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Amb Githae stops controversial ID issuance exercise in US Cities, says no E-passports at Embassy

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s ambassador to the United States, Robinson Njeru Githae, he halted the controversial ID issuance outreach program after a section of Kenyans in the US complained that the exercise was marred by corruption.

In September this year, a widely circulated social media post touched off a heated debate among Kenyan diaspora.

‘SH15,000’

The anonymous author of the post put Mr Githae at the centre of the alleged scandal, claiming he was abetting corruption at the embassy.

Through his handlers, the author claimed, Mr Githae was charging $150 (about Sh15,000) instead of the official fee of $45 (about Sh4,500) for an identity card. Kenyans living in Kansas, the author added, are required to raise at least Sh1.6 million for the embassy staff to travel to the city to issue the vital documents on October 6 and 7.

The envoy however denied the corruption claims terming them “baseless and meant to besmirch the good reputation of the embassy.”

“The information circulating around on social media has no basis in facts,” he was quoted as saying.

But on Thursday, Amb Githae said: “Because of the negative comments made over the exercise, the IDs will now only be issued at the embassy in Washington DC.”

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Meanwhile, Mr Githae has told Kenyans applying for new Passports that, contrary to popular belief, the e-passports are not being processed and that anyone who applies at the embassy will still get the old document which will need to be renewed come October 2019.

The envoy was speaking in New York Thursday during a Brand-Kenya event.

“We don’t process any passports in Washington an the e-passport machine has not arrived yet,” he said.

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This is in contrast to regular statements attributed to interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, painting an-all-is-well picture of the passport issuance process.

The Kenyan Embassy on R Street in Washington DC, USA. Former Finance Minister Njeru Githae is the Kenyan Ambassador to the US. PHOTO | BMJ MURIITHI

The directive to roll out the issuance of the EAC e-passport was launched during the 17th EAC Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State held in Arusha Tanzania on March 2, 2016.

Ideally, were Kenya to roll out the new document as earlier projected, it would become the second EAC State to launch the e-passport after Burundi.

Currently, applications for e-passports can be done online through the e-citizen platform but the applicants will be required to present themselves in person for biometric capture at the passport issuing offices in  Nairobi.

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Victoria Kimani: I’m still single

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Just so you know, singer Victoria Kimani is still single and thinks dating life is horrible.

Speaking while she appeared on the We Are One Africa Show, Victoria said she has been single for the longest and hasn’t even been asked out by a man for a while now.

“The last time I went out on a date was September last year.” She revealed.

The 34-year-old noted that she doesn’t think she is ready to date again at least not at the moment.

“Dating life is horrible. I don’t know why I’m talking crap as if I’m dating. I’m not dating anybody”. She added.

The last time she was in a relationship was three years ago.

The sexy singer dated hunk Nigerian Stanley Obiamalu, a video producer and director who at the time was understood to be residing in South Africa.

They broke up in June 2017 and ever since Victoria has on several occasions been quoted saying she is still single.

Despite still being single, April last year in an interview with K24, Kimani opened up on her desire to get married and have children in the future.

Victoria, however, noted she was willing to wait for as long as it takes until the right man comes along because she is “tired of falling in love with bad boys”.

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SAD: Kenyan man, James Njuguna Kimani (Giant), dies in grisly road accident

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It is with deep sorrow, and acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of James Njuguna Kimani (Giant) on Sunday, June 28th, 2020 that occurred in Nairobi, Kenya after a tragic road accident.

He is husband to Margaret Wanjiku Njuguna of Nairobi Kenya, father to Ben Gichuhi and Peter Kimani.

He is brother to Irene Wanjiru Toomer, Liz Muthemba and the Late Jane Njeri Muthemba of Baltimore, MD. Brother-in-law to John Waithaka and Dorothy Mugeshi of Baltimore, MD.

Cousin to Carol Muthoni Githua, George Githua, Mary Muthoni, Caroline Muthoni of Baltimore, MD and Racheal Wanjiku, Esther & Paul Kamaru, Pauline Njuku, Shiro Njuku, Beatrice Wairimu all of TX, Lydia & Joe Mathu, George Njuku of Canada and Lillian Muthoni Njuku of UK.

Uncle to Gloria & Moses Kuna, Hellen & Kimathi Njuguna, James & Imna Muriithi, Peter & Akira Muriithi, David Muriithi and many more nieces and nephews.

The proposed date for the funeral is Thur, July 2, 2020 at the family farm in Wangige Lower Kabete at 10AM. Memorial service zoom information will follow.

Your prayers for the family during this difficult time is highly appreciated.

For questions and gifts, contact.

  • Irene Toomer: Cashapp:$IToomer 4436258006 Zelle: 443-625-8006
  • Liz Muthemba: Cashapp: $lizmuthemba 4436802517
  • John Waithaka: 443-851-7830
  • Carol Muthoni: 443-939-0101
  • Gloria Kuna: 410-371-9996
  • Pastor Mugweh: 410-236-5401

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Full list of journalists fired from NTV Kenya

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News emerging from Nation Centre indicates that some of the country’s top journalistic talents have been fired.

A list exclusively seen by Pulselive.co.ke showed eight renowned reporters and anchors whose terminations took effect on Friday July 3, 2020.

Among those fired are Brenda Wanga (news reporter), anchor Debarl Inea, Sharon Baranga (reporter) and Shaban Ulaya (sports reporter)who have been with the media house for years

Others on the list are Harith Salim (swahili anchor), Lillian Kiarie (business reporter), Silas Apollo (news reporter) and Ken Mijungu who had confirmed his departure from NTV earlier in the day.

Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV
Journalists (from L to R) Harith Salim, Lillian Kiarie, Silas Apollo and Shaban Ulaya who have been fired from NTV

NMG CEO’s message

A memo by the Nation Media Group’s CEO Stephen Gitagama earlier in the week had outlined that the media company is keen to retain only those with the relevant skills and expertise.

“The Group seeks to radically change its business model from print advertising and physical reader copy to digital advertising, ePaper subscription and content-driven reader revenue with the objective of establishing leadership in the mobile publishing landscape in Africa while exploring other new revenue streams in the experiential and technology space.

“This will require retooling and resourcing the Group with relevant skill sets critical for success in the new business environment. Regrettably this will result in reduction of our workforce effective Friday July 3, 2020,” the memo read in part.

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