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Activists want suspected American child molester on the run charged

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A crime story published in a little-known website in the US state of Pennsylvania has stirred a campaign to have a suspected sex pest and his wife extradited to face justice in Kenya.

According to Lancaster Online, an American couple proclaiming themselves as missionaries packed their belongings in 2008 and travelled to Kenya to establish a children’s home.

Gregory Dow and his wife Mary Rose, who had sold their farm in East Hempfield Township, Pennsylvania, pitched their wagons on a 1.2-acre piece of land in Boito, Bomet County, where they started the Dow Family Children’s Home.

On its website and fundraising promotional materials, the children’s home is described as refuge for orphaned and abandoned children. By 2015, more than 79 children called the place home.

But in 2017, Mr Dow fled Kenya never to come back after an arrest warrant was issued against him over claims he was sexually assaulting children under his care.

According to the Lancaster Online, before his travel to Kenya, Mr Dow had been convicted for sex-related crimes in the US and had actually served time.

“It’s this history that makes me very sceptical about claims that the charges in Kenya were trumped-up and that the Dows are innocent. It’s a story that has bothered me and if there’s any way to uncover the truth, then please share with me what you find,” Ms Lindsey Blest, the author of the story, said when the Sunday Nation spoke to her on the phone.

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After Mr Dow left the country, his wife tried to flee in September 2017 but was arrested by the police. She was charged with cruelty to children by, among other things, having girls implanted with birth control devices.

According to police records, she was released on bond on September 16, 2017. She later fled the country leaving the orphanage behind. However, back at their Lancaster home, the couple maintains their innocence and instead blame their neighbours at their Boito home for “turning against them”.

The orphanage they built is now deserted with the children already moved to other homes. The website they had started to help them in sharing information about the orphanage cannot be traced online.

Mr Dow has since gone into hiding. The Sunday Nation camped outside a house believed to be their home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but there was no indication that somebody lived there. But the Lancaster Online reporter who spoke to the Sunday Nation said Mr Dow had told her in a phone interview that the man who sold them the 1.2-acre piece of land came up with a scheme to get the property back.

“They got a few ‘rebellious’ teenage girls to lie,” he said. “It’s sad to say we live in a society where people are guilty until proven innocent.”

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But Kenyans in the US don’t seem to have bought this line. Ms Lilly Richards, the founder of Kenya Women in the US, an online social group, went on Facebook asking for the Dows to be extradited. “Share the link and spread the word. Let’s get justice for these children.”

Many Kenyans living in the US expressed outrage that Mr Dow had escaped minutes before his arrest. His children apparently also managed to get out of the country. Even though his wife was later arrested, she eventually escaped.

Kenyan-born Anthony Kamau of Wilmington, Delaware, said there was a need to pursue justice for the alleged victims.

Janice Jenkins, an American citizen who knew the Dows and their previous case in Iowa, takes issue with the church that encouraged them to go to Kenya to work with children despite a questionable past.

“They fundraised for them to go to Africa knowing well that Dow was a registered sex offender. This is like putting a child in a candy store. I spoke with Doug Lamb before Greg and Mary Rose went to Kenya. Doug dismissed me as if I was trying to cause trouble,” she said. “Why would he as a pastor encourage them to go, gather support for them, support them financially?”

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Ms Jenkins said she is willing to assist the Kenyan authorities in the investigation. “I want the children in Kenya to know we believe them; we are praying for them. We will stand with them for justice!” she added.

The office of the Attorney-General and the Director of Public Prosecutions in Nairobi did not immediately respond to our enquiries on the case.

Source: Sunday Nation- By CHRIS WAMALWA

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Uhuru’s big love for the old

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Kenyans, especially the youth, have expressed displeasure with the appointment of former Othaya MP Mary Wambui to head the National Authority Employment Authority.

Ms Wambui, the woman who thrust herself into the limelight after claiming she was President Mwai Kibaki’s wife, was handed the big job by Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

But this is not the first time President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration is appointing retirees and perceived ‘old people’ to take charge of critical state agencies.

On Monday, Mr Kenyatta appointed Jeremiah Matagaro to the public service, raising questions about Jubilee administration’s knack for retired persons at the expense of youths in State appointments.

Mr Matagaro will chair the State Corporations Advisory Committee for a three-year period, an appointment many consider as a slap in the face to the youth.

Cyrus Gituai, who served as Internal Security PS in the first Kibaki administration, also makes a comeback to the public service. Mr Gituai has also served as a district commissioner.

But the return of the old guard in Kenyatta’s administration is hardly surprising as the trend has been there for all to see.

Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua is 68, well over the mandatory retirement age of 60.

The same goes for former Vice President Moody Awori, the man well into his 90s, chairs the Sports, Arts and Social Development Fund.

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President Kenyatta also picked Stephen Karogo to chair the Public Service Commission, even though at the point of his nomination, he was slightly over 60 years.

MPs vetting him for the position questioned his ability to adequately serve given that he has hit the mandatory retirement age of 60 years for the Civil Service.

“Do not focus on my age, rather at the wealth of experience I bring on the table in this new role,” he told the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security.

Retired General of the Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi chairs the NSSF Board after his retirement from the military, while 72-year-old Francis Muthaura is in charge at Kenya Revenue Authority.

Just last week, the National Assembly approved Esther Murugi to sit in the National Lands Commission, even though she is 66.

Back to Mr Matagaro, he is not exactly young. He was the police spokesman during the troubled times of agitation for political pluralism in 1990 to 1993.

He would later rise to become North Eastern provincial police commander in the mid 1990s.

When President Mwai Kibaki took over, he appointed him PS in the Ministry of Justice under Kiraitu Murungi before he was controversially appointed to the Electoral Commission of Kenya in total defiance of the 1997 Inter Political Parties agreements.

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Mr Matagaro was among ECK commissioners who were sent packing after a probe by an international commission established that they had bungled the presidential election.

In a bid to stop recycling and re-appointment of senior citizens to the public service, Starehe MP Charles Njagua has filed a motion in the National Assembly.

The youthful city MP is seeking to reduce the retirement age to 50 from the current 60.

He says his motion will help address the high unemployment rate among the youth.

“Noting the mandatory retirement age for public servants is set at 60 years, this House urges the government to review mandatory retirement age in public service from current 60 to 50 years,” reads the motion.

Documents presented to parliament by the Public Service Commission (PSC) detailing the breakdown of civil servants by age cluster revealed that at least 11,879 civil servants were aged between 51 and 60 years.

A further 12,057 civil servants were aged between 56 and 60 years, while there were about 399 civil servants who had attained the age of 60 years or above.

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Outrage over hiring of Mary Wambui

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Hours after the government announced several appointments to various positions in State agencies late on Monday, Kenyans have taken to social media to express their displeasure with some of those picked for the posts.

In a special Gazette Notice dated October 14, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced he had appointed eight people to the State Corporations Advisory Committee, while the Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani announced his pick for the chairperson for the National Employment Authority (NEA).

It is CS Yatani’s choice that has outraged Kenyans, who wondered whether the appointment of former Othaya member of Parliament Mary Wambui was done on merit.

Kenyans including political leaders, on social media, claimed Ms Wambui is out of touch with the realities of young unemployed graduates in the country.

They have also questioned the former lawmaker’s capacity to deliver on her new mandate.

Dismissing the appointment, ruling Jubilee party’s nominated Senator Millicent Omanga described it as a sad day and a spat on the face of Kenyan youth.

Senator Omanga expressed doubts that Ms Wambui possesses the ability “to craft strategies and policy formulations” to eradicate youth unemployment in the country.

“Does Wambui have the remotest idea what it feels like to hold a degree certificate yet you can’t find a job with it?” Ms Omanga posed, arguing that by hiring her, the government had demonstrated its lack of seriousness in addressing the challenge of unemployment.

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Others argued that the government was worsening the youth unemployment crisis by appointing a person who is “rich, powerful and well-connected”.

Hapa ni kubaya. Watu wanatolewa retirement kupewa job; sisi wengine tulipe ushuru wapate mishahara (The situation is bad. Retirees are being recalled and offered jobs while the rest of us have to pay taxes for their salaries),” Mutichilo Mike noted.

Former presidential candidate Mohamed Abduba Dida termed the appointment as shocking, saying it showed the government’s “consistency and dedication towards failure.”

“When you think you have seen it all, the government pulls another one,” he added.

Others said such appointments dented President Kenyatta’s legacy.

When he took over power in 2013, the President vowed to fight youth unemployment and to create 500,000 new jobs every year. That has not been the case.

“In a nation where unemployment is a real crisis for the youth, such crucial positions need visionary leaders,” David Musyoka argued, adding that it should not be “reward schemes for political loyalty”.

“We are now lacking direction,” Sammy Mohammed lamented, wondering, “how can we grow our economy by recycling these old MPs?”

Mr Mohammed went on to suggest that the President should “try one of us” to assess the youth’s competency and suitability.

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Mary Wambui, a businesswoman and politician, was the MP for Othaya Constituency, Nyeri County from 2013 and 2017.

According to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, nine out of every 10 unemployed Kenyans are below 35 years.

The bureau puts the overall unemployment rate in the country at between 7 and 12 percent, a figure that is disputed.

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Joyce Laboso’s widower lands state job

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed the widower of former Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso, Edwin Abonyo as a member of State Corporations Advisory Committee.

In a Gazette Notice dated October 14, President Uhuru Kenyatta named Abonyo as one of the members of the committee for a period of three years.

Abonyo is among seven individuals who have been appointed to the Jeremiah Matagaro led committee.

Others appointed to the committee are Wanjiku Wakogi (Secretary), Winfred Kaburu, Cecil Kuyo, Cyrus Gituai, Tom Maina Macharia, Roselyn B. Tumpeyo and Gloria Ndekei as members.

Abonyo lands the state job three months after his wife succumbed to cancer.

In the same gazette notice, Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani has appointed former Othaya Member of Parliament Mary Wambui as the Chairperson of the National Employment Authority (NEA) for the next three years. Her appointment takes effects immediately.

Wambui takes over the from Ms Winnie Pertet who served as NEA chair from its inception till the end of her term.

The authority was established in April 2016 by an act of Parliament to replace the National Employment Bureau (NEB).

By Nairobi News

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