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Strict immigration laws frustrate Swiss man married to a Kenyan

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Mark Baur is a frustrated man. He has a Kenyan wife who is, so near yet so far, and it all has to do with immigration.

The Swiss national has been living in the country on and off for the past 16 years. He has a legally married wife, Lilian, a Kenyan, with whom he has a four-year-old daughter.

He has accused the Immigration Department at Nyayo House, Nairobi, of extortion, claiming that they want to make Sh500,000 from him before he can legally live in the country with his family by granting him permanent residency status.

“I have about eight tourist visas in my passport from the past two years. Every three months, I have to renew it,” said the former musician and music producer.

Every time he applies for a new tourist visa, he pays $50 (Sh5,000). The Baurs have been married for the past two years, although they have been in a relationship for nine years.

Their daughter, is a Kenyan and has a Kenyan birth certificate and passport. Permanent residency

The couple were advised to seek an alternative route, to gain residency. Mr Baur was told to apply for a dependant’s pass.

“This document is issued to a person whose spouse, parent or guardian is lawfully entitled to enter Kenya,” according to the Immigration Department’s website.

“It is an offence while in possession of a dependant pass to engage in any form of trade or employment either for gain or not,” it adds.

Mr Baur was told that he would have to part with Sh100,000 every year for three years in order to obtain a Class K permit that allows him to live in the country.

This permit is granted to people who are not employed but have an annual income of more than $24000, roughly Sh2.4 million, which will be beneficial to the country.

Mr Baur said that he was told that he could apply for permanent residency after the three years are up and the process would take up to two years, in which he would still have to apply for the Class K permit.

“After those two years, it is not guaranteed that I would be granted the residency. It is very frustrating! The Kenyan Government is basically trying to extort money from me so that I can be with my family,” Mr Baur told the Nation.

“I told them that I am the one who supports my family. I do not work, but I have an income from investments I have back in Switzerland,” Mr Baur said.

He said that he finds it strange that the Constitution is so stringent yet he is legally married to a Kenyan.

“If we were applying for residency for my wife in Switzerland, we would get it in two weeks at no cost, because we are married!” Mr Baur explained.

The Constitution also states that a foreigner can apply for permanent residency if they have been married to a citizen of the country for at least three years.

This year, according to Mr Baur, he would have been living in the country continuously for the past seven years and he would be legally married to a citizen for three years.

He can effectively apply for both residency and citizenship, which he would qualify for. Unfortunately, for this to happen, he will still have to pay the Sh100,000 fee for the Class K permit, which he wants to avoid.

The couple applied for the dependant pass in May and went to Switzerland to look after Mr Baur’s aged mother. They came back after two months and went straight to Nyayo House for the document.

“When we got there, we were told that they had rejected my application. I asked for the documents showing that my request for the pass had been denied, but they told me that my file had been misplaced and could not be found,” Mr Baur explained that he was taken round in circles all over the building and in the end had nothing to show for it.

He was told that he would also have the option of applying for citizenship, but he had not been living in the country continuously for the past seven years.

“I have never heard of any other country denying a family the right to stay together. It is very unfair. We have a home here, but I feel unwanted in this country. If this fails, then, we might just have to leave and go to Switzerland,” an Mr Baur said.

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BREAKING: Legendary jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died

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Veteran jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died, TshisaLIVE can confirm.

Mtukudzi’s record label Gallo Records confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon but said there were no details available.

The musician’s family is set to release a statement later this afternoon.

An outpouring of tributes has already flooded social media.

During an interview with TshisaLIVE a year ago, Mtukudzi spoke about his excitement of releasing his 67th album.

He said the most significant thing about his upcoming album, Hanya’Ga (Concern) was the message.

“My 67th album is meant to share a message of introspecting and I’m hoping people learn a thing or two from it. It’s an album I wrote last year after I realised that the world keeps getting tangled up in ‘unnecessary’ problems.

“All because we are focused on competing and being better than the next person. In so doing we keep stepping on each other’s toes but that is not how God created us. God meant for us to compliment each other, that’s why he didn’t duplicate talent,” he said at the time.

Source: www.timeslive.co.za

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FBI agents arrest three Kenyans in US over links to Isis

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Three Kenyans were on Tuesday arrested in the United States for their links to terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

The three were nabbed by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents. They were identified as Mohamed Salat Haji, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Muse Abdikadir Muse.

The three were arrested in Lansing, Michigan. They are said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic state.

Mr Muse Abdikadir Muse was nabbed while on transit to Somalia.

“He was checking in for a flight on his way to Mogadishu, Somalia when he was arrested,” a statement by the FBI released on Tuesday stated.

Mr Muse Abdikadir Muse had earlier this month purchased air tickets to travel from the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Michigan.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

The US Department of Justice said his other two friends, described as co-conspirators, had assisted him in getting the ticket.

“They aided in the purchase of the ticket and drove Muse Abdikadir Muse to the Grand Rapids airport, each knowing the true purpose of the travel was for Muse Muse to join and fight for ISIS,” read the statement.

According to the FBI, the three recorded videos pledging allegiance to the group where they narrated their desire “to kill non-believers, and even to potentially use a car for a martyrdom operation to run down non-believers in the USA.”

Despite their arrest, the American Government is yet to find them guilty of the charges.

Their arrest comes exactly a week after terrorists led by a Kenyan identified as Salim Gichunge attacked dusitD2 hotel and killed 21 people.\

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‘Please help me return home,’ Kenyan legend runner living in the US pleads

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan distance running legend Henry Rono a broken man. He has been living in the United States of America for the last 32 years, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rono who is now 66, on Tuesday reached out to Nation Sport and sent a passionate appeal:

“I wants a ticket back home, please.”

“Yes, I would like the government to help me get back home by getting me a ticket… I can’t afford living in the USA. I’m getting old… Also, being away from home for over 32 years is too long,” added the legend.

The legend is currently a security guard at the Albuquerque airport.

“Yes, I did retire, but these other jobs are stressful and I’m too old,” he said. “Like now, I’m sick from working hard. Many of my fellow Kenyans are dying from stressful hard working jobs,” said Rono, who was given a lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2008.

“I have been given another award in Belgrade but I’m able to attend because of stressful work. Like now, I’m in the bed and I’m unwell.”

But Rono’s daughter Maureen confirmed she had spoken to the legend, and that he has been unwell since last week. “He has been coughing for the last week, and I’ve been in touch with him. If he asked you to send out an appeal for help, you can go ahead and publish,” she said.

Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei, meanwhile, said his association would be ready to help the legend.

“He did a lot for this country and we can’t fail to get help for him,” said Tuwei. “We need information such as costs of tickets, who he could be travelling with and other details, and then see how we can support.”

The Washington State University star alumnus had taken up coaching after his running career, this after alcoholism dented the highlight years of his spell that saw him shatter world records in the 3,000 metres (seven minutes, 32.1 seconds), 5,000 metres (13:08.4), 3,000 metres steeplechase (8:05.04) and 10,000 metres (27:22.47), all within 81 days across USA (California and Seattle) and Europe (Vienna and Oslo).

Source: nation.co.ke

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