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Dilapidated Kenyan embassy buildings around the world to get Sh700m facelift

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It will cost taxpayers Sh700 million to renovate diplomats’ homes and offices in Washington D.C, London and New York as their poor state force ambassadors to rent premises.

The Treasury, in budget documents before Members of Parliament for review, says it will spend Sh250 million to renovate the high commissioner’s residence in London, Sh250 million (Washington D.C properties) and Sh200 million for New York homes and office.

Foreign Affairs ministry has recently indicated a change of plan from lease of space to property purchase as rental costs for embassies and consulates shoot to billions of shillings annually.

Diplomats in London and New York have been forced to rent homes as residences built by taxpayers fall apart due to neglect, the Auditor-General revealed last year.

Edward Ouko’s audit paints the sorry state of affairs in the country’s foreign missions and singled out the Kenyan embassies in Washington D.C, New York and London—which are the most prestigious diplomatic missions. This has forced the diplomats to rent homes in some of the world’s pricey cities, pushing the missions’ leasing costs to above Sh2 billion.

“No proper justification has been given for leasing residential houses considering that the Government of Kenya has houses for the ambassadors in New York and London except for failure to maintain these properties in habitable conditions,” said Mr Ouko.

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“An expenditure of Sh2.3 billion on lease of properties abroad could have been minimised if there was a clear policy on purchase or construction of government-owned properties for the missions.”

A recent parliamentary report said the building hosting the Kenyan Embassy in Washington D.C has greatly deteriorated. Compared to neighbouring structures, the property stands out as a neglected unit.

SOURCE: Businessdaily.co.ke

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Kenyan Men from all over the US to gather in Atlanta on June 29 for 2019 KEMEN Summit

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BY KAMNAO ANTHONY

KEMEN Summit 2019 and dinner will take place in Atlanta Georgia on June 29, 2019 starting with Workshop and Networking from 10.00 A.M. to 1.P.M.

This is a special rare occasion to brush shoulders with a diverse group of visionary Diaspora leaders chosen from business, Mentorship, Financial guidance, Literacy, Motivation, Immigration experts, Education, Health, Wellness and many other key speakers with a wide range of topics.

These are men who clearly understand that change and effective progress are only possible with a good vision, determination and ambition,.. therefore your actions and attendance counts greatly as you may be impacted and be part of that change.

In the evening, the program continues starting from 4 P.M. to 11 P.M.

There will be Panel discussions, various speakers, formal dinner and ending with KEMEN awards.

We need you to be the architects of a sustainable future and as Diaspora men that are looked upon as men of impact in all fields, a large representation will make the occasion to arouse the much needed awareness that can make this noble movement a force to reckon with.

KEMEN aims at empowering men to believe in themselves equip them with tools of knowledge through workshops and conferences to enable them attain the grandest height possible.
Men empowerment is the core to sustainable development, wellness, stability, and progressive societies anywhere in the world and as such KEMEN are on track.

Women are now breaking the glass ceiling and as the number increase, men though not competing, should be on the forefront in welcoming them to a world they have already dominated.
The only way to do that, is to remain on top and empower more and more men so that their role as head of households cannot be shaken or taken for granted.

We need all men to work together to pursue a sustainable path that leads to economic growth of the communities that we reside in here in America and still, even extend the same to our motherland.
While doing so, there are many challenges as we have to be the custodian of social justice, economic, health, education, wellness and even political stewardship.

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We live in volatile times and hence we should always be on top to make great advances towards eradicating poverty, ignorance, corruption, moral decay and diseases as these are the ills of any society, and the same can only be achieved if we work together as a team.

We all the same must be aware that inequality persists but that can be narrowed to prevent it’s growth.
Real impact presents many challenges but as a united front, we are confident that we can meet them to yield change and the much needed progress.

Most of us grew up in a country that had many problems ranging from unable to get clean water, education to even starvation hence the need to make sure that those issues are addressed and if possible show our leaders back home how it can be achieved.

We live in a developed nation where we see things done in a more perfect way and as Diaspora men that are looked upon, we owe a duty to our children so that they may never go through some of the injustices we had to go through.
When we formed KEMEN we were aware that change does not simply happen by itself for the same has to be pursued with vigor and by all in society.

We hold family conference calls and also conference calls which are not limited to men as ladies also join us to discuss diversified issues.

We in KEMEN will not accept an aircraft that only allow a few to board while leaving the rest behind and that is why we are appealing to all to join our movement and act as ambassadors for the common good to encourage others to join for that is the morally correct thing to do.

It is the smart choice to do to avoid being left behind in this sustainable journey that we all need to take as it is in everybody’s best advantage and interest.
We all know that people in the Diaspora are busy and hence it may somehow demand long-term sacrifice but in the end it will bear fruits.

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Everyone therefore has a role to play in empowering men and bring Diaspora men to the table as key partners and to do that, it embodies the spirit of shared responsibility that is essential for achieving a better world.
During the 2019 KEMEN Summit in Atlanta successful businessmen will deliver speeches of great topics that can have a great impact in your life so do not miss this great chance.

We will also honor such men and others nominated in order for them to continue impacting and empowering men in the Diaspora and beyond.
KEMEN will later diversify and touch other areas that can affect the empowerment of men such as Human rights abuses, poor working conditions, health, immigration, discrimination, and even corruption and decision making to determine best suited leaders back home.

We will do that as we strongly feel that the mentioned issues can affect both our long-term investments and growth prospects.
All participants are requested to get involved in KEMEN agenda and also consider how you can use your expertise and resources to help promote and impact all members that have joined and will continue joining.
We need you to advance innovations and forge collaborations with others that have already made great impacts on some of the toughest common issues we face.

KEMEN is firmly committed to the power of partnerships, working with businessmen, scholars, Health experts, Tax experts, immigration lawyers, insurance, Religious men, talented men and women and in short all key stakeholders to enhance progress on all our objectives.

The immediate challenge is achieving the required impact to show a total change that will flow to all our members may it be financial, wellness, benevolence benefits but at this stage we all can boast that we have made great progress.

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Much has been achieved since inception as we have held several successful meetings, direct conference talks, and social gathering all with the purpose of impacting men and not leaving behind our women in the Diaspora.
Even though our ladies have been identified as a strategic player in reaching some of our goals, there has been no clear role for combined business in our objectives but where man succeeds, the woman will always be there and with that in mind KEMEN has a UNIVERSAL agenda.

We do hope that after the summit, there will be urgent actions towards a new dynamic movement to push forward our set up goals.
We will need your support though and your attendance, mentorship and participation will be greatly appreciated as we move forward from summit holders to an all financially stable action group that can effectively realize our set up goals.

In KEMEN we will connect the dots in the ever-growing field of responsible business initiatives, Wellness while impacting our men.
We therefore appeal to all to work together on an entirely new gigantic scale – collaborating and co-investing, share risks, realize opportunities by networking here in America and later globally to engage in business by simply using the potentials God has given us.

We have seen how powerful such collaborative efforts can achieve great things and ours is just the beginning and sky is the limit statement is just an understatement for we can go beyond.
KEMEN has helped generate a major shift in Diaspora mindset from the time it was initiated for as of today our members of great impact are now becoming role models of a better world.

Help us to respond to the urgency of our many Diaspora challenges to build a better tomorrow that will be of great impact to our children that we are raising here and the same to be extended to our brothers and sisters back home.

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Details emerge as top Kenyan student found dead in US

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Top 2013 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student Norah Jelagat Borus, was on Friday found dead at her campus residence in Stanford University in California, USA.

Norah was the 4th best student nationally in 2013 and was admitted in the School of Engineering.
Police confirmed the death Friday afternoon, noting that there is “no ongoing safety threat to the campus community.” The cause and date of the student’s death remain unknown.

Stanford Police spokesperson Bill Larson said he was unable to provide further details regarding the death. The Daily has reached out to the Santa Clara Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office for comment.

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Friday’s death is the fourth student death announced by Stanford since February. Master’s student and world-champion cyclist Kelly Catlin died in March after struggling with depression. Her death came just one month after another graduate student was found dead in a campus laboratory.

Later in March, Mischa Nee ’20 died in a hiking accident after becoming separated from a group of other Stanford undergraduates in Mallorca, Spain.

Following Nore’s death, family spokesperson Mr Joseph Maswan said some family members had travelled to the US to establish the circumstances surrounding Ms Borus’ death.

Ms Borus, who sat for her KCSE in Precious Blood Riruta, emerged the best girl in Nairobi County in the 2013 KCSE results.

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Below is the campuswide leter sent out by the Provost:

Dear campus community members,

I am writing, on behalf of the President and Provost, with terrible news to convey on this Commencement Weekend. We have lost another member of our student community.

Police this afternoon have confirmed the death of an undergraduate coterm student who was found in a residence on campus. The police have told us there is no ongoing safety threat to the campus community.

It is difficult for me to convey the depth of anguish I feel, and I know many of you will feel, at this news. It is impossibly challenging to comprehend the death of another student at Stanford this year.

We have been in touch with the student’s family this afternoon. While we are working to understand the family’s wishes, we are not in a position to share the identity of the student. We also will be reaching out to friends and colleagues of the student to offer support and care, now and over time.

I want to urge all of you, as well, to reach out for support. Many students are in the process of traveling home or elsewhere for the summer right now. Even if you are off-campus, I encourage you to contact one of the campus-based resources listed below:

  • Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for students 24/7 at (650) 723-3785 and https://vaden.stanford.edu/get-help-now. Students who are off-campus and traveling can still contact CAPS as a resource, as well as this national number for free and confidential emotional support: (800) 273-8255 and https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
  • The Graduate Life Office is available 24/7 at (650) 723-7288, pager ID number 25085, and during office hours at (650) 736-7078.
  • The Office for Religious Life offers pastoral care and spiritual guidance and can be reached at (650) 723-1762.
  • Residence Deans (RDs) are available to help undergraduates navigate support and resources during this difficult time. An on-call RD is available 24/7 at (650) 504-8022, and RDs also can be reached through this web page: https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/residence-deans/find-your-rd.
  • The Faculty Staff Help Center offers confidential assistance for faculty and staff. More information is available at https://cardinalatwork.stanford.edu/faculty-staff-help-center.

I am profoundly grieved to have to share this news, particularly in the wake of the deaths of multiple members of our campus community this year. I wanted to share the news as soon as possible, recognizing that there is clearly a need for greater conversation. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

At this moment in the year, many of us are dispersed around the globe. However, our sense of community travels with us wherever we go. I hope you will reach out to each other to extend care and support, and we at the university are here for you, as well.

Sincerely,

Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs

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Help Atlanta-based Kenyan woman in immigration custody fight for her freedom

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Well wishers and friends are appealing for your help in an attempt to secure the freedom of their compatriot who was taken into custody in Atlanta and could be facing deportation. Here is her story:

On the night of April 7th Veronica was on her way home from work when she was pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. Unfortunately In the process of completing her paperwork, her immigration status came up. This led to Veronica being taken in to custody.

We as her friends have come together to help Veronica and retained an attorney to  represent Veronica on the immigration case. We need your help to enable Veronica afford the opportunity to appeal her immigration case, gain her freedom and continue living in the US.

We are reaching out to you appealing for your compassion, goodwill and financial support to assist in raising funds towards Veronica’s attorney fees and immigration fees. The total needed for both the attorney and immigration fees is $8,000. This will help Veronica get the representation she so desperately needs and get her out of custody.

Please help bring Veronica home to her loved ones. Help us make a difference in Veronica’s life. Help her gain her freedom. Let us show that humanity and compassion still exist and thrive.

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Any size donation is greatly appreciated as we come together to bring Veronica home and help her overcome this hardship.

Your support and kindness is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten.

Donations can be sent to:
1. Cashapp: +16782056692 ($dnkatha)

2. Gofundme

For more information contact:
Dianah: 6782056692
Lucy Karuri: 6784787804

May God bless you abundantly

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