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Why you do not need to queue at 3am for e-passport – Govt

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The government has clarified that the new e-passport will still be issued after the August 31 deadline.

In a statement, the Immigration Department maintained that the old-generation travel document will no longer be used after August 31, 2019.

Kenyans have been queuing as early as 3am at the Immigration headquarters in Nairobi’s Nyayo House in a process that has now become a nightmare for thousands of applicants.

But the government now says it is all because of a misunderstanding.

“The long queues witnessed is due to a misconception that people will not be allowed to apply for the e-passport after the end of August. These are the fears we as Government want to allay,” the statement signed by the department’s Director General Alex Muteshi said.

The government last week opened four new immigration centres in the country, and six others in the diaspora, in a bid to ease congestion at the Immigration headquarters.

Besides Nairobi, other centres are in Kisii, Embu, Eldoret and Nakuru.

Mr Muteshi said the centres are expected to serve at least 1,500 people daily.

Centres outside the country are Johannesburg in South Africa, Berlin, London and Paris in Europe and Washington DC in the US and Dubai.

In 2017, the government started phasing out the old passports, with holders required to change to new digital passports.

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The old documents will become obsolete starting September 1, 2019.

Source:Nairobinews

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2 in court for assaulting woman who ‘stole’ their husband

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Two women in their early 20s are jointly charged with assault after allegedly beating up their peer they accused of stealing their husband.

They are Jane Anyango Otunga and Millicent Achieng Odhiambo.

The duo are accused of assaulting Juliet Achieng Otieno and occasioning her body injuries at Kariokor Market in Nairobi on January 15.

Jane admitted the charges but Millicent denied. They appeared before senior resident magistrate Merisa Opondo. Millicent claimed she only found herself at the wrong place at the wrong time.

They are said to have accosted Juliet near at a bus stop adjacent to Starehe deputy county commissioner’s office as she waited for a Kariobangi matatu before beating her up. Juliet was rescued by members of public.

Jane pleaded guilty to the charges but denied the facts of the case and said they are all food vendors at the market and its environs, and Juliet had confronted them for selling food to her boyfriend and a dispute arose from the same leading to the incident.

They were freed on a cash bail of Sh3,000 each. Hearing of their case starts on May 18.

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VIDEO: How NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and daughter died

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41 year old US Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter is dead. Bryant  Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Five people were killed the crash which happened on a hillside in Calabasas, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Kobe leaves behind his wife and three children.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department said that here were no survivors following the crash.
The sheriff’s department received reports of the downed aircraft just after 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m PT), officials said in a tweet.
FAA said Sunday via a tweet that the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the cause of the accident.
The crash happened about 30 miles west of Los Angeles.
According to US media outlets, Bryant’s death comes day after LeBron James passed him as No. 3 on the NBA all-time scoring list when the scored 33,643 points.
On Saturday night, Bryant tweeted:
“Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother.”

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Wacu’s big revelation

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Malkia Strikers player, Jane Wacu has opened up about her relationship with her Seychelles lover and their plan to start a family together.

Wacu, who was speaking to Betty Kyalo during the K24 Friday night show Up Close with Betty, said she was ready to settle down soon after the 2020 Olympics games in Tokyo, Japan.

“Plan yangu ni kama hatungequalify Olympics maybe sai ningekuwa na ball. Ilikuwa hii mwaka ndio nilikuwa nimeplan,” said Wacu.

Wacu, who also plays for Anse Royale Club in Seychelles, said she has no intention of having a big family –one child will do for her.

“Mtoi ni God anaplan but after Olympics naweza taka kamjunior, staki twingi, kamoja tu, kwanza kakikuja kaboi niko settled,” she added.

The volleyball queen says she intends to keep her future husband out of the public eyes until they have a baby.

“ Mtoi akicome msee mtamjua but msee yuko,” Wacu said.

Wacu, who has been playing for the national team for the past 14 years, also expressed her happiness in qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, terming it as one of her greatest milestone.

“Kwa volleyball nimeachieve kila kitu, grand prix, world cup, world champion, professional Europe, club championship na Olympics ndio kitu imebaki tu,” she said.

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