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US-based woman speaks out on why she cremated husband as in-laws plan demo in the village

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The widow of a Kenyan-born man who died in the United States two weeks ago has come out to explain why her husband’s remains were cremated rather than being flown to Kenya for burial.

Dr Ada Kagumba told the Nation that much as she understands the frustration in the extended family of her late husband Mr Moses Okumu Maima, his wishes had to be honoured.

Mr Moses Maima’s family accuses Dr Ada Kagumba of failing to provide answers over his death in US before his body was cremated.

Dr. Kagumba is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Quincy, Illinois. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

But Mr Maima’s father and brothers on Saturday rejected that line of argument, saying they had plans to ferry his body to Kenya for burial.

In what promises to be the start of a protracted conflict between a Kenyan family and the US-based widow of their late son, Mr Maima’s family is planning a peaceful demonstration in their Memba village in Siaya County to “demand justice”.

Moses Maima in his car. COURTESY PHOTO

They also plan to carry out all the burial procedures for their son, though they do not plan to conduct any burial.

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In an interview with the Sunday Nation, the widow dismissed allegations that she may have engineered her husband’s death — said to be a suicide — to get insurance money. She said those claims do not deserve her comment.

Dr Kagumba was also reluctant to disclose further details on the matter.

“Please, you Press people should leave us alone. I don’t want to talk about this anymore. My children and I are trying to move on,” she said.

Mr Maima’s father, Mr Androniko Miyare Maima, told the Sunday Nation yesterday that as it stands, they do not even have proof that their son is dead, because of the scanty information the widow has given them.

But there is a death announcement Dr Kagumba placed in the Daily Nation last Friday, where she stated that he died on March 20, nine days before his 51st birthday, and that he was buried “in accordance to his wishes”. The 87-year-old father was shocked to see the notice yesterday.

He said he received information about the death of his son last weekend and efforts to verify it have been futile as the widow is not cooperating.

“The brother in Nairobi is the one who informed me about his (Maima’s) death. It was about 1am,” he said.

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The old man added that when the family reached out to the widow for more details, she informed them that he committed suicide after being involved in a road crash.

She told them, the distraught father said, that Mr Maima knocked someone down on his way from work and upon reaching home, he shot himself dead.

Mr Miyare, who was accompanied by Mr Maima’s elder brother Isaiah Yuko during the interview, said they do not buy into Dr Kagumba’s account of events.

They said that an advocate in the US whom they contracted to pursue the matter informed them that the “death” of their son was fishy, since no report was made about the claimed accident at any police station.

They added that CCTV recordings revealed that no crash indeed happened.

“How come a report about the accident was not made to the police? The CCTV on the said route have revealed that no accident happened on the said day,” said Mr Yuko.

Mr Maima, an alumnus of Starehe Boys, had lived in the US for more than 20 years, working as a sales consultant at Norman Frede Chevrolet in Houston, Texas. He had also been a sales agent with Berkshire Hathaway in Atlanta, Georgia.

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He had been married to Dr Kagumba for more than five years and together they had a daughter aged about three. In all, Mr Maima had three children as this was his second marriage.

The Friday newspaper notice eulogised Mr Maima as a man of many talents who was multilingual and who had an interest in jazz music, politics, travelling and training to fly helicopters.

“He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, loving and supportive father leaving his legacy through his three wonderful children,” it said.

And while the news of his cremation might come as a shocker, some Kenyans living in America are fast adopting the foreign culture.

Mr Cysco Wandati, a Kenyan residing in Chicago, Illinois, said cremation is increasingly becoming an alternative to burial, especially for families that don’t want to incur huge funeral expenses. “People at home should not be shocked,” he noted.

“I know the family personally and I can tell you Maima had become what folks at home refer to as ‘Americanised’. He had very little interactions with the Kenyan community here in Chicago and I’m not surprised that he preferred to be cremated,” said Mr Wandati.

By Chris Wamalwa and Victor Otieno, Sunday Nation

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  1. Enock Oloo

    June 1, 2019 at 8:32 am

    This a simple case the woman is hiding something and she burned the body to kill forensic evidence

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Kenyans in the diaspora sent home ksh280 billion in 2019 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) new annual record in 2019, Kenyans living and working abroad sent home approximately $2.7 billion (KSh280 billion).

The amount shows a 3.7 percent growth compared to the previous year, whose remittances roughly $2.6 billion (KSh272.3 billion). The lowest remittance was in 2015.

A weekly report bulleting from CBK that was released on Friday shows money sent by Kenyans in the diaspora increase to $250.3 million (KSh25.2 billion) in December 2019. An increase from $218.8 million (KSh22 billion) in November. 

Kenyans in North America accounted for the most substantial part of the remittance in December at 50 percent. Following closely was Europe at 20 percent and 30 percent from the rest of the world.

However, the 2019 total remittances did not meet the World bank’s target of Sh285.5 billion. The target amount would have achieved a five percent growth. “The rate of growth of remittance inflows will rise by just 5 percent compared to a 39 percent growth between 2017 and 2018,’’ World Bank said in December.

World Bank sees the reduced growth in diaspora remittances is due to the increasing economic concerns in the US and the United Kingdom, where a recession may be setting in despite strong employment data.

”With the world slipping into a recession, it is feared that remittance inflows may suffer as companies’ layoff staff in the developed world even as employers and employees adopt austerity measures,” World Bank’s report said.

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Miguna Miguna urges Kenyans in diaspora to stage protest against Uhuru as he visits the UK

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kenyan-Canadian lawyer, Miguna Miguna, is urging Kenyans in the United Kingdom to partake in a protest against President Kenyatta as he plans to visit the country this week.

Miguna, through his twitter page on Saturday, addressed his supporters, asking them to stage a protest where President Kenyatta will be staying during his visit to the UK. The protest is to demand that the president obeys court rules requiring the government to allow him to enter the country. 

“Red Alert! Notice to all Patriots in London! Uhuru Kenyatta will be in London, UK, from January 20, 2020,” wrote Miguna.

He added: “He will be shuttling between the Town House located at 66 Lowndes Square, Kensington, and 10 Downing Street. Find him. Show him that No One is Above the Law!” 

The president is set to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London from Monday, January 20th, former Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma confirmed.

“Arrived in London, ahead of H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta who, at the invitation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will join other leaders for the Africa-UK investment summit on 20th January 2020,” Dr. Juma wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Miguna is currently stuck in Germany after his return to Kenya on January 7 th was rendered impossible by the Kenyan Government that issued a red alert warning airlines not to fly Miguna to Kenya or any African nation. 

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VIDEO: New laws which could have US Green Card holders deported take effect as thousands rush to acquire Citizenship

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If you are a Green Card holder in the US and you  think you can do whatever you like without running into  the risk of deportation, then think again. There are some new laws going into effect that could get permanent residents deported.

Under the newa Trump rules, a simple mistake is no longer an excuse and simply not knowing what the new rules are could get someone holding a green card kicked out of the United States for good. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted some new rules that will take effect in 2020.

Some of the new green card rules for 2020 which could get you in trouble if not obeyed are:
  •  Failing to admit you’re an immigrant on your tax returns or failing to report some of your income could get you deported
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 25 who hold a green card must register with the U.S. Selective Service; failure to do so could lead to deportation
  • An extended overseas vacation could cost someone their green card – it could be considered “abandonment” of the green card. WATCH:

 

Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who hold a green card and do not register with the Selective Service could also be deported.  Even a vacation overseas could cost someone their green card.

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Some are no longer willing to take the chance by simply holding a green card, which must be renewed every ten years, and instead they’re becoming U.S. citizens to avoid deportation.
She says calling these infractions a mistake is no longer an option.

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