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PHOTOS: Victims of Ethiopian plane crash

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Family and friends of those who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines crash have begun sharing their grief.

32 Kenyans lost their lives in the crash, 18 from Canada, eight were from China, another eight from the United States and others were from Saudi Arabia, Nepal, UK, Israel, India, and Somalia.

Kenya suffered biggest casualties in the crash followed by Canada at 18, Ethiopia at nine, China and Italy at eight, France and Britain at seven, Egypt at six, with at least four persons carrying UN passports.

Four Indians, three Russians, two Moroccans, two Israelis, one Belgian, one Ugandan, one Yemeni, one Sudanese, one Togolese, one Mozambican and one Norwegian also perished.

The flight was also carrying people heading for a major United Nations environmental conference in Nairobi.According to the UN migration agency chief, at least 19 affiliated with the United Nations were among those killed in the crash.

The Boeing 737-8 MAX was on a regular scheduled flight from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa when it came down shortly after take-off near the town of Bishoftu, some 31 miles (50km) to the southeast.

The jet left the airport at 8.38am local time before losing contact with the control tower at 8.44am. Here is what we know so far about the victims who died:

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Former Kenya Football Federation Secretary General Hussein Swaleh. PHOTO | COURTESY |

Kenyan administrator Hussein Swaleh  A renowned sports administrator Hussein Swaleh was among 32 Kenyans who perished in Ethiopia Airlines plane.

Swaleh was on his way home from Cairo where he was the Commissioner of a Caf Champions League match between Egyptian side Ismailia and TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo played on Friday.

Swaleh served as Kenya Football Federation secretary general between 2000 and 2004, a period in which the federation went through a torrid period with Fifa and the Kenyan government.

KAA head of Human resources Juliet Otieno and KAA Security Chief George Kabugi

The KAA chief executive recalled KAA head of HR Juliet Otieno and KAA Security Chief George Kabugi who were on an official trip in Egypt and booked new tickets for them.

Joseph Waithaka was one of 157 passengers and crew to die after the tragedy

Joseph Waithaka was one of 157 passengers and crew to die after the tragedy

Kenyan and British dual national Joseph Waithaka was also among the 149 passengers who died according to hulldailymail.co.uk.

The 55-year-old, who moved to Hull about 15 years ago and was on his way back to Kenya from a visit when the tragedy struck.His wife and children still live in Hull.

 

Fr George Mukua Kageche. [Photo, Courtesy]

The Catholic fraternity lost Fr George Mukua Kageche.

Mwazo Jared Babu. [Photo, Courtesy]


Mwazo Jared Babu was on the flight with his wife. The couple left behind a 15-month-old baby.

 

Tony Ngare, senior Journalist who perished in the ill fated Ethiopia Airlines

Journalist Tony Ngare was among the dead. His colleagues remembered him as an ardent advocate for Press Freedom and Safety of Journalists in Kenya.

After leaving the Standard Media Group, Ngare joined the Kenya National Commission to UNESCO and was instrumental in the successful establishment of the Kenya Media Sector Working Group.He also supported many initiatives aimed at strengthening the Kenya community radio sector.

Jonathan Seex

Jonathan Seex, the CEO of hospitality company Tamarind Group, was aboard the new Boeing 737-8 MAX.“It is with immense shock and grief to inform you of the tragic news that Tamarind CEO, Jonathan Seex, was on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight,” the company, which owns and operates several restaurants in Africa, said on Facebook. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, the Tamarind community and all the others who have suffered unfathomable losses.”According to his social media, Seex lived in Nairobi with his wife and children.

 

Britain

British UN worker Joanna Toole among 157 dead in plane crash

Joanna Toole from Exmouth in Devon was named as one of the seven British passengers who were among 157 people killed when the flight crashed shortly after take-off.The 36-year-old was traveling to Nairobi to attend the UN Environment Assembly.

Sarah Auffret, a polar tourism expert, was the third British victim to be named in the crash.

A French-British polar tourism expert was named as one of the dead in the Ethiopian Airlines air crash.

Sarah Auffret was making her way to Nairobi to discuss tackling plastic pollution in the seas at the UN assembly, according to her Norway-based employers Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

The University of Plymouth graduate held dual French-British citizenship, Norwegian media reported.

Handout photo issued by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) of Sarah Auffret (Image: PA)

Married father-of-two Michael Ryan is the Irish victim in the crash.

Michael Ryan

Canada suffered the second highest casualties after Kenya at 18.

Canada

Pius Adesanmi

Pius Adesanmi, Nigerian-born professor at Carleton University

Pius Adesanmi, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University, was on his way to a meeting of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council in Nairobi.

Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her daughter Sofia

Amina Ibrahim Odowaa, 33, was traveling with her daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir, 5 to Kenya to visit their relatives, her brother told The Canadian PressDerick Lwugi

Derick Lwugi, an accountant with the City of Calgary

 

Isaac was expecting his brother, Derrick Lwugi from Canada. He was to fly in at 10:25am. But by 1:47 pm he was nowhere to be seen. A notice indicated that his flight, ET302 of Ethiopia Airlines, had been cancelled.

“We have no information till now. No one has told us anything,” he says.

“We communicated yesterday (Saturday) and he said he will be arriving at JKIA about 10:20am. We were here by 10am,” he says.

He said his brother, who holds dual citizenship for both Kenya and Canada was travelling alone.

His wife Gladys Kivia told The Canadian Press that he was on his way to visit Kenya to visit her (wife) parents who live in the west of the country. Danielle Moore

Danielle Moore, 24, was one of 18 Canadians killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday [ photo courtesy]

CTV News Channel confirmed with her mother that her daughter Danielle who  was traveling to UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi. had died in the plane crash.

According to her Facebook page, Moore studied marine biology at Dalhousie University and spent a month at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences in 2015.

 

 

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Igathe ditches Equity Bank and Kenyans wonder whether he can ever keep a job for long

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Equity Bank Managing Director Polycarp Igathe has rejoined Vivo Energy as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Igathe will assume his new role from September 1, barely a year after joining the lender.

“I am pleased to announce that Polycarp Igathe will rejoin Vivo Energy as the Executive vice president Sales and Marketing, a newly created role that is being added to the Vivo Executive Management (VEM),” Vivo Energy CEO Christian Chammas said in a statement.

In his new role, Igathe will be responsible for sales and marketing across the group.

Igathe was first named as Equity Bank’s Chief Commercial Officer in May 2018. The appointment came four months after he quit as Nairobi Deputy Governor citing lack of trust with his boss Mike Sonko.

He was promoted to the Equity MD position in September.

Igathe was the Vivo Energy Kenya MD before resigning to join politics.

His latest move sent Kenyans on Twitter into a frenzy, with many terming him a lucky guy whom “employment looks for.”

jeff_Elvtwin@JElvtwin

Some of us are seeking employment whereas employment is seeking Polycarp Igathe.

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just STEVE !!!@just_STEVE___

I pray to be as fortunate as one of these guys. Polycarp Igathe, Julius Kipngetich
Able to resign at breakfast and have another job by lunch time

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A.F. Abbott@MrPhyc

Alafu Polycarp Igathe aanze story za “create employment, don’t just wait to be employed..”

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Next year time like now,Nairobi governor Sonko reappoints polycarp igathe as Nairobi county deputy governor

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Polycarp Igathe has left Equity Bank and rejoined Vivo Energy.

Damn this guy change jobs like baby diapers 🙊

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The rate at which Polycarp Igathe is switching jobs makes us wonder what he studied at school@polycarpigathe

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Polycarp Igathe can switch employers at will, you try switching employers yearly, and in your next job interview utaskia “You don’t seem loyal to your employers, 4 jobs in 2 years? why should we hire you? What guarantee can you give that you won’t leave before the year closes”.

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“Polycarp Igathe” somebody once told me up there the top of the pyramid they are very few and lonely never be surprised when an individual heads multiple organizations and grace all events invited

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Kwani Polycarp Igathe anakuanga na Rocket science degree?

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VIDEO: Hope for Stateless Shona Community in Kenya as they are set to be given Birth Certificates

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Imagine living all your adult life as a stateless person. This is the case with at least 4,000 members of the Shona community who live in Kenya. Originally from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa, they came to Kenya in the 1960s to spread the Gospel and although recognized by Kenya’s founding fathers, they were never granted citizenship. This situation has continued todate denying them basic rights including education and employment.

88 year old Mofat Ngwabi, sits comfortably in his chair in his home in Kinoo in the ouskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Mofat is one of the few still alive who remembers when the Shona people of Zimbabwe arrived in Kenya in the 1960s.

He was part of a group of around 100 missionaries, who came to establish the Gospel of God Church. When they arrived they were met and welcomed by the first post-independence President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. Mofat looks on proudly at a photo of the encounter with the President that hangs on the wall in the church office.

Despite the meeting, and receiving the blessing of the President to establish a church, the Shona could not be registered because under the first post-independence constitution, there was no provision for people not of Kenyan descent to be registered as citizens.

“We can’t enjoy services that nationals enjoy.”

It has rendered them stateless today, meaning without Kenyan citizenship or nationality.

As a result, Mofat, his seven children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren who were all born in Kenya, have never had the right to become citizens. Though they speak the national language, Swahili, and local Kikuyu dialect spoken where they live. Though they are deeply ingrained in Kenya culture, from food to music. Though none of them has ever left Kenya to travel abroad, the fact that they are not recognized as Kenyans has left the family feeling a deep sense of despair.

Kenya. The stateless Shona community still waiting for citizenship88 year old Mofat Ngwabi, stands with his wife, Mangwenya, and the rest of his family near their home on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. UNHCR/T.Jones

It’s a problem affecting over 4000 Shona people in Kenya who descended from the church.

Mike Moyo, a Carpenter in nearby Kiambu County just outside the capital, is in the same situation as Mofat. All of Mike’s 10 children and 7 grandchildren were born in Kenya but are stateless.

“We are like dead men walking.”

“All my 10 children do not have birth certificates, and the older ones do not have identity cards. It’s awful,” says Mike.

Ramik, Mike’s eldest son says the effects have been dreadful.

“We can’t enjoy services that nationals enjoy. We don’t have mobile banking and going to the hospital is also a challenge. Birth certificate are needed for class 8 registration for our children who are in primary school so sometimes we are forced to ‘buy’ parents so that our children can continue with education. We cannot even save money.”

And so the vicious cycle of statelessness continues to the next generation in the Moyo family.

Carpenter-132 year old Ramik Mofat Moyo is Mike Moyo’s son. He is also a carpenter. Ramik just like his children, was born and raised in Kenya. They are all stateless. UNHCR/T.Jones

“All my 10 children do not have birth certificates, and the older ones do not have identity cards. It’s awful.” 61 year old Mike Moyo is a carpenter, a skill he inherited from his Shona forefathers from Zimbabwe. UNHCR/T.Jones

Some Shona people have married Kenyans which has helped their children acquire documents such as birth certificates. But the Shona say marrying nationals is not the solution. They say they deserve to be recognized as Kenyans.

The situation has meant that thousands of Shona people can’t be employed formally, and so survive doing informal work.

Many Shona women  weave baskets and do bead work to put food on the table they say. A lack of documents has forced them to sell their products for far less than they are worth through middle men.

Ben Kapota, a stateless father of eight who also lives in Kiambu says;

“I have been arrested several times because of moving around without an identity card. My community members had to bail me out. We are like dead men walking. If anything happens to us far from home, people will not be able to identify you just because you do not have an identity card.”

“I have been arrested several times because of moving around without an identity card.”

“If I got an ID card today, the first thing I will do is to get a driver’s license, then get a passport and start doing business.” Says Ben.

Kenya. The stateless Shona community still waiting for citizenshipStateless, Ben Kapota, sits with his daughter Blessing at a carpentry workshop run by the Shona community in the town of Kiambaa on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. UNHCR/T.Jones

Kenya. The stateless Shona community still waiting for citizenshipShona women weave baskets on the floor of their home in the town of Githurai on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. It’s their only source of income. UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign is committed to ending statelessness for an estimated 10 million people worldwide. UNHCR/T.Jones

Despite the situation, many Shona are however hopeful that the Kenyan government will give them citizenship soon.

Shona community leaders and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Kenya, have met with the government to try and find a solution for Shona people.

The Makonde community, originally from Mozambique were recently recognized by the government as Kenyans and given nationality, as the 43rd tribe of Kenya. This act has revived hopes that there will be a speedy solution for the Shona.

Read our statelessness report, “This is our home”: Stateless minorities and their search for citizenship” here. The report was released to mark the third year of the #IBelong campaign to end statelessness.

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Kenya Diaspora Convention 2019 set to take place in New Jersey, USA

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BY DAVID OCHWANG’I

Greetings! We invite you to the 2019 Diaspora Convention at Hilton Hotel & Resorts, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. This is an annual tradition where we meet as the Diaspora Community to advance our common interests primarily economic advancement, investments, political participation and representation. The Conference theme this year is “Diaspora Expandiing Partnerships for a Brighter Future.

We have also scheduled prominent Kenyan and American business & political leaders to speak, engage with each other, gain potential clients and potential development partners and establish long-term business and professional partnerships for growth at the Convention and so we believe this will be a high profile and unique event that your participation will be of great value to you and us as a community.

Topics up for discussion include business and investment opportunities of mutual interest including Governance, Banking, Healthcare, Tourism, Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA), Real Estate, public infrastructure, Women and Youth and Diaspora representation.

Date And Time

Fri, Sep 27, 2019, 8:00 AM –

Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 11:00 PM EDT

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Location

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

650 Terrace Ave

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604

Organizer of 2019 KENYA DIASPORA CONVENTION:

The Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organizaions, Inc. is a coalition of Diaspora Organizations spread across the world with its primary headquarters in the United States. Our objective is to unite and advance our common welfare i.e. economic, health, social and political. In this umbrella, you will find unity of purpose and commitment to serve all of our people wherever they are as well as our homeland, Kenya.

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