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

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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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Dedication of Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) new location in Atlanta this weekend

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Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) 10th Anniversary, Conference and church dedication are all happening this weekend beginning Friday July 19th through Sunday July 21st at the new location:  1345 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, Georgia, 30067.

The Guest Speaker will be Bishop Sammy Muya who will lead a host of other worship Ministers, including Ms Nelly Nemaiyan and Mr&Mrs Zablon Wangila.

“These will be three Great Days of God’s Word, Worship and celebration,” says the host Bishop, Rev Dr Joe Wamutitu.

“The stage is all set for the Conference and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for His people even as we celebrate what he has already done,” says First lady Antoninah Wamutitu.

“He has been our strong refuge and anchor for our souls. Come celebrate with us God’s faithfulness for 10 years and the blessings of sanctuary. Great is His faithfulness,” she adds.

This is a free event. Learn more about the church by clicking here.

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MAHIGA HOMES: We build and deliver homes fast, on very pocket-friendly terms [VIDEO]

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Mahiga Homes Limited is a Real Estate Development Company which has become very popular with Kenyans in the Diaspora in the last few years. It was in the news recently following a colourful keys-handing over ceremony during which many investors, including tens from the US and Europe, took possession of their units.

How it works

Mahiga Homes offers decent and affordable housing to clients in different parts of the country. Generally, the homes are delivered within a period of 10-12 months (depending on the project), at an affordable rate, in secure and serene environments which are accessible from the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD).

Hand-selected by local experts, these homes – curated by design, amenities, and neighbourhood – provide a visual snapshot of the most sought after properties in town. Mahiga homes are affordable, luxurious and in modern designs. “We are passionate about quality of product/ service and meeting of set deadlines,” says CEO, Peter Mahiga.

Examples

Mahiga homes Ltd, having delivered and handed over 4 projects, namely: Cornerstone I Estate, Cornerstone III Estate, Cornerstone IV Estate and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, have become the talk of the town. Watch:

They now present to you Rockvilla III Estate Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite located just 300 metres off tarmac at Joska.

It is 15 minutes drive from JKIA and 30 minutes drive from CBD. The offer price is Kshs 3.95m.  Deposit is Kshs 1.6m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

This is a beautiful gated estate in the heart of serenity. They are 3-Bedroom Bungalows and each unit is sitting on a 40×80 plot.

FEATURES:

-Master Ensuite bedroom

-106 square metres

  -Master Ensuite bedroom

-Spacious Lounge and KitcheN

-Large windows for natural lighting

-In-built MDF wardrobes

-Cabro paved driveways

-Car park for 2 cars

-Green area

-Available borehole water for the estate

-Solar water heating system

-Perimeter wall all round the estate

We also present to you The RIVERFRONT Luxurious 3 bedroom bungalows, all bedrooms ensuite, located in Ruiru suburbs overlooking Tatu city, whose price is Khs 5.5m per unit. Deposit is Kshs 2m and you pay the balance in 12 monthly installments.

Testimonials

Cornerstone I Estate was handed over on 25th August 2018, The owners have moved in and living in them already.

 

 

 

Cornerstone IV Estate, handover on 20th April 2019 home owners are moving in

Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens, handover on 29th June 2019

Cornerstone I, III, IV and Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens are sold out.

To learn more, visit www.mahigahomes.co.ke or call/Whatsapp +254 720 460 413

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SAD NEWS: Francis Muchene Chege of Atlanta, Georgia passes on

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It is with humble acceptance that we announce the promotion to glory of our beloved Francis Muchene Chege which occurred on Wednesday morning, July 11th, 2019 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.

He was a dear husband to Christine Muchene (Madam President), father to Joseph Chege, Paul Kiarie, Evans Ngamau, and Monica Okall. More information and further updates will be communicated. Please continue uplifting the family in prayers.

Mr Muchene (left) seen here posing with his daughter Monica Muchene-Okall during her graduation

some time back. COURTESY PHOTO

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