalia in the 1990s, noted in his message that immigrants entering Canada’s labor force will help offset the country’s new challenges of “an aging population and declining birth rate.”

The number of forcibly displaced people reached 68.5 million as of 2017, according to the United Nations Refugee Agency. Canada’s welcoming attitude toward immigrants, especially refugees in need of resettlement, comes as other countries – including the United States – are enforcing a tougher stance.

Canada’s friendly stance towards new residents comes as many other Western nations, including the United States, are adopting more restrictive immigration policies.

Fiery Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna is also a Canadian Citizen. File Photo.

According to CNN, Canada is especially dedicated to offering protection to refugees. The United Nations Refugee Agency reported unprecedented levels of refugees in 2017, with the number of forcibly displaced people reaching 68.5 million.
IRCC has pledged $5.6 million to support global resettlement initiatives.
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Intrigue of Kenyan woman who “couldn’t explain how she acquired British Passport”

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Was the woman arrested by immigration officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport the owner of the travel documents she intended to use to fly to Britain?

This is the predicament in which Ms Keziah Syombua has found herself.

INTERROGATION

According to her lawyers, Mr Evans Ogada and Mr Kieme Gicheru, Ms Syombua wanted to travel to Britain after visiting friends in Kenya. Her mother, Ms Susan Mtamliza, a Rwandan, had relocated to Britain after their Kenyan father died when they were young.

But the immigration officers claimed that on interrogation, she could not explain how she acquired the British passport.

STATEMENT

“I interviewed the lady and when asked how old she was, she could not remember, and when asked how she came to Kenya, she could not remember,” reads a statement from the immigration office.

She was charged with having a passport issued to another person, contrary to the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act (KCIA).

The prosecution claims that on July 26, at JKIA, Ms Syombua, a Kenyan, was found with a British passport issued to one Keziah Syombua as she was about to leave for London aboard Kenya Airways flight KQ 100, using the said passport.

REINSTATEMENT

Ms Syombua has been in and out of Langata Women’s Prison, Nairobi, following cancellation and reinstatement of her bail. On October 15 last year, the court once again reinstated her bail, and she is currently free. She is being tried on allegations of being an imposter.

However, her lawyers have a different account and accuse the immigration officers of violating her rights by arresting her when they know she also had documents showing she was mentally sick.

PHOTOGRAPHS

In clarifying why she was unable to explain herself to the immigration officers, lawyer Ogada, in court papers, says: “The accused, Keziah Syombua, suffers from mental health problems that affect her communication and memory.”

Her case had been made worse when the British High Commission in Nairobi, in response to an inquiry by the Immigration Department, wrote on July 30, saying that on the basis of the photographs, the person is an imposter.

DIFFERENT

The High Commission also requested that the passport be returned to it once the investigations were completed.

Interestingly, another inquiry made by lawyers Ogada and Gicheru, with the assistance of Ms Syombua’s mother, who lives in Milton Keynes, UK, had a different result.

AUTHENCITY

Upon writing a letter to the passport issuing authority in the UK on August 31, Her Majesty Passport Office has duly confirmed that the passport was issued to one Keziah Syombua.

Given that the two inquiries got different results regarding the identity of a British national, lawyer Ogada argues, establishing the authenticity of identity, which is both factual and legal, can be done only in a British court.

“A Kenyan court cannot sit in determination of the identity of the passport holder absent of a valid warrant issued by British authorities,” he says in court papers.

SPECIALISED

Further, he says Ms Syombua suffers from demonstrable mental health problems and is in need of specialised medical care, which attention she solely lacks in Kenya and the said medical care she obtains from her regular and dedicated doctor.

“The attention is not available to Ms Syombua due to her inability to travel back home. She also stands to fall behind with her studies at the London Metropolitan University, where she is a continuing student,” said Mr Ogada.

IMMIGRATION

But Immigration Prosecutor Isaac Mwashighadi maintains that the case involves a Kenyan who had attempted to leave the country using another person’s passport.

“She had presented to Immigration Officers at the JKIA a British passport bearing the names Keziah Syombua as her own passport in order to be cleared to depart aboard Kenya Airways Flight KQ 100. The immigration officers realised that the British passport did not belong to her,” Mr Mwashighadi states in court papers.

ASSESSMENT

He adds that the documents confirming the accused’s psychological illness should have been served and presented during plea taking, not after the plea had been taken.

“The prosecution shall categorically consider a comprehensive mental status assessment report from an accredited public health facility and by a competent psychiatrist, not mere handwritten prescriptions and consultation notes from unrecognised physician clinics,” Mr Mwashighadi says.

PROSECUTION

Most of the issues raised by Ms Syombua’s lawyers can only be handled after the witnesses have testified and evidence produced during prosecution. This includes the jurisdiction of the Kenyan court to handle the matter, and arresting her without an arrest warrant.

The KCIA empowers immigration officers to arrest and search suspects without a warrant. The offence in question was committed on Kenyan soil, therefore, any gazetted Kenyan court has the power, jurisdiction and capability to handle all criminal matters, unless the court recuses itself on very compelling and factual grounds.

VERIFICATION

“The honourable court handling this matter is actually over-competent and capable of handling this matter at any level, considering the offence was committed on Kenyan soil,” says Mr Mwashighadi. All genuine verification reports from high commissions and embassies based in Kenya are admissible in court without verification from the issuing country.

The prosecution has further stated that the issues raised by the accused’s lawyers address the plight of a genuine British passport holder, yet this particular matter involves a Kenyan.

The case will be heard on November 6.

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Sports CS on the spot over allegations of permits issued to Pakistani dancers held in a safe house

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A magistrate has ordered eight girls from Pakistan flown into the country as cultural dancers be kept in a safe house to enable police establish whether they are victims of human trafficking.

Senior Principal Magistrate Kennedy Cheruiyot sitting at Milimani law courts gave the order after being furnished with special permits issued to the eight foreign girls by Culture Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

Defence lawyer Evans Ondieki told Mr Cheruiyot that the eight girls, who were arrested at Balle Balle Club at Parklands, “ are in the country legally with full permission of CS Echesa.”

Mr Ondieki said the cultural dancers were allowed to enter into the country by Mr Echesa to promote trans-national cultures.

The lawyer pleaded with the magistrate to release the girls to be detained in a safe house where police can access them whenever they want as they investigate the owner of Balle Balle Club, who flew them into Kenya.

“On humanitarian grounds, I urge this court to release these girls as they have not bathed for the last one week, health rules require women to fresh up and bath as many times as they can afford,” Mr Ondieki told the magistrate.

He said it was regretful that police are stifling Mr Echesa’s order that allowed the girls to perform in Kenya up to January 18, 2019.

He said each of the girls paid the Immigration Department Sh45,000 to be issued with the special passes.

“What government are the police serving and what government is Mr Echesa serving. Aren’t they serving the same regime?” Mr Ondieki wondered.

He prevailed upon the court to release the girls to Mr Nadeem Khan of Blue Heart, a non-governmental organisation against Human trafficking, Violence and Child Abuse, to place them in a safe house where “only him and police can access them for interrogation.”

Court appearance

Although their release had been opposed vehemently by State prosecutor Annette Wangia, the magistrate released the girls, who are suspected to be victims of human trafficking, to Mr Khan on humanitarian grounds with orders that only police from the trans-national crimes desk can access them.

The magistrate directed them to appear in court on January 8, 2019 when the proprietor of Bella Bella Club, Mr Safendra Kumar Sonwani, and his manager Mr Mika Osichiro will be arraigned for prosecution of human trafficking.

Mr Sonwani and Mr Osichiro were detained on Monday for interrogation for “irregularly trafficking into the country the said eight girls”.

Mr Ondieki has asked the court to disregard police fears, saying CS Echesa has allowed cultural promotions, which is permitted in the Constitution.

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