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Ruto: I won’t stop raising church funds

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Deputy President William Ruto has vowed to continue supporting churches.

Dr Ruto, who raised funds for more than 20 churches in Turkana County on Sunday, said that his critics must know that going to church and making contributions for their development is voluntary and no one should feel offended.

“We will continue to support churches and all religious groups. Those who are against church contributions will face God on judgement day,” the DP said at Naperebei Kingdom Sanctuary at Nakwamekwi in Lodwar town.

He advised leaders to be selfless and remain united for the benefit of all citizens.

He said that early this year, he helped raise Sh400 million for churches to ensure that at least 24 tribes have the Bible translated in their local languages.

Led by Governor Josphat Nanok, area MPs James Lomenen (Turkana South), John Lodepe (Turkana Central) and Mohammed Ali Lokiru (Turkana East) praised Dr Ruto’s efforts in contributing to the development of churches.

The leaders criticised Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga of only thinking about Turkana during electioneering period.

Mr Nanok said Dr Ruto, like other God fearing leaders, was contributing his own money towards the development of churches.

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“I will also continue attending church fundraisers whenever I am invited and I urge all leaders to follow suit,” said Governor Nanok.

Mr Lomenen said politicians must contribute to the development of churches and asked the Deputy President to continue supporting them.

“Any leader who does not support Turkana residents during the hour of need will not get votes from here,” Mr Lomenen said.

Dr Ruto will on Monday finalise his tour of Turkana by launching key projects that include the construction of a Sh7.5 billion road in Turkana West. The road links Kenya to South Sudan through Nakodok border centre. He will also launch the Sh1.5 billion Kainuk bridge.

Turkana leaders vowed to work with the national government.

The DP began his development tour of the county in Turkana South Sub County on Saturday where he launched the construction of a Sh50 million Aroo Teachers Training College in Ekamarese centre within Lokichar Ward.

The Dr Ruto said the college will help address the issue of teacher shortage as well as provide an opportunity for youth in Turkana and the country at large.

He also opened the newly constructed Turkana South CDF office in Lokichar town before heading for Super Women Group-organised fundraiser at Baraza Park.

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Dr Ruto also visited Lokori in Turkana East Constituency where he opened Lokori Technical Training College.

Three more technical colleges are being constructed in Turkana North, Turkana Central and Loima constituencies.

“The four technical colleges in Turkana County will ensure that youth acquire relevant skills, competence and knowledge to drive country’s development programme in achieving our Big Four Agenda” Dr Ruto said.

source:nation.co.ke

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Man accuses pastor of eloping with his wife

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A businessman from Juja Farm, KiambuCounty, has accused a pastor who presided over his wedding of eloping with his wife of 26 years.

Mr John Kanyua, a father of five, alleged the pastor supported them and even signed their marriage certificate.

Mr Kanyua claimed the pastor’s relationship with his wife started when his wife was appointed an assistant pastor of a church in Juja Farm.

“I objected Mr Kanyua’s appointment as an assistant pastor, but he (my husband) was determined to have his way. I confronted Mr Kanyua’s wife and threatened her not to play games with my husband,” said the pastor’s wife of 34 years.

The pastor’s wife says her husband soon began to invite Mrs Kanyua for family dinner.

“I confronted Mr Kanyua and asked him to keep his wife away from my husband, the two later eloped in 2015,” she added.

Mr Kanyua alleges that bishop would visit his house in the morning and spend the entire day locked with his wife in the house until he sought the intervention of the local administration and the church.

“The pastor later eloped with my wife and children and rented a house at a nearby market,” Mr Kanyua said.

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Mr Kanyua alleges his parents-in-law have since asked him to accept a compensation of the dowry he paid to pave way for their daughter’s new wedding.

He alleges the pastor has informed his children of his intention to marry another wife after separating with their mother.

Mr Kanyua says he still pays school fees for his children and sends them foodstuffs.

“I won’t sit back and watch another man take away my family, I will not allow the wedding to continue,” said Mr Kanyua adding that he is ready to forgiver his wife.

The pastor’s wife says she still does not understand why her husband turned against her.

“We have passed through a lot when we started the church, I won’t allow him to marry a stranger,” she said.

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Immigration Advice: How to Avoid Losing Your Green Card Or Becoming Ineligible for Naturalization

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Each year, about one million people receive US permanent resident status, also known as green cards. Lawful US permanent resident status gives an individual the right to live and work permanently in the United States.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) however says this right is only provided on condition that the green card holder does not commit any actions that would make them removable from the country under immigration law.

Failure to follow some guidelines could make green card holders be at risk of deportation, or make them ineligible for US citizenship.

USCIS and Immigration law experts provide some guidelines on how to maintain permanent resident status:

  • Maintain permanent residence in the US. The US government will find you to have abandoned your permanent resident status if you remain outside the US for a period of more than one year. If you intend to be out of the country for more than one year as a green card holder, USCIS and immigration experts advice you to first obtain a re-entry permit before leaving the US.
  • Do not commit crime. In addition to penalties you will face for committing crime, USCIS says those offenses are also considered immigration violations. Permanent residents who commit serious crimes such as murder, rape, sexual assault on minors, fraud, terrorist activities, drugs and people trafficking, could lose their lawful permanent resident status and also become ineligible for naturalization in the future.
  • Always file taxes, and make sure to file the US resident tax return (Federal Form 1040). This applies even if all your income was earned outside the US.
  • Never claim to be a US citizen when you are not, whether verbally or in writing. Immigrants are especially warned that claiming to be a citizen to a law enforcement officer is considered a serious crime and could make you deported if found guilty, or make you ineligible for naturalization.
  • Permanent residents are warned to never vote in national, state or local elections that require voters to be US citizens. There are criminal penalties for illegal voting. Such voting could also lead to the loss of your green card.
  • Do not be a habitual drunkard. A permanent resident who is deemed to be drunk or uses illegal drugs most of the time is ineligible to become a US citizen.
  • Failing to support your family or pay child or spousal support could make permanent residents lose their green cards or ineligible for naturalization.
  • Males between the ages of 18 and 25 are required by US law to register for the Selective Service.
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SOURCE: –mwakilishi.com

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Safaricom achieves 50pc female employees target

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Safaricom says it has achieved 50 percent share of female employees on its payroll, coming amid an increase in the number of direct and indirect jobs it sustained in the last financial year growing nine percent to 979,000.

This is according to the telco’s 2019 Sustainable Business Report released on Thursday in which the firm also announced a plan to plant five million trees in the next five years as part of a carbon offset programme.

“We have achieved a 50:50 gender balance among our employees and 34 percent of senior management are women. In addition, 2.1 percent of our staff are persons living with disabilities,” the report notes.

In the year under review, the firm says 178 women-owned businesses were pre-qualified under its Women in Business initiative.

The firm supports 167,083 M-Pesa agents, 433 dealers, 1,138 suppliers, 4,503 permanent employees as well as other stakeholders.

The company had a staff headcount of 6,323 (permanent and contract staff) as at March 2019, an increase from 6,130 in 2018.

The latest Sustainable Business Report also notes that the telco disciplined 78 staff in the last financial year, even as an earlier released annual report had indicated that Safaricom fired 31 employees in the year ended March 2019 over fraud.

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“We consistently review our compliance with regulatory obligations, particularly those surrounding fraud, corruption and anti-money laundering legislation,” the report adds.

by nation.co.ke

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