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Woman: My husband left soon after wedding, he duped me into a fake marriage to get Kenyan citizenship



A woman has told court how a foreigner allegedly duped her into a fake marriage just to get Kenyan citizenship.

The woman named PM told High Court judge Asenath Ongeri she did not realise the respondent named CE was not interested in a long term union.

The two married on June 21, 2013, but CE is said to have disappeared days later. It later emerged CE only wanted to use her to secure legal status to work in Kenya.PM had filed a case seeking divorce from the foreigner.

“The respondent was subsequently deported by the Government of Kenya and the petitioner does not know his whereabouts,” the court heard.

It also emerged the two did not consummate their marriage.PM, who testified in the undefended case, said she had not seen or communicated with her husband since he was deported.

She also admitted the man was unlawfully living in Kenya by the time they entered the “fraudulent marriage”.

Civil marriage

Theirs was a civil marriage contracted at the Attorney General’s office. Here, a couple is required to fill an intention to marry form. After 21 days, they are expected to bring an affidavit commissioned by the registrar of marriages.

If their application is approved, the couple books a date for their marriage after paying a fee.The law dictates that the marriage must take place within three months from the day a 21-day notice is issued.On the marriage date, both parties have to go to the registrar’s office with two witnesses.

There they take their vows and are granted a marriage certificate.For a Kenyan to marry a foreigner, the outsider is also required to submit a copy of their passport and its original, a copy and original birth certificate and another certificate showing they are free to marry.

If the foreigner is widowed, they must produce death certificates. If divorced, a court’s decree is required.PM told court she met CE through a friend.

“He left soon after we celebrated our marriage. I later learnt he had been repatriated,” she testified.

Court records do not show the kind of work the man was doing. He does not also seem to have disclosed to PM his country of origin.Justice Ongeri allowed the divorce, observing that the marriage was not between two people in love. Instead, she said, it was a union for benefits.

“I find that in the current case, the petitioner did not freely enter into the marriage with the respondent as it emerged the man wanted to use the marriage to obtain a work permit,” the judge said.

The judge also found that PM was justified to seek divorce from her absent husband as they did not consummate their marriage.The Marriage Act requires either party to seek divorce within a year of marriage if the parties do not get intimate.

“The petitioner also said the marriage was not consummated as the respondent left immediately after the marriage was celebrated. She has never seen him since that time. I find that the marriage has not been consummated since it was celebrated and since this petition was filed in court. The marriage between the petitioner and the respondent is hereby nullified,” Ongeri ruled.

Source: Standard Media

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GOFUNDME: Kindly help Jackie Koli bury her mom and get justice



Jackie Koli’s mom, Beatrice Wanjiku Gitura (pictured above), was murdered in cold blood after she went missing on Friday, May 22, 2020.
On Saturday May 23rd, her body was found in her car a few Kilometers from Embu Town.  Her throat had been slit, hands tied with a rope and a piece of cloth tied across her mouth. It was double tragedy since the sister to her mom (Jackie’s auntie) passed on the same day- Friday morning after battling with cancer.Jackie, an only child, needs our financial support as she prepares to bury her mom and seek justice. Any help will be highly appreciated.

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VIDEO: Mom to Kenyan lady in US murdered in cold blood



With great sadness we wish to inform you of the sudden and unexpected passing of Jackie Koli‘s mom, Beatrice Wanjiku Gitura.

She went missing on Friday May 22 and later found murdered in her car. Her throat had been slit, hands tied with a rope and a piece of cloth tied across her mouth.

The body was in the passenger’s seat and the car was abandoned on the roadside. Beatrice, 57, went missing on Friday after leaving work. Her body was found in Njukiri, Embu, about 20km from her residence.

The late Beatrice Wanjiku

It’s a double tragedy since the sister to her mom (Jackie’s auntie) passed on the same day- Friday morning after battling with cancer.
Jackie, an only child, needs our financial support as she prepares to bury her mom and seek justice. Any help will be highly appreciated.
Jackie Koli lives in Seattle, Washington State.

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Diaspora remittances decline by Sh2.2b in April



Money coming in from Kenyans living and working abroad dropped by Sh2.2 billion in April to total $208.2 million (Sh22.3 billion).
This is compared to Sh24.5 billion received in March, according to the latest data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). It was the lowest monthly remittance since February last year when Kenyans overseas sent back home $199 million (Sh21.2 billion at today’s exchange rate).
However, the cumulative inflows in the 12 months to April were higher at $2,801 million (Sh299 billion) compared to $2,750 million (Sh294 billion) over a similar period last year.
“Remittance flows from the US and Canada (contributing about 58 per cent of all remittances in April) remained largely unchanged from March, while inflows from UK, Germany, South Africa, EAC region, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia declined, reflecting the impact of Covid-19,” said CBK in its weekly bulletin.
CBK expects the Covid-19 pandemic which has disrupted economic activities around the world, to curtail the remittances, which have recently been critical pillars of the country’s exchange rate.
Foreign exchange
In March, diaspora remittances generally went up but inflows from South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Mauritius and Oman declined, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus disease on a critical source of foreign exchange for the country.
Nearly 40 million people in the US have filed for unemployment as Covid-19 wipes out livelihoods in the world’s largest economy, and where a lot of Kenyans live and work. So far, remittances from these regions have continued to flow in steadily. However, the tide of money from North America and Europe will not last forever as the pandemic hits these regions hard.
An article by CNBC showed that 70 per cent of companies in Dubai expect to go out of business in the next six months, a situation that would affect a lot of Kenyans working in the Gulf states.
Economists have noted that most Africans in the diaspora are employed in jobs that do not have safety nets, and are not eligible for the welfare cash that a lot of industrialised countries have provided for businesses and households in distress.
Currently, most of those abroad might have raised their remittances due to increased distress calls from relatives and friends back home who are feeling the heat of the pandemic.
Many Africans working overseas have either been laid off or sent on unpaid leave and are now living on their savings. Diaspora remittances have become Kenya’s key source of foreign exchange reserves, more than even tea, coffee and tourism.
In the region, the World Bank expects diaspora remittances to decline sharply.
Expected to drop
“In 2020, remittance flows to low- and middle-income countries are expected to drop by around 20 per cent to $445 billion (Sh47.6 trillion), from $554 billion (Sh59.2 trillion) in 2019,” said the global lender in a new report on remittances and migration.
“In the midst of this sharp decline, the relative importance of remittance flows as a source of external financing for low- and middle-income countries is expected to rise.” Nigeria remains the largest recipient of remittances in sub-Saharan Africa and is the sixth-largest beneficiary among low- to middle-income countries, with an estimated amount of $23.8 billion (Sh2.5 trillion) received in 2019, an increase of more than half a billion dollars compared to 2018.
Ghana and Kenya are ranked a distant second and third in the region, with $3.5 billion (Sh374 billion) and $2.8 billion (Sh299 billion) received, respectively.

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