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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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VIDEO: Now DP Ruto, Aisha Jumwa tell Matiang’i off and call for his resignation

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has said all those mentioned in the latest fake gold scam should carry their own crosses and desist from dragging the name of the president into the scandal.

Without dropping any names, Ruto said that “the political conmen had now tuned to gold.”

Walipanda ndege hapa na kwenda huko Dubai na kufanya maneno yao. Wabebe mizigo yao na waache kumuingiza rais kwa mambo hayo,” said Ruto during a fundraiser at a church in Endebess, Trans Nzoia County,.

Meanwhile, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa, a close associate of Mr Ruto, has asked for the immediate resignation of Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matian’gi.

A section of Jubilee MPs havealso told ODM leader Raila Odinga to state what he knows about the fake gold scandal.

They said Interior CS Fred Matiang’i should also explain how the country’s security was protecting the premises with fake gold.

Speaking  on Saturday when they accompanied Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of various development projects in Trans Nzoia, the lawmakers asked Matiang’i to state what he knows about it.

The leaders were Governors Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and Ferdinand Waititu (Kiambu), MPs Robert Pukose (Endebess), Aisha Jumwa (Malindi), Janet Nangabo (Women Rep, Trans Nzoia), Rahab Mukami (Women Rep, Nyeri), Mathias Robi (Kuria West), Janet Jepkemboi (Turbo), Gabriel Tongoyo (Narok West), Fred Kapondi (Mt Elgon) and Owen Baya (Kilifi North).

This as it emerged that the Director of Public Prodecution, Nordin Haji, had defended President Kenyatta and former PM Raila Odinga.

Mr Haji issued a statement on Saturday about a recording circulated on social media that suggests that some information was relayed to President Kenyatta, Mr Odinga and Interior minister Fred Matiang’i, and that discussions followed.

He condemned the release and circulation of the recording, saying, “Such claims and their circulation through social media, specifically through leaked phone recordings in today’s age of real-time, borderless publishing, are alarmist and may needlessly cause disaffection.

He warned that “unless all facts are obtained and analysed, it is irresponsible and possibly unlawful to publish such material.”

SPEEDY PROBE

Mr Haji said he had personally received complaints from victims who said the person behind the scam had been invoking the President’s name in dealings and conversations.

“Having realised that they were conned on the availability of the gold, and the misleading knowledge and involvement of the President, the former Prime Minister and CS Matiang’i, they resolved to [file] a report [with] Kenyan authorities and cooperate with law enforcement in unearthing the under-dealings.”

The DPP said he had thus directed Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to speed up the probe; he said the file should be forwarded to him in the next seven days.

Mr Haji also asked members of the public with helpful information to report it to authorities.

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VIDEO: Vote for our very own top Diaspora Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja

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It’s back.

The 2019 edition of Groove Awards with Safaricom event is officially here. As was the case last year and years before that, the awards will celebrate excellence in Gospel music in Kenya and across Africa.

Celebrated Gospel Artiste Naomi Karanja from Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the finalists in the Diaspora Artiste of the Year Category. Please take a little of your time to vote for here here.

Since 2004, Groove Awards with Safaricom has celebrated excellence in gospel music in Kenya and across Africa. The awards, entering their 14th year in Kenya (and 6th in Rwanda), are this nation’s most prestigious and recognized Gospel music awards event, enjoying regional resonance and relevance.

Groove seeks to promote gospel music as a message of hope and an avenue to address issues affecting young people across the African continent with a key focus on its main objective – “Shaping culture through positive content and entertainment.”

Groove Awards has seen over 1,800 artists/groups nominated and almost 400 Groove statuettes presented to gospel musicians in Kenya and beyond.

The Venue and date for this Year’s Gala will be communicated in due course.

 

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Embassy in US writes to Kenyan comedian inviting him to perform in Baltimore, Maryland

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Apopular Kenya comedian has been invited to the United States to perform at this year’s   Makadara Day celebrations, organized by the Diaspora Baltimore Community.

In a letter by Deputy Chief of Mission, David Gacheru, the comedian is invited to The Hermes Center of St.Demetrios 2504 Cub Hill Road, Parkville, 21234 to perform to the Diasporans on June 8, 2019.

“To have you as one of our guests would be an honor to the people who will be there and the whole organization,” read part of the letter.

According to the embassy,  the event is attended by a huge number of Diasporans every year.

An excited Omondi took to his social media platforms toannounce the development.

“We need private jet guys!!! Baltimore see you in two weeks,” he wrote.

 

In Kenya, the Madaraka Day celebrations will be held at the Narok stadium, where the committee chairman, PS Karanja Kibichio, had visited over the weekend.

He was visiting the place to inspect how prepared the County was ahead of the celebrations which will be held on June 1, 2019.

The Principal Secretary assured the public that the stadium would be ready by next week.

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