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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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Kenyans in the diaspora agonise as the deadline for e-passport nears

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Kenyans living in the diaspora are concerned that they might not get the new e- passports on time despite a deadline extension announced recently by the government and a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the documents be issued in their countries of residence.

Citizens living overseas who spoke to the Nation pleaded for the government to intervene and put things in order at its embassies abroad.

On Friday, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau told the Nation his ministry was working with the Immigration Department to ensure centres for passport applications abroad started working.

“We have identified missions where the programme will start. It is a process that has already been initiated,” he said.

Embassies will first have to deploy more personnel, but Kenyans abroad were being encouraged to register on the diaspora portal.

This, the ministry says, will help establish the areas to prioritise for the centres. Initially, the Interior ministry, which houses the Immigration Department, said it would start with a centre in North America, another in the Middle East and South Africa before expanding gradually.

So arrogant

But a Kenyan residing in Germany expressed displeasure at the kind of services offered at the embassy in Berlin.

“When we call at the Berlin Embassy it is hell on earth! They pick no calls and when they pick, they are so arrogant. How will we be able to travel? Even after protesting at the Berlin Embassy there is no change,” she said, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.

But Ms Selline Branis Onalo, who represented Kenyans in Mexico and other central American countries described the tribulations they go through. As Kenya doesn’t have a resident embassy in Mexico City, it runs relations through the mission in Washington.

“It is like the Embassy has forgotten its role in Mexico. Some of us tried to write to the authorities including emails to the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC, which covers Mexico. We haven’t heard anything from them,” she told the Nation.

In the entire Americas, Kenya has embassies in the US, Cuba, Brazil and Canada, collectively serving more than a dozen countries.

Officially, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad. But specific services like passport issuance are provided by the same departments as at home. That means the Immigration Department will have to send attaches to all embassies to ensure the service is provided there.

In September last year, Kenyans held peaceful demonstrations in Berlin to protest against poor services at the embassy.

They also complained about how they were forced to travel back home to renew their passports. Later in December, Deputy President William Ruto announced that the deadline for obtaining new generation passports was extended from August 2019, to an unspecified date in 2020.

source:Daily Nation

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PHOTOS: Uhuru arrives in Mauritius for four-day State Visit

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday evening arrived in Port Louis, Mauritius for a four-day State Visit.

The plane carrying Mr Kenyatta and his entourage touched down at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport shortly before 7pm local time.

On arrival, the President – who was received by Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth – inspected a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the special mobile force of the Mauritius Police Service followed by a 21-gun salute.

After the arrival ceremonies,  Kenyatta paid a courtesy call on the Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory at State House, Le Reduit.

His visit to Mauritius is largely aimed at boosting the economic, cultural and social ties between the two nations, according to PSCU.

The forum will be used to showcase trade and investment opportunities in Mauritius and Kenya.

President Kenyatta is accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Prof. George Magoha (Education) among other senior government officials.

PHOTO COURTESY: PSCU

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Death Announcement: Edward Kimando Of Lowell, Massachusetts

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of Edward Kimando (Baba Ian). He was husband to Salome Kimani of Calvary Evangelical Church, father to Ian Kiuna (PCEA Imani), Faith Kiuna & Mercy Kiuna.

Son of Samuel Kimando & Jane Nyambura of Uplands Kenya. Son-in-law to Geoffrey Gìtua & Sarah Kimani (Dada Sarah) of PCEA Neema church Lowell. Brother in law to Mary Kimani (Hairdresser) & John Micheal (Tush) of Christian Community Fellowship (CCF) Lowell among others.

Prayers will be held daily at their residence 64 WEED ST, LOWELL MA  Daily from 7pm starting tonight for funeral arrangements and sending the body back home to Kenya.
For more details pls contact;
Salome Kimani……..9783284492
Geoffrey Gitua ……..9783282092
Mary Kimani…………9784839408
John Micheal……….5084843034
Pastor Kìhìko……….9789962519
Pastor Nyagah……..9787616214
Pastor Karìmi……….9783190056

Your prayers, presence and contributions will be highly appreciated.
God bless you!!

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