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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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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.

PHOTO COURTESY: PSCU

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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;
Salome Kimani……..9783284492
Geoffrey Gitua ……..9783282092
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!!

SOURCE: Samrack.com

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