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‘Secret’ Uhuru, Raila China visits worry Kenyans

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President Uhuru Kenyatta this week returned from his fourth visit to China as quietly as he had left, without the usual razzmatazz that characterised previous tours. His departure was not announced on the official State House communications channels as had been the practice before, when pictures of him being seen off by government officials would be splashed before he took his flight.

Instead, in what is seen as a shifting communication strategy around the President’s official visits abroad, State House, which now has a new communications team, chose to only give updates on his engagements abroad after his arrival. The first update was on November 4 when he was meeting his host, President Xi Jinping. His return was also not announced.

The next update was on November 8, when he had already arrived and was in Eldoret to officiate the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) recruits’ passing out parade. President Kenyatta has been to China twice in the last three months. Since he was elected as President, he has visited China at least four times, making the country his most visited nation as head of state.

It is not just the President who has been visiting China. Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka have also recently been to China in what is understood as part of the plan by China to insulate itself against rising political temperatures. China wants both the government and opposition to read from the same script. Raila did not give details about his October visit.

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His spokesman issued a statement on October 13 announcing his departure, but also unlike previous announcements where he would give details of what his boss was up to during foreign visits, he chose to keep the details secret. Your opinion is valuable. Take this quick survey to help us improve the website and content Raila came back via Addis Ababa where he accepted appointment as special representative of African Union on infrastructure and development, a role China is deeply involved in.

On his part, Kalonzo, who was the second in command in the opposition alliance, accompanied President Kenyatta during his September visit for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Kalonzo was booked in the same hotel with the President, in what kept many people guessing on what role an opposition leader was going to do at the two-day summit. But no one has accepted to give any comment on the record on what his foreign engagement with china was all about.

China has been facing criticism in the recent past for using debt to control African nations, however it has challenged this narrative on grounds that it was being funded by the west which has been losing its clout on the continent. Social media has also been getting brutal on the President every time he has announced any visits to China. This perhaps explains why his communications team is changing strategy to focus his messaging on investment deals struck and is keeping off the controversial issue of debt.

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An official at the Chinese Embassy said his government is committed to having a long-term relationship with Kenya, but was concerned by negative political and media reports that are threatening this relationship. During his latest visit, the head of state said he was in Chinafollowing an invite from president Xi to attend the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE).

Besides other bilateral meetings, President Uhuru Kenyatta came back having signed a number of investment deals, among them with Guangdong Silk-Tex Group, the world’s largest producer of silk, to set up in Kenya. The deal will see the company set up a silk processing factory at the Export Processing Zone in Athi River but will also establish a silk farm. The firm will establish a cocoon farm on 8,237 acres of land and is expected to create over 300,000 jobs for Kenyans.  “In another sitting, President Kenyatta met officials of Cherami China-Africa Investment Management, a firm that plans to construct a cancer treatment centre in Kenya, in partnership with the University of Nairobi,” State House said.

Another deal inked was the agreement on food, plant and animal safety – known as sanitary and phytosanitary measures, which clears the way for Kenya to start exporting a selection of fruits and vegetables, flowers and meat to China.  Trade between Kenya and China remains tilted in China’sfavour and the deals are expected to try to change this, albeit in a small way.

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China is now Kenya’s biggest trading partner and it accounts for 17 per cent of its annual trade by value or more than Sh400 billion. But it is China that has been the one doing most of the taking. Feasibility study Last month, the President was also in Beijing to attend the 7th FOCAC summit.

He was also supposed to use the September visit to sign financing for the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). But the deal fell through after China asked Kenya to do a feasibility study. Before this visit, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia had spoken as if it had been a done deal, that Kenya was going to sign the $3.8 billion (Sh380 billion) financing deal with Beijing to extend the SGR between Naivasha and Kisumu.

It is still a puzzle how Kenya was seeking the project funded without the completion of the feasibility study. An official at the Chinese Embassy says part of the main reason why China went slow on the project was due to the negative media reports from Kenya, rising debt concerns as well as rising hostilities between the two nations.
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Important announcement to 2019 DV winners: You have until Sep 30th to secure an interview

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Individuals who  participated in the Diversity Visa program for fiscal year 2019 (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, have until September 30, 2019 to have checked whether they won and secured a visa.

The State Department says anyone who won the lottery but will not have secured a visa by the September 30 will forfeit their chance of a Diversity Visa for fiscal year 2019. The Entrant Status check online portal for DV-2019 will also close on that date.

To check if you won, have the entrant’s confirmation number, last name, and year of birth and click on this link.

DV-2019 applies to individuals who submitted their information on the State Department website during the DV-2017 open registration period which ran between October 3rd, 2017 and November 7th, 2017.

Administered by the Department of State, the Diversity Visa program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas/green cards available to nationals of countries with low rates of immigration into the US. Millions of foreign nationals participate in the program each year.

SOURCE: –Mwakilishi.com

 

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Announcement to DV-2019 Winners: You have until September 30th to secure a Green Card Interview and Visa

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Individuals who  participated in the Diversity Visa program for fiscal year 2019 (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, have until September 30, 2019 to have checked whether they won and secured a visa.

The State Department says anyone who won the lottery but will not have secured a visa by the September 30 will forfeit their chance of a Diversity Visa for fiscal year 2019. The Entrant Status check online portal for DV-2019 will also close on that date.

To check if you won, have the entrant’s confirmation number, last name, and year of birth and click on this link.

DV-2019 applies to individuals who submitted their information on the State Department website during the DV-2017 open registration period which ran between October 3rd, 2017 and November 7th, 2017.

Administered by the Department of State, the Diversity Visa program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas/green cards available to nationals of countries with low rates of immigration into the US. Millions of foreign nationals participate in the program each year.

SOURCE: –Mwakilishi.com

 

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Man accuses pastor of eloping with his wife

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A businessman from Juja Farm, KiambuCounty, has accused a pastor who presided over his wedding of eloping with his wife of 26 years.

Mr John Kanyua, a father of five, alleged the pastor supported them and even signed their marriage certificate.

Mr Kanyua claimed the pastor’s relationship with his wife started when his wife was appointed an assistant pastor of a church in Juja Farm.

“I objected Mr Kanyua’s appointment as an assistant pastor, but he (my husband) was determined to have his way. I confronted Mr Kanyua’s wife and threatened her not to play games with my husband,” said the pastor’s wife of 34 years.

The pastor’s wife says her husband soon began to invite Mrs Kanyua for family dinner.

“I confronted Mr Kanyua and asked him to keep his wife away from my husband, the two later eloped in 2015,” she added.

Mr Kanyua alleges that bishop would visit his house in the morning and spend the entire day locked with his wife in the house until he sought the intervention of the local administration and the church.

“The pastor later eloped with my wife and children and rented a house at a nearby market,” Mr Kanyua said.

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Mr Kanyua alleges his parents-in-law have since asked him to accept a compensation of the dowry he paid to pave way for their daughter’s new wedding.

He alleges the pastor has informed his children of his intention to marry another wife after separating with their mother.

Mr Kanyua says he still pays school fees for his children and sends them foodstuffs.

“I won’t sit back and watch another man take away my family, I will not allow the wedding to continue,” said Mr Kanyua adding that he is ready to forgiver his wife.

The pastor’s wife says she still does not understand why her husband turned against her.

“We have passed through a lot when we started the church, I won’t allow him to marry a stranger,” she said.

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