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Kenyan woman Nancy Waithera Givens dies in US

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It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Nancy Waithera Givens of Nashua, New Hampshire
Nancy Givens was  a long time member of St Stephen’s Church Lowell and an active member of the mother’s union.

She was  mother to Jackson Mwangi, Wanjiru Lillian Givens and stepmother to Keith Givens.

Friends and relatives  are meeting daily for prayers and funeral  arrangements starting 6pm daily.

Venue: 2D Black Oak Drive Nashua, New Hampshire.

May 19th 2019 (5/19/19) at 4pm: Memorial Service and fundraiser at St Stephen’s Church Lowell, Massachusetts; 279 West 6th Street Lowell, Massachusetts.

May 20th 2019 (5/20/19): Wake at Davis Funeral Home Nashua, New Hampshire .

May 21 2019 (5/21/19): Funeral service followed by burial in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Donations: May be given to Christine Kiama (Cheque under her name Christine Kiama and a CashApp number no $ (603) 557-0470).

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Contacts:

  • Kariuki Kimungu: 603-320-9858
  • Big Mbugua: 781-799-6105
  • Joyce Gathoni: 978-866-6994
  • Rev.Capt Josephat Kamau: 978-608-3482
  • Christine Kiama: (603) 557-0470
  • Mr Mbatia: 603-508-2270

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Are city’s nightclubs havens for cleaning dirty cash?

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Before an avalanche of misfortunes befell them, B Club and Kiza Lounge, two upscale nightclubs in Nairobi’s Kilimani area, ruled the city’s nightlife.

A night was simply not complete, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, if one had not been to Galana Plaza, where the two clubs are located. Traffic jams at 2.30am on Galana road became commonplace as revellers hassled to find parking.

If you were lucky to get past the security – who would check minor details such as your dress code – the interiors of B Club and Kiza were a sight to behold.

At Kiza, you had the option of partying at any of its five lounges where drinks were sold at different prices. It had a ballroom, a VIP section, a main lounge, a terrace and a cigar lounge.

At B Club, a parking lot full of high-end cars gave an aura of opulence. Then you would meet a futuristic Sh50 million tron motorcyle at the entrance, a spot for which revellers would fight for selfie moments.

Then came a complaint of noise pollution by the residents of Kilimani, who demanded that the two clubs be shut down. The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) ordered their closure but they were reopened shortly after, leading to a court battle that would eventually cause the two clubs to be shut down.

“The clubs’ continued operation of the business within the petitioner’s area of residence is a violation of their rights to life and right to a clean and healthy environment as contemplated in the Constitution,” noted Justice Loice Komingo in her ruling on October 29, 2019.

But a shocker had come about a month to the ruling, when a special unit tracked down Nigerien Ali Omarou to Nyahururu, where he had gone into hiding, brought him to Nairobi and drove him straight to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where they then put him on a plane to Niamey, Niger’s capital city and stamped his passport persona non grata.

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A stop order was then circulated by the Serious Crimes Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to all international entry points with an order to arrest Mr Omarou if he attempted to return to Kenya.

Before his deportation, Ali Kiza, as he is known, had tried in vain to get his work permit renewed. Sensing that he was about to be arrested and deported, Mr Omarou, who had become a common face in Nairobi’s social circles, suddenly disappeared.

Meanwhile, he instructed his lawyers to sue the government for declining to renew his work permit. But before the suit reached the courts, a deportation order was signed by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i on August 14 and detectives went after him.

“His work permit had expired and we realised that he was part of an international criminal gang,” said Wangui Muchiri, the Interior ministry spokesperson.

Mr Omarou’s deportation, the subsequent closure of Kiza Lounge afterwards and now B Club shifted the spotlight to the owners of the city’s nightclubs.

From digging the past of Barry Ndengeyingoma alias Ndegeye, the Rwandan owner of B Club, the Saturday Nation found allegations of money laundering.

Mr Omarou came to Kenya in 2014 – a year before Ndegeye – from Dubai, where, according to previous interviews, he used to run a restaurant.

Apart from running Kiza, the Nigerien said he was also the chairman and managing director of Linkers International, a company that dealt in hospital supplies in Africa.

But to the Kenyan government, he was a criminal. Since March last year, the government has been clamping down on businesses it suspected were fronts for criminal networks, drugs traffickers, racketeers and money launderers. A number of night clubs have shut down in the past year, due to the stricter regulations, and a struggling economy.

The entertainment industry, which has for a long time been seen to be growing due to Kenyans’ love for partying especially in the capital city, is thought to be playing a huge part in hiding illegal money and for trafficking of drugs.

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Night clubs, luxury car sale yards and casinos have emerged as other hot spots for money laundering, according to people aware of the contents of Kenya’s Draft National Risk Assessment set to be completed by the end of the month by an anti-money laundering task force set up in March last year.

The team comprises 30 institutions and departments, including the Capital Markets Authority, Kenya Bankers Association, DCI, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, the Immigration Department, Anti-Narcotics Uni, Anti-Terrorism Police Unit, Asset Recovery Agency and the NGO Co-ordination Board.

The report of this team, whose mandate was to establish the extent of money laundering, is expected to craft Kenya’s first ever national strategy on combating money laundering and terrorism financing by March 31. This will set the stage for a crackdown on suspects.

“Kenya has never done a risk assessment (on money laundering). Once we do a risk assessment we are able then to put more resources in the areas where the highest risk would be identified,” said Assets Recovery Agency director Muthoni Kimani during the launch of the task force. “We know (the risk areas), but we have to document them.”

Nightclubs, by their very nature, have huge cash inflows and un-invoiced expenditures. A supervisor of a popular nightclub that is still operating says they can make up to Sh4 million on a good night.

“The first two weeks of the month are for generating money for all expenses and the other two are profit for the owners,” said the supervisor.

Some are suspected of cleaning proceeds from illegal activities like drugs and corruption.

A number of government officials, including ministers, are said to own stakes in some popular nightclubs, one of them on Lang’ata road. The fact that the Alcoblow check points are never mounted on the stretch of road leading to the club is attributed to its influential owners.

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Under the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act and banking regulations, Kenyan financial institutions and entities are mandated to report to the Financial Reporting Centre if they notice suspicious transactions.

“While banks are subject to Know Your Customer and Suspicious Transaction Reports, alcohol by its nature is sold mostly on a cash basis just like everything else in entertainment,” says Charles Mwalimu, a criminal lawyer.

“It is also impossible to track the movement of stock or what has been paid in terms of bills by an entity unless the owners want to, which makes it easy for criminals to be involved in the nightclub business,” he says.

Three months ago, detectives from the DCI raided Plan 254 Club in Kilimani, Nairobi, and confiscated fake US dollars amounting to Sh1 million plus 147 fake gold bars hidden in a safe. They arrested a number of suspects, including flamboyant personality Stephen Mark Oduk.

Mr Oduk, who also goes by the alias Lucas Mbadi, has a number of cases in court related to dealing in fake gold and money laundering.

Don Bosco Gichana, another flamboyant personality who was in 2018 released from a Tanzanian jail after being fined Sh13.7 million after pleading guilty to conspiracy and money laundering had, among properties associated to him in his heyday, Capri 7 Lounge in Hurlingham.

Likewise, Nigerian drug lord Anthony Chinedu, who was deported from Kenya, had, for over 15 years, operated the Deep West nightclub and at Nairobi West.

His estranged Kenyan wife Joyce Akinyi was in August last year arrested at the same club with four kilos of white powder believed to be cocaine.

By NN

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MUM STORIES: My employer saved my life

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The societal reflection about many employers, especially in white collar jobs, is that they will seek advances to gain a more personal relationship besides the work relationship they have with their employees.

Often this leads to discrimination, harassment or even individual frustration which leads to an individual losing their job.

But this is not always the case, as employers can also develop a very close relationship with their employees.

In the case of Winrose Wanza, her employer changed her life when it hit rock bottom.

Speaking to a Nation reporter, she narrates her story of how she hit rock bottom after moving to Kangemi, Nyeri County. She has been living with her family in Nyeri since 2014.

Despite moving across different towns with her family looking for a place to settle, marriage eventually brought her to settle down in Nyeri.

Luckily, she secured a job as a laboratory technician at a local clinic, though it was not long lasting.

As Winrose narrates, her scuffles started after her husband lost his job in late December 2017. He fell into a near depressive state and this required her to step up for her family.

They were both not in a good financial position to support their family hence she had to look for whichever job that she could find.

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Having pursued a certificate  in medical laboratory at Mt Kenya University  and acquired a diploma in purchase and supplies at Kenya Institute of Management, she could not practice her skills just yet, making it hard for her to get a stable job.

Eventually, she was  able to secure a job as a cleaner at Diana Medical Clinic .

Life became brutal since it was barely manageable with a daily pay of just Sh400 to feed her family of four. It was tougher when it was time to pay the rent.

Seven months down the line, Winrose resorted to working extra hours as a hawker. Her day would then start at 4am, where she would make homemade pancakes and sell them and then resume her normal duties at the clinic.

Out of empathy, her employer. Mrs Agnes Maura decided to help her out. Mrs Maura, whom she refers to as her ‘mum ‘supported her for months till Winrose was able to pick herself up again.

 “After watching my struggle, she gave me Sh10,000 which I used to clear school fees for my son since he was joining grade 1. She later decided to give me one thousand shillings at every end of the week which would be as a form of support until my husband secured a job,” she states.

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Amidst her struggle, Winrose found out she was expectant. She had to work until her husband was able to secure a job in August 2018.

Currently, Ms Wanza is still working at Diana Medical Clinic and is happily raising her three children. Her husband resides and works in Nairobi at a consultancy firm.

BY Nation

 

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I won’t go for another term, Uhuru tells elders

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that he will not go for a third term in 2022.

In a meeting attended by politicians and Kikuyu Council of Elders at Gicheha Farm in Nakuru on January 17, 2020, the Head of State confirmed that he was not keen on going for another term.

This comes when the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is gathering momentum.

Mr Kenyatta has in the past refused to be drawn into the succession debate. Instead, he has insisted that he is only interested in pushing for his development Agenda through the Big Four Agenda.

An elder who attended the meeting said that the Constitution is clear on the two terms for the President and it would not be prudent for the President to go for a third term.

“It is not possible for Mr Kenyatta to run again after the end of his term (in 2022) because the law doesn’t allow him,” said the elder.

A senior Kikuyu Council of Elders official told the Nation that the President is not interested in a third term.

“He said he will not vie for the presidency in 2022 and he will be an ordinary raia(citizen) like us. He said he will not waste even a single minute after his term comes to an end and that is why he is keen on pushing for BBI that will distribute the national cake to all Kenyans,” said another elder.

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He said that Mr Kenyatta urged the elders to popularise the report.

The elder said that President told the more than 400 elders and politicians that he is keen on leaving a legacy of a united country.

“The President said he will work tirelessly until his last day in office to ensure he leaves a united country,” he said.

During the meeting, Governor Lee Kinyanjui was told to work closely with the elders to popularise BBI in Nakuru County.

Mr Kenyatta has in the past said he was not interested of hanging on to power. However, his close allies like former Jubilee deputy chairman David Murathe and Central Organisation of Trade Unions General-Secretary Francis Atwoli have hinted that he is ‘too young to retire’ after 2022.

by Nation.co.ke

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