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VIDEO: Where is Uhuru? Kenyans express concern after their president is not seen in public for 2 weeks

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has not been seen in public since returning from China two weeks ago. And Kenyans, as would have been expected, are talking.

Below is a transcript of a a Citizen TV panel in which   Journalists discuss the matter:

The body of this product is a transcription of original English-language material.

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[Citizen TV announcer Yvonne Okwara] Let us talk about one man that we have not seen.

[Francis Gachuri] In fact I hear Linus talk about Madaraka Day and I hope that President Uhuru Kenyatta will attend the Madaraka Day celebrations in Narok County because he has been missing in action, actually he has been missing since the China trip. I have heard people ask did he come back. Yes he did. He is around… probably.

[Joe Ageyo] How did you know that?

[Gachuri] at least we have seen gazette notices coming around appointing various people…but it is also a confirmation that he is around. But he is under the water.

[Okwara] It reminds me of when former President Moi was in the news all the time and when he was not in the news there was concern even when it turned out that he only had flu.

[Ageyo] It is interesting actually. How often should we see the president, I think that is the question. And Kenyans have a legitimate expectation to see him once or twice in a week or whatever. Why? Because it has always been like that so if you have accustomed to this thing of seeing you all the time then when you go missing then something is wrong somewhere.

[Okwara] He went for leave last year? Was it for three weeks?

[Ageyo] But it was said by State House that he actually retreated to Mombasa to take a break.

[Okwara] But you have to see him to know he is working, he is signing gazette notices.

[Linus] Historically visibility is part of the execution of the office of the president. People want to see what you are doing and this is actually global. It is not just a Kenyan phenomenon. When Trump plays Golf in Mara-a-lago or on one of his other properties it becomes an issue especially if there are other pressing national matters that are going on there. Now in Kenya as well our culture has been where is the president? I remember late in 1997/98 when president Moi disappeared for a few days and we went to Harambee Avenue [Presidents’ office]…he disappeared for actually around four days and nobody knew where he was and remember this was item number one every time  in the news. So it was very unusual that he disappeared and he was not anywhere in the public and I remember people were crying, women were crying on Harambee avenue when he turned up and he walked and he did not have his walking stick and he pocketed his hands and he said if I get a flu you will say that I am seriously ill. Because you know presidential appearance and news items are issues of public concern and again what the role of the president is to inspire the country every time he wakes up because your office is that big. It is the national boundaries of the country. You cannot associate with offices like accountants you know.

[Okwara] But have we not been inspired because we have not seen President Uhuru Kenyatta since we last saw him in China and maybe we can just remind our viewers of the last time we saw him.

[Linus] First we do not know what happened in China. I think that is one of the images.

[Okwara] But you feel that the country has not been sufficiently…

[Ageyo] And those deals were very big. You know Avocados and all that. Probably it would be great for him to have a news brief at the airport or something.

[Linus] And Kenyans do adjust. Joe you remember very well Kibaki, former president was not also for many public appearance he was more of an office person. He could work from State House for the week, he rarely went to Harambee house, but at least information came out of what he was doing. There is being some silence from the time the president went to China.

[Ageyo] Unless he is trying to fire some people, you know there has also been a tradition in this country…you know when they want to fire some people or reshuffle or something, they disappear, and then they emerge with something that the country can talk about.

[Gachuri] I can hear Jamila from home but I wish she was here. There is some Swahili saying that Ukiona kobe ameinamisha kichwa anatunga sheria or something like that. So there is something about the silence and probably as you have alluded. Maybe something is happening behind the scenes. Maybe his reappearance will be with thunder and I hope so and in the meantime…the anticipation has been a bit too much.

[Linus] But remember that thunder only comes when there is rain. You know we have had delayed rains.

[Gachuri] But even then there are serious national issues to be addressed and there some issue that require responses and answers but maybe there is also a question about how the government communicates and we saw the appointment of Cyrus Oguna recently, maybe it speaks about some subtle shift in terms of how the government is communicating or wants to communicate issues to the public and I would not be surprised if there could be a few more changes in that line in terms of how government communicates maybe we will see a few changes here and there but let’s see.

[Okwara] To be fair there has been quite a bit of communication since the visit to China. Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma told us on Twitter very categorical on what happened and what did not happen. We have heard about Macharia and meter gauge railway or not as we are seeing on papers I mean there has been quite bit of communication. You know Nzioka Waita has been speaking about what is happening.

[Gachuri] But he is not the State House spokesperson. Is he?

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Nairobi Citizen TV in English — Kenya’s most popular channel.

 

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Important announcement to 2019 DV winners: You have until Sep 30th to secure an interview

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Individuals who  participated in the Diversity Visa program for fiscal year 2019 (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, have until September 30, 2019 to have checked whether they won and secured a visa.

The State Department says anyone who won the lottery but will not have secured a visa by the September 30 will forfeit their chance of a Diversity Visa for fiscal year 2019. The Entrant Status check online portal for DV-2019 will also close on that date.

To check if you won, have the entrant’s confirmation number, last name, and year of birth and click on this link.

DV-2019 applies to individuals who submitted their information on the State Department website during the DV-2017 open registration period which ran between October 3rd, 2017 and November 7th, 2017.

Administered by the Department of State, the Diversity Visa program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas/green cards available to nationals of countries with low rates of immigration into the US. Millions of foreign nationals participate in the program each year.

SOURCE: –Mwakilishi.com

 

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Announcement to DV-2019 Winners: You have until September 30th to secure a Green Card Interview and Visa

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Individuals who  participated in the Diversity Visa program for fiscal year 2019 (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, have until September 30, 2019 to have checked whether they won and secured a visa.

The State Department says anyone who won the lottery but will not have secured a visa by the September 30 will forfeit their chance of a Diversity Visa for fiscal year 2019. The Entrant Status check online portal for DV-2019 will also close on that date.

To check if you won, have the entrant’s confirmation number, last name, and year of birth and click on this link.

DV-2019 applies to individuals who submitted their information on the State Department website during the DV-2017 open registration period which ran between October 3rd, 2017 and November 7th, 2017.

Administered by the Department of State, the Diversity Visa program makes 50,000 permanent resident visas/green cards available to nationals of countries with low rates of immigration into the US. Millions of foreign nationals participate in the program each year.

SOURCE: –Mwakilishi.com

 

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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.

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.

by nation.co.ke

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