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VIDEO: Woman jailed for 10 years “by mistake” touches the hearts of Kenyans in the Diaspora

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Some Kenyans in the United States are expressing their dismay at a report that a woman was imprisoned for ten years despite the complainant’s attempts to withdraw the case.

Lydia Achieng’, who is currently serving her jail term in Lang’ata Women Prison was arrested in 2010 over allegations of defiling her neighbour’s Class Eight son.

Upon learning of the controversial matter, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered immediate investigations into the case of Ms Achieng’.

“I want us to share this but also come up with HOW we can help her. Georgia wants to Lead this charge,” said Eric Mwangi, a Community organizer based in Atlanta, in a statement sent to KSN on Tuesday.

“This lady should be released ASAP and should not work a day of her life because she’s paid her dues and we as Kenyans and fellow Citizens across the World should come together with the support of Kenyan organizations who can help her settle back to civilian life,” wrote Mwangi.

Other Kenyans took to social media to air their views. Jkariuki wrote: “This is very sad. We all need to stand with the poor lady.”

Maggie Mwambia wrote: “Even as we stand to be counted, it is always very important to hear both side of the story. Citizen is writing that the DPP has concluded that she lied to the media. May the truth Prevail. Aving said that, I am still ready to help her.”

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Here is Achieng’s story courtesy of Inooro TV:

In a Twitter post, the DPP ordered an immediate follow up on the matter to unravel the circumstances under which the woman was imprisoned despite being found innocent. “Despite the fact that the convict was charged during the era of Police Prosecutors and before the 2010 Constitution, the DPP has directed that an immediate review be done,” read the tweet. Speaking to Inooro TV, Achieng’ said at the time when she was accused of the crime, she was living with an orphaned young girl who she had offered to help educate.

The girl is said to have gotten into a relationship with one of the neighbour’s sons but she refuted the claims saying they were only friends and they used to borrow books from one another. “If I find you with Rajab, I will punish you severely and take you back home,” Achieng’ warned the girl However, the son’s mother went ahead and initiated arrest of Achieng’ accusing her of defiling the minor. She was presented in court and charged with defilement and detained in remand for over a year with the complainant failing to attend several proceedings.

Finally, the son’s mother showed up in court and said she wanted to withdraw the case but the request was denied by the presiding judge who directed she seeks help of the Attorney General to withdraw the case. “The judge said such cases can only be withdrawn after she presents a letter from the Attorney General asking for withdrawal,” she said. The complainant’s efforts to access the Attorney General were futile. Achieng’ was sentenced to 10 years in jail, she tried to appeal but it was turned down by the court. She is set to be released soon.

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182 Kenyans arrested in the US as they tried to apply for DACA immigration program

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182 Kenyans are among thousands of people who have been put behind bars in the US after they requested to be included in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a new report shows.

This became public on Saturday after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its updated data  (PDF, 756 KB) on arrests and apprehensions of illegal aliens.

Kenya has the second highest number among African countries led by Nigeria with 209 incarcerated persons.

“The release of this report reflects the agency’s ongoing focus on transparency. The report provides updated information on known arrests and apprehensions of DACA requestors. The data may include arrests that did not result in convictions or where the charges were dropped or otherwise dismissed,” said USCIS.

Among the findings of the release are the following:

  • Nearly 110,000 DACA requestors out of nearly 889,000 (12%) had arrest records. Offenses in these arrest records include assault, battery, rape, murder and driving under the influence.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, 85% (67,861) of them were arrested or apprehended before their most recent DACA approval.
  • Of approved DACA requestors with an arrest, more than 31% (24,898) of them had more than one arrest.
  • Of all DACA requestors, 218 had more than 10 arrests. Of those, 54 had a DACA case status of “approved” as of October 2019.





“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress. We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA.”

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Under current DACA guidelines, illegal aliens may be considered for DACA if they have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more “non-significant” misdemeanors not arising out of the same act, omission or scheme of misconduct, and they do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. The number of arrests illegal aliens have do not necessarily disqualify them from receiving DACA as a matter of discretion.

Find detailed figures in the table below:

 

The full comprehensive report here data  (PDF, 756 KB)

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Home Developer offering free transport from JKIA for Kenyans from Diaspora

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BY PETER NYAGA

Mahiga Homes Ltd, a leading real estate developer in Kenya specializing in selling affordable houses is offering our prospective diaspora customers a Free ride from the airport to your destination around Nairobi and its environs.

This is a way of appreciating the great contributions of Kenyans in the diaspora.
The offer starts from 1st to 24th December.

To book your free ride
Call/WhatsApp +245720460413
www.mahigahomes.co.ke

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US Immigration Service to charge $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a final rule that will require a $10 non-refundable fee for each H-1B registration submitted by petitioning employers, once it implements the electronic registration system.

The registration fee is part of an agency-wide effort to modernize and more efficiently process applications to live or work in the United States.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.

Upon implementation of the electronic registration system, petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, will first have to electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period, unless the requirement is suspended.

“This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process,” said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. “The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernize our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity.”

The final rule, Registration Fee Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Cap-Subject Aliens, is effective Dec. 9, 2019, and the fee will be required when registrations are submitted. USCIS is fee-funded, and this non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the agency.

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USCIS is slated to implement the registration process for the fiscal year 2021 H-1B cap selection process, pending completed testing of the system. The agency will announce the implementation timeframe and initial registration period in the Federal Register once a formal decision has been made, and USCIS will offer ample notice to the public in advance of implementing the registration requirement.

USCIS published a notice of proposed rulemaking highlighting a registration fee on Sept. 4, 2019, which included a 30-day public comment period. USCIS received only 22 comments during that time, and has considered all submissions and offered public responses ahead of announcing the final rule, which is effective on Dec. 9.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

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