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Were it not for Ruto, I would be hawking bedsheets- Senator Millicent Omanga

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Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga, 36, revealed that she owes her success in life to Deputy President William Ruto, who lifted her from ‘hawking’ and made her a public figure.

Omanga said her appointment as a director of the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) after Jubilee took over in 2013, was organised by Ruto.

The voluptuous senator said she was summoned by then Energy Cabinet secretary Davis Chirchir to his office and in one hour flat, she had become a company director.

“When CS Chirchir called and asked if I was in Nairobi before directing me to rush to his office, I wondered what I had done. I got to his office and he informed me that the following day, KenGen would be holding its annual general meeting and that I had been nominated as one of the directors. I could not believe it,” she revealed.

Speaking during an end-of-year-party for Pitchface, a marketing company owned by South Mugirango MP Sylvanus Osoro, Omanga said she was not shy to say that William Ruto was behind her success.

“This is one man who believes in the leadership of the youth,” she added.

Omanga said the call that changed her life came when she was haggling over the price of 30 bedsheets at a shop in town, with the hope of reselling them at a profit.

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“I was bargaining with the Asian shopkeeper for a good price that could ensure I got a profit when I resold the sheets later,” she told the gathering.

But even with her appointment to the KenGen board, Omanga remained a relatively unknown figure, until she began associating with a coterie of young politicians supporting Jubilee, President Uhuru and Ruto in the run-up to the 2017 General Election.

Given the common ethnic profiling in Kenyan politics, someone with a surname beginning with the letter ‘O’ is often assumed and expected to support Raila Odinga and the ODM party.

That she was supporting ‘the other side’ generated a lot of unflattering chatter on social media from opposition supporters.

When she threw her hat in the ring for the Nairobi Woman Rep contest, observers complained that she was part of a trend in which women joined politics, without any substance, and only rode on being a msupuu, a ‘culture’ they argued was demeaning to women and cheapening leadership to a beauty contest.

That was a reaction to slogans like Manzi wa Nairobi that had become common during the campaigns. Omanga’s campaign slogan was “Msupaa na works”.

Lady Luck stuck with her even after a thorough thrashing by Esther Pasaris for the Nairobi Woman Rep seat. Ruto, once again, was the knight in shining armour who swooped in to rescue the damsel in distress.

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“I ran for the Nairobi Woman Rep seat, but I did not make it. But that one man believed in my potential. If it were not for William Ruto, I would not be a senator today. He believes in empowering young people. He believes in empowerment of women,” she told the gathering.

She added: “Today, I am also a CEO of a big, nationwide company. I love read Psalms 35:4-6 because of the comforting word and prayer: ‘May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the Lord driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.’”

Omanga chaired Ruto’s UDM party (later URP) party, before the merger with Uhuru’s TNA party to form the Jubilee coalition. She is also founder and CEO of Milways Enterprises, a company dealing in construction, interior décor and import of furniture.

In her short stint as senator, Omanga came out as a controversial politician who is not shy to engage in verbal brawls in defense of her party.

At the beginning of 2018, when the country was locked in incendiary politics following the 2017 poll, she threatened to circumcise Embakasi East MP Babu Owino for making insulting remarks directed at a senior member of President Uhuru’s family.

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In July, she drew the ire of Kenyans when she flew to Russia with other MPs to “benchmark” the World Cup and was photographed with a ball while draped in the colours of the Croatian national football team.

But Omanga defended herself, saying she was not spending taxpayers’ money, but on the contrary, she had saved for the trip. ?

“I am in Russia through personal sponsorship. I love football and have been going for World Cup matches since 2002 when I was 20 years, when it was held in Japan,” she stated.

According to mzalendo.com, Omanga has spoken 20 times in the Senate.

 

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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.

by nation.co.ke

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Immigration Advice: How to Avoid Losing Your Green Card Or Becoming Ineligible for Naturalization

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Each year, about one million people receive US permanent resident status, also known as green cards. Lawful US permanent resident status gives an individual the right to live and work permanently in the United States.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) however says this right is only provided on condition that the green card holder does not commit any actions that would make them removable from the country under immigration law.

Failure to follow some guidelines could make green card holders be at risk of deportation, or make them ineligible for US citizenship.

USCIS and Immigration law experts provide some guidelines on how to maintain permanent resident status:

  • Maintain permanent residence in the US. The US government will find you to have abandoned your permanent resident status if you remain outside the US for a period of more than one year. If you intend to be out of the country for more than one year as a green card holder, USCIS and immigration experts advice you to first obtain a re-entry permit before leaving the US.
  • Do not commit crime. In addition to penalties you will face for committing crime, USCIS says those offenses are also considered immigration violations. Permanent residents who commit serious crimes such as murder, rape, sexual assault on minors, fraud, terrorist activities, drugs and people trafficking, could lose their lawful permanent resident status and also become ineligible for naturalization in the future.
  • Always file taxes, and make sure to file the US resident tax return (Federal Form 1040). This applies even if all your income was earned outside the US.
  • Never claim to be a US citizen when you are not, whether verbally or in writing. Immigrants are especially warned that claiming to be a citizen to a law enforcement officer is considered a serious crime and could make you deported if found guilty, or make you ineligible for naturalization.
  • Permanent residents are warned to never vote in national, state or local elections that require voters to be US citizens. There are criminal penalties for illegal voting. Such voting could also lead to the loss of your green card.
  • Do not be a habitual drunkard. A permanent resident who is deemed to be drunk or uses illegal drugs most of the time is ineligible to become a US citizen.
  • Failing to support your family or pay child or spousal support could make permanent residents lose their green cards or ineligible for naturalization.
  • Males between the ages of 18 and 25 are required by US law to register for the Selective Service.
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SOURCE: –mwakilishi.com

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Safaricom achieves 50pc female employees target

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Safaricom says it has achieved 50 percent share of female employees on its payroll, coming amid an increase in the number of direct and indirect jobs it sustained in the last financial year growing nine percent to 979,000.

This is according to the telco’s 2019 Sustainable Business Report released on Thursday in which the firm also announced a plan to plant five million trees in the next five years as part of a carbon offset programme.

“We have achieved a 50:50 gender balance among our employees and 34 percent of senior management are women. In addition, 2.1 percent of our staff are persons living with disabilities,” the report notes.

In the year under review, the firm says 178 women-owned businesses were pre-qualified under its Women in Business initiative.

The firm supports 167,083 M-Pesa agents, 433 dealers, 1,138 suppliers, 4,503 permanent employees as well as other stakeholders.

The company had a staff headcount of 6,323 (permanent and contract staff) as at March 2019, an increase from 6,130 in 2018.

The latest Sustainable Business Report also notes that the telco disciplined 78 staff in the last financial year, even as an earlier released annual report had indicated that Safaricom fired 31 employees in the year ended March 2019 over fraud.

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“We consistently review our compliance with regulatory obligations, particularly those surrounding fraud, corruption and anti-money laundering legislation,” the report adds.

by nation.co.ke

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