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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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Dedication of Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) new location in Atlanta this weekend

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Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) 10th Anniversary, Conference and church dedication are all happening this weekend beginning Friday July 19th through Sunday July 21st at the new location:  1345 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, Georgia, 30067.

The Guest Speaker will be Bishop Sammy Muya who will lead a host of other worship Ministers, including Ms Nelly Nemaiyan and Mr&Mrs Zablon Wangila.

“These will be three Great Days of God’s Word, Worship and celebration,” says the host Bishop, Rev Dr Joe Wamutitu.

“The stage is all set for the Conference and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for His people even as we celebrate what he has already done,” says First lady Antoninah Wamutitu.

“He has been our strong refuge and anchor for our souls. Come celebrate with us God’s faithfulness for 10 years and the blessings of sanctuary. Great is His faithfulness,” she adds.

This is a free event. Learn more about the church by clicking here.

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How Raila convinced Uhuru to rename City Stadium after Joe Kadenge

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Nairobi’s City Stadium will be renamed after the late Kenyan football icon Joe Kadenge.

Kadenge passed on at the Meridian Hospital in Nairobi on Sunday, July 7 after a lengthy battle with stroke.

Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday, June 16, was accompanied by Amani National Congress head Musalia Mudavadi to a fundraiser at All Saints Cathedral – purposed specifically to raise funds to help foot the bill of Kadenge’s burial.

During his speech, Raila revealed he engaged President Uhuru Kenyatta on renaming Nairobi’s City Stadium after the now-departed legend.

“Joe was a legend and that is why I proposed to President Kenyatta on the possibility of renaming City Stadium in his honour,” he said.

He also highlighted following the President’s orders, Kadenge’s South B home would be handed to his family, with Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to see through the paperwork.

“It was Joe’s wish that the house in Mariakani estate be handed over to him and that wish was granted by the President,” Raila added.

Kadenge’s family had earlier appealed for funds from well-wishers, estimating the full budget to be Sh5 million.

“I have talked to President Uhuru Kenyatta on the renaming of City Stadium to Joe Kadenge Stadium. Both of us have spoken with Governor Mike Sonko on the matter,” the ODM leader posted on Twitter.

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The former Premier contributed Sh1 million, with President Uhuru Kenyatta also donating out a similar amount. Governor Sonko also contributed Sh1 million, with ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi giving out Sh150,000.

Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris contributed Sh50,000, with COTU boss Francis Atwoli, Westlands MP Tim Wanyonyi and ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna donating Sh200,000, Sh100,000 and Sh50,000 respectively.

Regarded as the FINEST footballer ever produced by Kenya, Kadenge played for Maragoli United and scored the fastest ever goal in the Kenyan Premier League.

The legend played for Abaluyha United and won the Kenya Premier League in 1966.

This was after he made a comeback to football after hanging his boots in 1965, guiding Harambee Stars to win the inaugural East and Central Africa Challenge Cup.

In 1970, Kadenge stepped down as a player and went into coaching and was later appointed the national team’s head coach.

Kadenge was named Harambee Stars coach in 2002 before suffering a stroke in 2006.

He will be buried on Saturday, July 20, in Soliani Village, Vihiga County.

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Meet the British Woman behind some of the most fiery Uhuru speeches as presidential candidate

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A high-profile Brexiteer and Member of the European Parliament has admitted that she secretly worked for Cambridge Analytica in the 2017 election campaign in Kenya.

Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips made the admission to the UK’s Channel 4 News after initially denying any involvement with the disgraced data firm, and pressuring journalists to drop the story.

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She backtracked only after Channel 4 News obtained a recording of an interview from 2017 in which she confirms she had been “employed by Cambridge Analytica to work for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta”.

Cambridge Analytica, created around 2013 with an initial focus on the US elections, denies meddling in the 2017 Kenya polls, even though Mr Mark Turnbull, then MD of the firm, had been quoted by CNBC as saying they “rebranded the entire (Jubilee) party twice, wrote their manifesto, and conducted two rounds of 50,000 (participant) surveys”.

The admission by Ms Phillips will further dent the digital marketing firm’s controversial image.

In a statement released to Channel 4 News, Ms Phillips admitted working for SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, on President Kenyatta’s re-election campaign.

“In Kenya, I worked as a freelance contractor – focusing on speech writing – with the team of President Kenyatta. This work was sub-contracted out to me by SCL, which went on to become a different company,” she said.

Cambridge Analytica was exposed by an undercover Channel 4 News investigation last year in which company bosses were filmed boasting of dirty tricks and influencing elections across the world.

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They were caught bragging about smear campaigns, bribing politicians, and seeding “unattributable, untrackable” propaganda onto the internet in a bid to sway campaigns for clients.

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The 2017 poll was marred by misinformation, with fake news spread across the country via the internet and on smartphones. Mr Kenyatta’s opponent Raila Odinga was smeared with a series of viral videos, including one notoriously depicting apocalyptic scenes if he were to emerge victorious.

No one in Kenya seemingly knew who was behind the video. Cambridge Analytica denied any involvement with the content, and any role in negative political campaigning in Kenya. But a few months after the election, Mr Odinga accused the firm of tarnishing his name, and even threatened to sue it and Facebook for “devilish propaganda”.

“I have been a victim of fake news. The international community has failed to rein them in,” Mr Odinga told participants in an address at Chatham House in the UK.

“I am disappointed that Facebook agreed to cooperate in this clandestine enterprise… we are actually contemplating legal action.”

“Cambridge Analytica was running a platform you would see my picture with very negative stories every time you opened a page. Once the campaigns were over, you could not see those pages, making it difficult to seek legal redress.”

Mr Kenyatta came to power in 2013 and won a second and final term in 2018, defeating Mr Odinga by 1.4 million votes. The Supreme Court nullified the vote, citing procedural irregularities, and ordered a second election.

HEFTY FINE

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Facebook already faces a Sh500 billion fine in the US over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved the hefty fine, which needs approval from the Justice Department. Since March 2018, FTC has been investigating allegations of the political consultancy firm improperly obtaining data of up to 87 million Facebook users. If approved, the fine will be the biggest penalty against a technology company by the federal government. In 2012, Google was fined Sh2.2 billion for privacy violation.

When initially questioned by Channel 4 News on camera, Ms Phillips denied working for Cambridge Analytica or even knowing anyone on its political campaign team.

“I didn’t work for them at all. That’s libellous,” she said. “I’m being very serious now. You’re actually propagating a load of misinformation that’s been put online…based on nothing,” she said.

“If you want to talk about the Cambridge Analytica campaign, speak to them, not me. I don’t know them. I really don’t know the people.”

Ms Phillips pressured the journalists to drop the story, before calling her lawyers.

“And if you use this online, it’s going to be very difficult. And actually, please don’t pursue that because there’s going to be a lot of things that might be happening over the next weeks… months…which is going to make life very difficult. I’m being serious. I’ve never been employed by Cambridge Analytica in my life,” she threatened.

However, Channel 4 News obtained an audio recording of an interview from 2017 in which Ms Phillips told how she was secretly employed by Cambridge Analytica to work for Mr Kenyatta’s Jubilee party.

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‘AIR HOSTESS’

“I’ve not been able to speak to you because I’ve been under my contract, which finished yesterday,” she says in the recording.

“So now I’m able to talk. But whilst I’m under contract with Cambridge Analytica, if they’d found that I’d spoken to a journalist about them, then, you know what I mean non-disclosure agreements and all the rest of it? I wasn’t working for Jubilee. I was employed by Cambridge Analytica, who had the contract with Jubilee.”

“I was brought on as a political communications consultant for the Kenya project. I’d be writing the President’s speeches and his talking points for rallies and State House statements. I trained their communications team; they’re all sort of journalists who came together to create a press office, so I had to train them.”

She said the work was so sensitive that she was told if anyone asked what she was doing in the country, she must tell them she was working as an air hostess.

In the interview, Ms Phillips also said the contract was valued at £300,000 (about Sh3.8 million) a month, and would add up to around $6 million (Sh600 million).

In a statement released to Channel 4 News last night, Phillips said: “Out of respect for those whom I served, I will continue to respect the confidentiality agreements that I signed upon accepting the role in Kenya. And I will not be bullied by agenda-driven, guilt-by-association reporting.”

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