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Raila leaves for Duke University in US, set to meet Kenyans in N Carolina

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga left the country Saturday night for the United States. The plane carrying Mr Odinga is scheduled to land Sunday evening at Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina.

He is scheduled to meet Kenyans in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday night and deliver a speech at Duke University in Durham on Tuesday.

Speaking to Kenya Satellite News Network by phone, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader said he would be in the US for a total of four days and would leave Raleigh on Wednesday as he has another engagement in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“I won’t be in US for long this time around,” he said.

On Friday, Captain (Rtd) George Njue, who is the Chairman of the organizing Committee for the Monday evening event, told this reporter that Kenyans in North Carolina were eagerly waiting for the opposition leader.

“He has respectively agreed to spend the evening with us and we look forward to his arrival. We will be receiving him at the airport on Sunday night,” said Capt Njue.

Last month, Mr Odinga’s trip to North Carolina was called off due to hurricane Florence.

“The postponement is due to the extreme weather conditions building up in the US state of North Carolina,” his spokesman Dennis Onyango said in a statement.

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He had also been scheduled to give a lecture at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

On Saturday, Odinga left soon after attending the Mashujaa Day celebrations held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on a day that he was appointed Agfrican Uninion’s High Representative for Infrastructure Development.

Hon Raila Odinga with Mr Moussa Faki, the AU Commission chair at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa where they discussed the Africa 2063 agenda. PHOTO/COURTESY

According to Duke University, the theme of Mr Odinga’s speech, is;  “Africa: A Time for Sustained Optimism?”

The former Kenyan PM will be discussing ways in which the African Continent can continue striving to reach sustainable growth, among other things.

Mr Odinga will speak at 5:30pm at the Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly, Room 153.

Duke University is a private, non-profit, research university located in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892.

This is Odinga’s first trip to US since the much publicized “Handshake” between him and his hitherto nemesis, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Just like at home, getting passport for Kenyans abroad is a tough task

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Kenyans in diaspora note they are taking up to eight months to renew passport in an energy-sapping exercise

Like many Kenyans living abroad, Justin K Wangila in Tanzania was excited by the announcement in Nairobi in 2017 that the government would start issuing “new generation” passports.

“This was a dream come true because, for a long time, most of us Kenyans living in other countries, especially those in East Africa, had yearned for an East African Community passport … we were in a hurry to apply,” said Mr Wangila in an interview with the Sunday Nation. Mr Wangila was told the application process started online after one opened an account on the internet portal e-Citizen.

“That is where problems start. I wasn’t applying for a passport for the first time. I was renewing one. But this process makes you start from scratch because, like in my case, they had none of my records,” he said.

He needed several documents, such as his national identity (ID) number, his personal identification number (PIN) and his parents’ ID numbers.

“I got stuck because I did not have my late father’s ID. In its absence, the process required the number on the death certificate. My father died a long time ago and I wasn’t even sure a death certificate had been issued. I was forced to take some days off from work to travel home to try and find my father’s death certificate,” he added.

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Kenyan woman battling cancer in US appeals for help as doctors say she has a few days to live

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

A US-based Kenyan woman has touched the hearts of many with her story. Zipporah Kamau who was diagnosed with one of the most devastating forms of cancer last year and has been going through Chemotherapy in Seattle, Washington, says the doctors recently told her that she had only three days to live.

Her story is heartbreaking to say the least. In a tragic twist of fate, soon after she arrived in the US in November 2017, her son was struck by a car and died in Nairobi.

When she and her then husband attended the funeral, he passport got lost and she was forced to apply for travel documents to get back to the US.

She stayed in Atlanta, Georgia, for a while before relocating to Seattle to live with her friend, only identified as Beth. It was then that she got sick and was diagnosed with Lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer that begins in infection-fighting cells of the immune system, called lymphocytes. Now the doctors tell her that she may need to go through dialysis as her kidneys are failing.

“I have gone through 9 rounds of Chemo and now they have told me that I have to start another round of palliative chemotherapy but I don’t think I can do it any more. My body is totally ruined by the previous round of Chemo,” she tells Jeremy Damaris of Kikuyu Diaspora TV in an interview.

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“They recently said I had only three days to live and that my kidneys are affected..but I know I can live longer than that in Jesus mighty name,” she adds.

Zipporah Kamau (Right) pictured here at an event in Kenya in 2016. PHOTO/BMJ MURIITHI

Looking emaciated and weak, she appeals to well wishers to come to her aid and help her to at least pay her house rent which has accumulated to over $4,000 as she has not done so since June last year.

“I live with a friend where I am supposed to pay $600 a month but because of my condition, I have’t been able to meet my end of the bargain for the last six months. My roommate is a very nice lady but she can only do so much,” says Zipporah as she fights off tears.

Zipporah Kamau during the interview. PHOTO/SCREEN GRAB

During the interview, she sends a message to her children back in Kenya. “Whatever happens, just know that I love you all very much,” she says, after calling each of them by name. She wishes she could pay fees for her children who are in college. “I hope to see you some day when I get stronger,” she tells them.

Photos taken in 2016 show a healthy looking  and bubbly woman compared to the recent pictures which depict a pale shadow of her former self. You may send your donation via CASHAPP.  The number is +1 253 499 3845 (Zipporah Kamau) or via MPESA at +254 718 504 548 (Jeremy Wambui)

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To get the full story, Watch the video below [in Gikuyu] courtesy of KDTV:

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VIDEO: Kenyan-born Gospel Musician set to launch new DVD/CD in US

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Renowned Dallas-based gospel arstiste, Lizz Ndung’u MD is set launch her latest album in Texas this coming weekend (Sunday February 24th, 2019) at Rhema Gospel Church: 2700 Warren Circle, Irving, Texas 76502 at 2:30 PM. 

The forthcoming album is titled “Ndimuirigire”  ( I am guarded) which talks about how God  protects His people by surrounding them with a divine hedge of fire.

Besides being a singer, the former Atlanta resident is also a song writer whose star has continued to rise since she launched her first CD six years ago.

Her first album titled  “kirigiriro” (Hope) was released in 2013 while the second album entitled “Ngai ndarikitie nawe” (God id not done with you yet) was launched in 2016.

“I consider it  a huge blessing to introduce an additional name in my third album, ‘MD’ which stands for my husband. My previous albums only bore my first two names, Lizz Ndung’u, but I have since gotten married and I thank God greatly for that,” said Lizz in a Press Statement sent to KSN this week.

The event, which will be presided over by Rev. Dr.  Solomon Waigwa will be graced by a retinue of fellow gospel artistes with popular Diaspora media personality Jeremy Damaris as the Master of Ceremonies (MC).

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Lizz says the new album has already  powerfully ministered to her personally even as she looks forward to the launch. “God has been truly gracious to me and my family,” she says.

Her music is in both Kikuyu and Kiswahili and most of it is about giving hope and encouraging people to have courage as they face the challenges of life.

She says this new release will touch many in a myriad ways besides being a blessing to those who will watch or listen to it.

Lizz can be reached through her facebook  profile: @ Lizz ndungu. Her music Facebook  page  is @Lizznproductions while her email address is endungu95@gmail.com.

She and her husband Davis MD Maina  can also be reached via her phone number –404 751-6781

They welcome all friends and well wishers to Sunday’s event.

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