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US visas now only for holders of e-passports

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The US government will not give visas to Kenyans with old passports, signalling another round of rush for the electronic travel documents.

In response to an inquiry by a would-be traveller, the US embassy in Nairobi said only those with e-passports will be considered for visas, becoming the first major Western power to demand the new travel document.

“We can only place a US visa in a new passport. You may make an appointment with your current passport but you will need to obtain an e-passport before we can issue a visa,” a spokesperson at the embassy said yesterday.

Those with valid visas and old passports will not be allowed into the US, the spokesperson said.

The move puts more pressure on travellers, especially government officials, after Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua banned foreign trips using old passports. Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau last week said his office will not endorse visa applications for senior government officials who have not obtained the e-passport.

Launched in 2017, the e-passport was supposed to be fully in place by August 31 this year, allowing a phase out of the old documents. In December last year, however, Deputy President William Ruto said the deadline could be pushed to 2020, to allow more Kenyans to apply for the document.

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By January, about 400,000 Kenyans had obtained the e-passport, but one could still travel with the old document.

But the Immigration Department, blamed by Kenyans in the diaspora for not serving them, has struggled to meet the demand at home, leading

to long queues.

The Interior ministry had announced setting up passport application centres in London, Paris, Washington DC and Pretoria. Other centres were to be in Dubai and Berlin.

Curb travel fraud

However, Kenyans living in these countries have complained to the Nation that they were still forced to come back home for the new passport.

Embedded with an electronic chip, the e-passport is part of global efforts to curb travel fraud by making it harder to forge a passport.

For the East African region, countries agreed to have a blue cover passport to symbolise the shared Lake Victoria, and unity of the bloc.

It comes with a data page like the old one, but has a chip with the holder’s details to prevent damages the former was prone to.

Once in place, some travellers may be able to self-clear at airports, cutting queues at immigration sections.

source:Daily Nation

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Hamisa Mobetto has spoken about her desire to reunite with Diamond’s first baby mama, Zari Hassan.

In a recent interview, Zari explained that her nature does not allow her to hold grudges and is willing to mend her relationship with Zari should an opportunity presented itself.

“If it ever happens, I’m here. I am a very kind and hospitable person so if it’s planned that we will meet, it will be okay with me. I’m here for it,” she said.

The Mobetto Styles founder stated that in situations where children are born of the same father and different mothers as in their case, it is every parent’s dream to introduce their children.

“When it comes to children born of the same father, it becomes everyone’s hope for them to meet as a family and become one thing and live in harmony. If any problem arises then it can be tackled within the family as we push on,” she continued.

 

Contrary to her almost nonexistent relationship with Zari, Hamisa and Diamond’s ex-girlfriend Tanasha Donna get along pretty well.

According to Hamisa, her friendship with Tanasha was made easier by the fact that they knew each other before Tanasha started dating Diamond but lost touch, a factor she said made their reconnection much easier.

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“It’s easy for Tanasha and I to get along because as I mentioned earlier, I knew her before. If you have met someone before or have a relationship with someone before, it is very easy to reconnect with this person compared to if you’ve never seen or heard of someone from the beginning.

“She is dope, she is a very nice person who works very hard. Also before I forget she is very beautiful,” said Hamisa.

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23-year-old who evaded arrest by shaving his dreadlocks arrested

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A 23-year-old is set to have it rough at the state correctional facilities after being allegedly found cohabiting with a minor, and evaded arrest by shaving off his dreadlocks.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, detectives working on the case of a missing 13 year-old girl, arrested one Marcos Menza Masumbuko who is said to have lured the girl to his house.

The suspect allegedly used a social media platform to befriend and lured the minor to his house.

She later escaped to her aunt’s place in Nyakach, Kisumu County, and assisted the Police in arresting her captor.

Marcos upon learning of her dissapearance, shaved off his dreadlocks immediately after a missing child report was published.

The sleuths warned against any Kenyan found mistreating a child and promised stern action to those found culpable.

They also warned Kenyan parents to monitor their children’s activities on social media, owing to the increasing engagement of social media for e-learning materials

President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to deal firmly with sexual offenders and victims of domestic violence, forming a special unit to investigate into the happenings that have so far been reported

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Aisha Jumwa to remain in police custody until Thursday for plea taking

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Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa will spend three nights in police custody after a Mombasa court ruled on the issue.

The court ruled that the MP should remain in custody until the day that she will take plea.

“The two accused persons shall be remanded at port police station pending psychiatric examination. Pre-bail assessment shall be undertaken on each of the accused,” Judge Njoki Mwangi ruled.

“Accused to be escorted to Coast General on 21st Oct for psychiatric examination,”she added.

Jumwa has been in the limelight since October 2019.

Police officers linked her and her bodyguard to chaos and a shooting that erupted during campaigns.

The lawmaker allegedly had something to do with the shooting during campaigns for the by election in Ganda Ward, Kilifi County.

Aisha Jumwa and her bodyguard Geoffrey Okuto Otieno will take plea on murder charges.

While giving the ruling, Judge Njoki Mwangi noted that although the outspoken MP and her bodyguard were released o bail pending trial over charges of misappropriation of funds, the amount did not apply to the murder charges.

According to the Judge, The court had released them on different terms. Therefore, the terms did not to the murder charges brought before the court.

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Reports indicate that the Malindi MP stormed into a venue where political leaders had a meeting.

On doing so, a scuffle ensued and an ODM agent got shot. Unfortunately, the agent passed on.

A section of ODM leaders had organized the meeting to come up with a strategy to conduct a mini poll.

Asked whether she had anything to do with the shooting, Aisha Jumwa claimed that the ODM party had something to do with the death of one of their agents.

The ruling comes days after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) approved the murder charges against her and her bodyguard.

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