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Police: Abducted Cubans had expressed fear for their safety

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They had complained of the distance between their house and the hospital and requested to be hosted within the facility

The two doctors abducted in a daring attack by gunmen in Mandera town yesterday had expressed concerns over their safety, the Saturday Nation can reveal.

Of huge concern to Dr Assel Herera Correa, a general physician, and Dr Landy Rodriguez, a surgeon, was the five-kilometre distance they had to cover daily from their house at Busley to their work station at the Mandera Level Four Hospital. They lived in a house owned by a county government official.

The two medics were ambushed at Banisa stage while driving to the hospital in a

county-owned double-cabin pickup accompanied by two body guards, one of them who died in the attack, and the driver who was arrested and questioned.

Police Spokesman Charles Owino yesterday confirmed that the gunmen suspected to be Al Shabaab had crossed the border into Somalia with the doctors.

Search-and-rescue mission

While the fate of the medics is unknown, a contingent of Kenya Defence Forces, various units of Kenya Police and Kenya Police Reservists had been dispatched to chase after the two vehicles used in the raid and abduction.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma confirmed security agencies are engaged in the search-and-rescue mission to ensure the doctors’ safe return. “Today we have been reminded, again, of the evil machinations of international criminal networks. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in contact with the Government of Cuba,” she said.

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Following the attack, a crisis security meeting was held in the border town. In attendance were North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik, Mandera East deputy County Commissioner Lawrence Omondi.

Dr Assel Herrera Correa.

Received complaints

A senior security officer confirmed to Saturday Nation that they had received complaints from the two who had requested that they be moved within the precincts of the hospital but their request had not been acted on.

“We also raised their concerns to our seniors and requested that they be moved to reside within the hospital but no action was taken,” the officer confided.

The officer added it was difficult for the abductors to strike at night since the town is manned by different security units in different areas and the high number of officers at the doctors’ home: “The attackers seemed to have taken notice of this and changed tack.” According to eye-witnesses, the usually busy terminus was thrown into confusion some minutes past 9am when loud gunshots were heard forcing locals to scamper for safety.

The armed assailants, who had arrived in two Probox vehicles, blocked the doctor’s pickup truck, alighted and opened fire at the Administration Police officer seated at the front killing him instantly.

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Witnesses said the other officer managed to escape in the attack as the gunmen quickly bundled the two health workers in one of the cars and sped off towards the Somalia border.

“Everything happened at lightning speed. We pounced on one man who turned out to be a police officer,” a witness said.

Our security source said the morning incident appeared planned since no one at the busy bus stage attempted to block the two Probox vehicles. “There are so many taxis in the area but none attempt to block the two vehicles that sped away with the doctors,” he said.

Officers dispatched early to pursue the attackers returned and reported that they were not be able to tell which route was used by the abductors after crossing into Somalia. “We are told the road divides into three once you enter Somalia and our officers could not identify which the abductors had used,” the source said. The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) took over the rescue mission.

At the hospital, Dr Rodriguez was scheduled to operate on patients yesterday morning according to a duty roster at the facility. The two doctors lived in the same house guarded by police reservists and two police officers. Two house helps washed, cooked and cleaned.

They were yet to get their own cars and relied on hospital drivers and vehicles, which they had complained delayed their movement. In an earlier interview with this writer, Dr Correa confirmed they usually had armed police with them.

Dr Assel Herrera Correa.

Condemned the incident

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“We have security personnel around us all the time but despite that Mandera is safer than many other places I have worked including Brazil’s Amazonas area,” he said. When on duty, he used to attend to about 20 patients a day. He said locals were friendly and he was adapting to the culture.

Dr Mohamed Adan, the hospital’s Medical Superintendent had said the facility has recorded an upsurge in numbers of patients. Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacists and Dentists’ Union secretary-general Ouma Oluga on Friday condemned the incident.

“This incident is a reminder to all that medical workers should never be a target even during conflicts given the humanitarian nature of the services they offer,” he said in a statement. Council of Governors chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said they would ensure health services are not interrupted.

“As a council we are here to support you and should there be any gap, we are ready to stand in,” Mr Oparanya said in a statement. The abducted doctors are among 110 specialists sent from Cuba in June 2018 to improve the quality of medical services in rural areas.

source:Daily Nation

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Read DJ Mo’s emotional message to hospitalised Size 8

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Gospel artiste Size 8 has shared a video that hs left her fans sending prayers her way.

The Mateke hitmaker shared a video seated on a hospital bed with pipes in her mouth and looked frail.

Size 8
Mateke hit-maker crying during her baby shower

DJ Mo through his Insta stories shared a photo of a city hospital, RFH Healthcare, where his wife gave birth at.

RFH Hospital
RFH Hospital

Mpasho first reported that the couple had welcomed their second child and both the mother and child were in good health. But we’re not sure whether Size 8 left the hospital after giving birth or not.

In a touching post Size 8 wrote,

In the middle of the storm don’t give in to the evil spirit of intimidation whose main aim is to remove you from a place of confidence and trust in the Lord to a place of anxiety and fear to hinder your intimacy with God cloud your judgment, vision and clarity!!!!! That storm you see is a nice way God is preparing for greater levels maturing you, remember James chapter 1. In the storm Never look at God in a bad light focus on him and never lose your confidence in Him!!! ARISE WOMAN AND MAN OF GOD KEEP WALKING NEVER STAY SILENT KEEP PREACHING!!!!!!

Fans of the artiste thronged her post with positive messages wishing her a quick recovery. Check out their messages;

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kabusimon All will be well

nycewanjeri With you in prayer mama ❤️

ladybee_254 🙌You really inspire ne my dear Sister,You encourage me to keep the faith even when I can’t see anything 🙌Indeed you’ve tought me to stay positive,strong to know no matter the situation NO CONDITION IS PERMANENT 👊LOVE YOU SO MUCH ❤️STAY STRONG JESUS IS IN FULL CONTROL..IT IS WELL

joyceomondi It is well with you on Jesus name 🙏🏾

njirunjirunjiru Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he [it is] that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

wangare  Get well mama wambo

wambui.stephanie The good Lord is with you.I had a dream you had given birth to a baby boy.Wait for God’s manifestation in your life and family

harriet_nyamboki May God be with you!

gladys.wanjohi. Quick recovery God is in control

chriskirwa🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

carolpulei It shall be well. You’re blessed🙏🏿

diana_marua 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

lidocaine 🔥🔥

njeri Get well soon mama wambo

mutulamaureen It is well in Jesus name

consokathure It shall be well Mama Wambo 🙏🏾

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EXPLAINED: Visitor’s Visa, Work Visa or Student Visa- How can you come and work in USA?

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BY BOB MWITI

Well, I get asked so many questions on a daily basis about living and working in USA and I try to answer them on my inbox as much as possible.

If you inbox me and I don’t respond immediately, please just give me time and I will.

So I will explain a bit about the above 3 visas, in the best way possible.

I don’t sugar-coat things and this may not be for you if all you want to hear is the sweet stuff!!

Also, please understand that in this post, I am only addressing those with at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Now, let me start with the visit visa.

If you are a young university graduate and your intention is to get a visit visa so that you can come and work here, please stop that madness!

That is a wrong approach and chances are you will not set foot in America.

It is extremely hard to get visit visa approval, if you DO NOT have strong ties to your home country, which most young people don’t have and therefore are considered a high risk for visa overstay!

Honestly speaking, a visit visa is the worst visa that you can use to come to America if your intention is to remain here and work.

Are we together??…This is the bitter truth that no one will tell you out there!….Don’t be ignorant!..Be wise!

Well, If you are lucky to get a visit visa, once you are here you will just be working under the table because you won’t have the right working immigration documents.

However, this type of visa may be a “good” one for you if you are;

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1. Extremely desperate and you have no Job back home.

2. You really don’t care being in America without the correct working documents and risking deportation.

3. You don’t mind not seeing your family back home for a long period of time.

If you tick all those 3 boxes, then Yes, a visit visa may be a “good” one for you.

Again,I repeat, this is the worst visa to come with if your sole intention is to live and work in America long term.

I hope I am clear.

How about work visa?

Work visas are extremely hard to get because you must actually get a highly skilled Job offer here first, then your to-be employer will have to file for your work papers from these sides for you.

Once that is approved, then you can seek the visa at the Embassy in your country of domicile.

The problem is, although work visas exist, it is very hard to find companies who are willing to sponsor you especially if you are in Africa.

Yes, a lot of Indians do come here on work visas such as L1, and H1Bs but the reason is that most big tech companies in USA are actually Indian-owned companies.

For example Infosys, Accenture, Wipro, Tata consulting to name but a few…..

These companies provide resources to work in IT projects across North America..and there is a ready market of skilled IT professionals in India.

As an African, if you are a nurse and you want to work here, you have a very high chance of coming as a skilled worker.

I know of nurses who have come to work here in America from Africa and there are African companies that facilitate that.

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BUT for the rest of the folks,…. well, you have to find other means!

And the other means is a student visa,

A student visa, is the best non-immigrant visa to actually use to come to USA.

Why?

Because a student visa has a clear path to citizenship.

Meaning, with a student visa, once you graduate, you have a chance of getting a post-graduation work permit called OPT of 1-3 years depending on what you studied.

During that post graduation OPT time, you can find an employer willing to sponsor your long term work authorization and subsequently a green card and later on you can become a citizen if you wish.

This is actually the route that I used…..and it is extremely effective although a lot of our African brothers & sisters who come to USA as students do not use it for lack of proper guidance and Information.

Now you may ask, which is the best career out there in America that you might have a chance of getting a Job in.

IT is huge here..There is a very high demand of IT professionals and it is easy to get work authorization once you graduate.

Same with nursing.There is a huge demand of nurses. Most other professions, unfortunately not so!

So generally speaking, STEM professions…i.e Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics are your best bet for good Jobs here in America that come with working papers.

So now you may ask ….how do you come to USA as a student?

Unfortunately, you must have enough finances to cover for your studies.

If you DON’T, you will NOT get a student visa..Again, that is the bitter truth!

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So, are there any ways of getting funding?

Yes, you can actually find millions worth of scholarships for FREE at www.successwithbobmwiti.com or you can also find secured and unsecured international student loans to finance your education here in America.

I hope I have answered your questions!

ABOUT ME

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS and Robotics Process Automation.

I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida,USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned and achieved a lot in my career as an IT consultant.

My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself.

Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.

On my facebook page, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up!

To learn about my amazing programs, please go to;

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Three women fight over estate left by President Moi’s late son

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Two women claiming to be wives of the late Jonathan Moi, the eldest son of former president Daniel Moi have moved to court to claim control of his estate alongside the first wife.

In documents at the High Court, Family Division in Nairobi, Faith Nyambura Mburu and Beatrice Mbuli Kipkemboi accuse the deceased’s first wife Sylvia J Jonathan Moi of locking them from their husband’s property.

A judge on Tuesday granted two of the widows more time to file papers in a succession case pending before the High Court.

Appearing before Justice Aggrey Muchelule on Tuesday, the widows, Beatrice Mbuli and Faith Nyambura, asked the court to grant them at least seven days to file their objections in the case.

THREE WIVES

Jonathan’s first wife, Sylvia, was granted temporary orders to administer the estate.

But the two widows accused Sylvia of concealing material facts and leaving them out as beneficiaries of the estate. Beatrice said in her court papers that she was married to Jonathan in accordance with Akamba customary laws on July 17, 1998. They had two children, a boy and a girl, and that Jonathan took care of her two other children.

And when he died early this year, she said, all the three widows met on various occasions in respect of administration of the estate. She said they agreed that she and Faith should jointly apply for letters of administration on behalf of other households.

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She claims that Sylvia proceeded alone without informing her co-wives. The letter of administration was published in the Kenya Gazette on September 13, 2019. She said she became aware of this after the lapse of the 30-day period during which she was required to raise objections.

On her part, Faith also claimed the first wife concealed material facts, especially the fact that Jonathan had another family, which he provided for. She claimed, alongside her children, that they were omitted from the list of beneficiaries, yet her children need school fees. Faith added that her children risk being kicked out of school over Sh631,206 fee balance.

SIDELINED

Faith said she married Jonathan in December 2008 in a Kikuyu customary wedding and the two have three children. She accused Sylvia of failing to provide for them and sidelining other widows from participating in affairs of the estate.

Faith Nyambura and Jonathan Moi. Faith and Beatrice Mbuli claim their co-wife Sylvia J. has excluded them as beneficiaries of Jonathan’s estate. PHOTO | COURTESY

Faith wants the court to make an order that she be given a monthly provision of Sh1 million for upkeep from the estate, pending determination of the case.

She has proposed that Sylvia, Beatrice and herself be made the joint administrators of the estate.

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Justice Muchelule adjourned the matter to November 26.

-Agencies

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