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VIDEO: Police thought they had arrested a woman, but something didn’t add up

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Police in Lamu got the shock of their lives on Tuesday night when a ‘female’ suspect they had arrested turned out to be man.

A local chief had alerted officers on patrol in Kashmir area that a ‘girl’ with suspicious character had been spotted in one of the houses in the neighbourhood.

The officers visited the house and managed to arrest a person who was wearing females clothes.

The said suspect identified herself to officers as Farida Chemutai aged 24 years.

According to neighbours, the suspect had moved into the neighbourhood recently and not much information was known ‘her’.

At the police station, officers found out that the suspect is man whose name is Mutuku Nzambia from Kithuku location, Makueni county.

During questioning he revealed that he was invited to Lamu by his friend named Zainab Wambua.

The friend is yet to meet him since he arrived in the island.

A man who was living with him, who police believe is the owner of the house, managed to escape after seeing police officers. He has been identified as Idris Kororo.

Mutuku is being detained in custody pending further interrogation.

source: Nairobi News

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No, Kenya has not been added to our Visa Waiver Program, US Embassy says

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The US Embassy in Nairobi has termed the news that Kenya has joined US Visa Waiver Program as fake news.

A website, News-AP, which seemed to be trying to associate itself with international news agency the Associated Press (AP), claimed that the US State Department had added 10 countries into its VWP.

In its latest post, the website listed five African countries, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Malawi, alongside Argentina, Uruguay, Jamaica, Hong Kong, and Georgia.

But in a tweet, the US Embassy has advised Kenyans to go to the Department of Homeland Security for more information about US Visa waiver.

FALSE STORY

“This is a false story. For real information on the visa waiver program DHS,” the Embassy said.

This information is only in the social media and a visit to travel.state.gov, which lists all the VWP Designated Counties, or the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), does not mention anything about Kenya being added to the program.

The US Visa Waiver Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the US Department of State.

This program allows eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for stays of 90 days or less, without a prior visa.

source:Nairobi News

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Journalist quits job to pursue priest hood

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Nation Media Group sports journalist, Vincent Opiyo has heeded his calling and quit his journalism job to become a pastor.

The creative sports writer chose to follow his ambition of serving in the church through the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a Roman Catholic congregation of priests and brother’s band and is set to join their Novitiate in Aruch from next week.

In his last article published on Sunday Nation, 19, 2019, Opiyo admitted priesthood was his lifetime ambition despite his venture into the newsroom.

“I joined the University of Nairobi for a Broadcast Journalism course in September 2011 but my hopes for a bursary from a charity organization collapsed and I had to drop out after failing to pay the Sh110, 000 fees,” Opiyo explained.

The sportswriter also narrated the hardships he went through that made him ‘postpone’ his calling.

“I applied for evening classes at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) in Nairobi and sold Airtel mobile phone SIM cards on the streets to add to the little upkeep my father gave me. A SIM card was Sh50, my profit was Sh20,” Opiyo explained.

Vincent in his element (Photo: Courtesy)

Vincent in his element (Photo: Courtesy)

Calling

Vincent’s passion to serve in the church began at the age of 12 when he became an altar boy at his home Parish, Nangina Catholic Church. He hoped he would one day be like his parish priest and his dream is seemingly becoming true.

“At the age of 12, I became an Altar Boy in my home parish, Nangina Catholic church. This was a year of finishing my catechism classes that culminated into receiving Holy Communion. It is during this period that I started dreaming of being like my parish priest who was a friend and a father figure,” he recalls.

Opiyo’s priesthood journey will take him 13 years to complete.

Career

Before making an unexpected exit, Vincent worked as sports writer for the Daily Nation and Mwananspoti.

His former boss Elias Makori commended the sports journalist promising his prayers as Vincent ventures into his new journey.

“Vincent Opiyo has positively responded to the spiritual calling to join the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) at their Novitiate in Aruch from next week. This is with the aim of reflection and eventually being ordained as a priest and a fisher of men. We pray for him,” Makori stated.

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E-passport centres launched in six countries to serve diaspora

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The government has launched e-passport centres in six countries to serve Kenyans in the diaspora.

Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma  said the service will initially be available in Kenyan embassies in Pretoria, London, Paris, Dubai, Washington and Beijing before being expanded to other countries.

“We mounted the e-passport infrastructure last week. Kenyans are encouraged to get in touch with the missions for modalities of this process,” she said on Friday.

The launch of the centres means that Kenyans living abroad will no longer have to travel back home to apply.

Presidential directive

Run by the Immigration department, portals will be available on each Kenyan mission’s website, directing applicants on the procedure to follow.

Kenyans in diaspora had complained of lack of service despite a directive by President Kenyatta that the passports be issued in their countries of residence.

The foreign ministry said the Immigration department had been setting up the tools required for deployment of personnel.

Initially, embassies had required Kenyans to register their presence on the portals to help provide the numbers and influence decision on setting up centres.

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The Immigration department had said it would start with North America, the Middle East and South Africa before moving to other regions.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs manages diplomatic missions abroad but issuance of passports is a responsibility of the Immigration department. This means the department will have to send attaches to the embassies to provide the services.

While in Namibia in March, President Kenyatta directed that Kenyans living abroad be issued with the new generation passports in their countries of residence.

source:Daily Nation

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