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Long queues as Kenyans in US rush to beat Thursday deadline to acquire Huduma Namba at the Embassy in DC

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The deadline for Kenyans in the Diaspora to acquire Huduma Namba is two days away, and for many Kenyans living in the United States completing the application process at the Kenya Embassy in Washington, DC has been frustrating.

Kenyans living in various states across the US have rushed to heed to the Kenyan government’s call for the Diaspora to acquire Huduma Namba by June 20th, 2019. Those registering for Huduma Namba are required to first complete an online form, download it, and then appear in person for Biometrics capture at their closest Kenyan embassy or consulate.

Several Kenyans resident in the US have reached out to Mwakilishi.com complaining of the inconveniences of traveling long distances to Washington, DC for the registration process, long lines and waits at the Embassy, and last of organization among Embassy staff.

Things are complicated further by Kenyans going to the Embassy to acquire ePassports to beat the deadline of September 1st set by the government for all Kenyans to acquire ePassports. The government announced that non-digital Kenyan passports will cease being valid for travel beginning September 1st. The application process for an ePassport also requires the applicant to visit the Embassy in person for Biometrics capture.

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On most days, long lines stretch outside the Embassy in Washington, DC as Kenyans seek either Huduma Namba or ePassports. Some Kenyans have complained of spending up to three days in Washington, DC and incurring huge travel and accommodation costs as they are sometimes forced to stay in Washington for days in order to complete the process.

Dr Paul Mukundi, a resident of Baltimore , Maryland expressed surprise at the chaotic approach at the Embassy during his recent visit to the Embassy. “There were hundreds of people,” he told Mwakilishi.com, “and when the embassy cannot anticipate the number of clients they’ll have on any day, they should have a what-if plan for any eventuality.” Dr Mukundi, who had his wife and two year old son, watched as his son and numerous other kids and babies cried for hours in the scorching heat. Everything was made worse by the fact that there was no clear system in place. Those seeking all types of services made a line that snaked around R street, despite the fact that some of them who required visas and passports were much fewer in number, said Dr Mukundi.

Faith Kavoi, a resident of New Jersey says she travelled to Washington, DC last Friday only to be told her application for an ePassport had been rejected by the system and was told to go back to the Embassy on Monday. Her return on Monday was still fruitful, as she was told to return to the Embassy on yet another day.

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“I came to the Embassy on Friday from New Jersey. They told me that my application for my epassport was rejected by their system and that I should come back on Monday. I had to rent a hotel and stay in Washington DC for three days. I came back today Monday and I was told that I have to come another day because they had to consult somebody in Kenya. Finally, a person who had had the same problem advices to apply again and pay again because the embassy officials keep telling you to come back a day or two later, but nothing ever happens.  I have not only paid twice for one epassport but I’ve also had to spend so much money renting a hotel room,” Faith tells Mwakilishi.com.

Kenyans outside the Embassy in Washinton, DC

Rev Dr Sammy Kamwenji, who travelled recently all the way from Elkhart, Indiana to acquire Huduma Namba, says the procedure for processing the Huduma number application needs more strategic planning. He says that when he arrived at the Embassy, there were lots of people in the queue who had come very early in morning. “We arrived around 945am and by then the line was already so long. We were finally served around 6pm. We appreciate the diligence of all those who were tirelessly processing the applications. They were very kind and understanding. However more man-power would really help achieve a smooth flow. More processing satellite offices across USA would be of great help to the diaspora community,” Rev Dr Kamwenji says.

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James Karichu flew with his wife all the way from San Francisco, California to apply for an ePassport, and says they along other people including small children spent an entire day in the scorching sun in the line outside the Embassy. “No one cares about Older parents, women babies crying in the scorching sun. There is no proper information,” Karichu tells Mwakilishi.com.

SOURCE: Mwakilishi.com

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VIDEO: Lauren urgently needs help , seeks a kidney from someone who is either ‘A’ or ‘O’ type blood

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Lauren Fulford of Atlanta, Georgia, has been battling kidney failure for over 7 years and she’s running out of time! The situation is dire and only a transplant in the immediate future will save her life!

To learn more about the living donor process or to start testing, please contact Leanne Whitehead, RN, the Living Donor Coordinator at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta and reference Lauren Fulford. Leanne’s number is 404.605.4605. Lauren can receive a kidney from a donor with
A or O blood type.

Here the story as told herself.

MY STORY: ROUND 1

When I was 15 (1994), I was diagnosed with end stage-kidney failure due to immune-complex glomerulonephritis (in other words, my immune system attacked my kidneys and doctors were unable to determine why). Both kidneys I was born with had zero function at that point. Consequently, I was put on dialysis within four months of finding out I was sick.  I was fortunate enough to get a kidney transplant from my father at age 16.  Dad’s kidney got me through high school, college, and most of graduate school.

Watch the video below:

 

MY STORY: ROUND 2

Nine years after the transplant (at age 25), I learned that my body was rejecting the transplanted kidney.  Turns out that my anti-rejection medications were toxic to the kidney over time, and doctors should have switched me to newer medications…but didn’t.  I was once again back on dialysis.  Again, through the support of my wonderful family, I received a second transplant from my younger sister (my brother and other sister were tested but were not matches).  This time, I had multiple complications with the surgery and subsequent rejection episodes for the first six months.

Luren Fulford

Ultimately, my body accepted the kidney.

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MY STORY: ROUND 3

Fast forward six years to 2010…I consistently was not feeling well.  I was very anemic, always tired, and thought I had along-lasting case of the flu.  After months of blood work and tests, I found out that I was yet again in the early stages of kidney failure and began dialysis for a third time.  My doctor informed me that a trend was recently discovered, indicating that transplant recipients who have received two kidneys from immediate family members were rejecting the second transplant after five to seven years (it was previously expected to last ten plus years).  In addition, when I was having surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, the doctor accidentally nicked the transplanted kidney, causing it to go into shock and it never fully recovered.  In 2012, the kidney was dead and had to be removed since it was making me sick.

WHAT’S GOING ON TODAY:

I am now 39 years old.  I have been on dialysis for over seven years and it has many challenging effects.  I have been told that I am “highly sensitized” (I have high antibody counts) due to having two previous transplants.

My doctors told me that I have less than a 10% chance of finding a kidney.  To prove them wrong, my friends and family started the testing process but no match has been found.  I’m hopeful that someone out there will be a match but time is running out.

SPREAD THE WORD

Tell your friends and family and neighbors and Facebook friends and literally anyone you can think of about Lauren’s story – the more people that know, the more of a chance she has to find a donor and STAY ALIVE!

If you have additional questions, email LaurenNeedsAKidney@gmail.com

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VIDEO: Kenyan man in US charged with sex trafficking and having carnal knowledge of a minor

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A 45 year old Kenyan man from Fort Worth, Texas, is facing charges of trafficking a child. Meshack Ominde was arrested and has since bonded out of jail.

According to court documents released Tuesday and seen by ksnmedia.com, Ominde was driving around a Fort Worth neighborhood last month when he saw two 14-year-old girls who told him they had been kicked out of their homes by their parents.

Police say he gave them each $20, bought them food at Whataburger eatery and paid for a hotel room on East Loop 820 in Fort Worth.

However, Ominde told the investigators that he went to the girls’ hotel room on Oct. 8, drove one of them for doughnuts and touched the girl’s breast, but he never had sex with her, according to an arrest warrant.

The 14-year-old girl told Fort Worth police Ominde took her to his office where he had sex with her and asked to take pictures of her breasts, according to the warrant obtained by the local media.

 

 

The warrant written by Detective V. Coronado gave this brief account of the incident:

On Oct. 7, the two 14-year-old girls were walking together on an unknown Fort Worth street. The two ran away from home the previous weekend.

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A man approached them and offered to get them a hotel room and food. That man was later identified as Meshack Ominde.

 

One of the girls said he took them to Goodwill to buy clothes and to a hotel near a highway.

On Oct. 8, Ominde came to their rooms, where he performed a sex act on one of the girls while she was under the bed covers. He then took that girl and told her they were going to get doughnuts and food. He asked her if the girls wanted to have a threesome and she said no.

Ominde told the girl she would need to have sex with him in exchange for the hotel room, according to the warrant. The girl said they had sex at his office. He then returned her to the hotel room and left.

Later on Oct. 8, Fort Worth police responded to two runaway girls at the Economy Inn, 5420 E. Loop 820, in Fort Worth. Initially, officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had found them in the hotel room.

The girls later told detectives about the sexual abuse, according to the warrant.

Ominde was freed after he posted $100,000 bail on Monday.

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EXPLAINED: Visitor’s Visa, Work Visa or Student Visa- How can you come and work in USA?

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BY BOB MWITI

Well, I get asked so many questions on a daily basis about living and working in USA and I try to answer them on my inbox as much as possible.

If you inbox me and I don’t respond immediately, please just give me time and I will.

So I will explain a bit about the above 3 visas, in the best way possible.

I don’t sugar-coat things and this may not be for you if all you want to hear is the sweet stuff!!

Also, please understand that in this post, I am only addressing those with at least a Bachelor’s degree.

Now, let me start with the visit visa.

If you are a young university graduate and your intention is to get a visit visa so that you can come and work here, please stop that madness!

That is a wrong approach and chances are you will not set foot in America.

It is extremely hard to get visit visa approval, if you DO NOT have strong ties to your home country, which most young people don’t have and therefore are considered a high risk for visa overstay!

Honestly speaking, a visit visa is the worst visa that you can use to come to America if your intention is to remain here and work.

Are we together??…This is the bitter truth that no one will tell you out there!….Don’t be ignorant!..Be wise!

Well, If you are lucky to get a visit visa, once you are here you will just be working under the table because you won’t have the right working immigration documents.

However, this type of visa may be a “good” one for you if you are;

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1. Extremely desperate and you have no Job back home.

2. You really don’t care being in America without the correct working documents and risking deportation.

3. You don’t mind not seeing your family back home for a long period of time.

If you tick all those 3 boxes, then Yes, a visit visa may be a “good” one for you.

Again,I repeat, this is the worst visa to come with if your sole intention is to live and work in America long term.

I hope I am clear.

How about work visa?

Work visas are extremely hard to get because you must actually get a highly skilled Job offer here first, then your to-be employer will have to file for your work papers from these sides for you.

Once that is approved, then you can seek the visa at the Embassy in your country of domicile.

The problem is, although work visas exist, it is very hard to find companies who are willing to sponsor you especially if you are in Africa.

Yes, a lot of Indians do come here on work visas such as L1, and H1Bs but the reason is that most big tech companies in USA are actually Indian-owned companies.

For example Infosys, Accenture, Wipro, Tata consulting to name but a few…..

These companies provide resources to work in IT projects across North America..and there is a ready market of skilled IT professionals in India.

As an African, if you are a nurse and you want to work here, you have a very high chance of coming as a skilled worker.

I know of nurses who have come to work here in America from Africa and there are African companies that facilitate that.

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BUT for the rest of the folks,…. well, you have to find other means!

And the other means is a student visa,

A student visa, is the best non-immigrant visa to actually use to come to USA.

Why?

Because a student visa has a clear path to citizenship.

Meaning, with a student visa, once you graduate, you have a chance of getting a post-graduation work permit called OPT of 1-3 years depending on what you studied.

During that post graduation OPT time, you can find an employer willing to sponsor your long term work authorization and subsequently a green card and later on you can become a citizen if you wish.

This is actually the route that I used…..and it is extremely effective although a lot of our African brothers & sisters who come to USA as students do not use it for lack of proper guidance and Information.

Now you may ask, which is the best career out there in America that you might have a chance of getting a Job in.

IT is huge here..There is a very high demand of IT professionals and it is easy to get work authorization once you graduate.

Same with nursing.There is a huge demand of nurses. Most other professions, unfortunately not so!

So generally speaking, STEM professions…i.e Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics are your best bet for good Jobs here in America that come with working papers.

So now you may ask ….how do you come to USA as a student?

Unfortunately, you must have enough finances to cover for your studies.

If you DON’T, you will NOT get a student visa..Again, that is the bitter truth!

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So, are there any ways of getting funding?

Yes, you can actually find millions worth of scholarships for FREE at www.successwithbobmwiti.com or you can also find secured and unsecured international student loans to finance your education here in America.

I hope I have answered your questions!

ABOUT ME

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS and Robotics Process Automation.

I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida,USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned and achieved a lot in my career as an IT consultant.

My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself.

Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.

On my facebook page, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up!

To learn about my amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com
www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact Me At;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

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