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Uhuru in Jamaica for state visit

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Kenya and Jamaica have pledged to deepen bilateral and people-to-people ties for the benefit of the two countries.

The commitment came as President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is in Jamaica for a historic state visit, held bilateral talks with his host Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday afternoon.

The two leaders witnessed the signing of four agreements among them MoUs on technical cooperation in tourism and in the fields of sports, culture and heritage as well as a framework of cooperation between the two governments. Thy also signed an MoU on political consultations.

Besides the signed agreements, the two leaders and their delegations held a bilateral meeting during which plans to introduce air transport connections between Kenya and Jamaica were discussed.

Both leaders said air transport between Kenya and the Caribbean will lead to more economic interaction which will in turn help economic growth for the people of both countries.

In their talks, President Kenyatta and PM Holness explored existing opportunities for cooperation in air transport, saying that flights from East Africa to Jamaica will help strengthen economic ties between Caribbean countries and the African continent.

“Our national carrier now has scheduled direct flights from Nairobi to New York but we would like to see flights flying from the East Coast to the West Coast of Africa and directly to Jamaica, and through Jamaica to the rest of the Caribbean as a true way of deepening our partnership,” President Kenyatta said.

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President Kenyatta said one sure way of deepening the partnership between Kenya and Jamaica is to encourage more trade and deepen commercial ties between the two countries.

“We need to deepen our trade because by so doing we also take our people-to-people relations to the next level. Kenya is today one of the largest and one of the most diversified economies on the African continent,” the President said.

He said Kenya serves as a hub for logistics and transport, financial services, ICT innovations, as he encouraged Jamaican investors to come to Kenya.

The two leaders also discussed ways of strengthening cooperation between Kenya and Jamaica in the blue economy which they said holds tremendous potential for wealth and job creation.

On the multilateral front, President Kenyatta said Kenya is a strong supporter of the South-South Cooperation arrangements within the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) states framework and assured his host that his administration will continue pushing for the conclusion of a successor agreement ahead of the expiry of the Cotonou Agreement in February 2020.

Kenya will host the next ACP summit at the end of the year at which time PM Holness is expected to visit Kenya.

As part of the deals that were signed between Kenya and Jamaica, the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center which is based at the University of West Indies will open its first satellite centre in Nairobi and will be based at the University of Nairobi.

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The two leaders also said that Kenya and Jamaica will cooperate in sports development especially in athletics, a sport in which the two counties are global icons.

PM Holness said Kenya and Jamaica have had strong ties from the days of Marcus Garvey whose teachings of African unity had a strong impact on Kenya’s push for independence from British rule in the 1960s.

“Jamaica-Kenya relations are deeply rooted. It is well documented that our first national hero The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey had significant influence on Jomo Kenyatta, the first prime minister of Kenya and later its first president,” said PM Holness.

“In that context, we also recall the late Dudley Thompson as a Jamaican lawyer and Pan Africanist in East Africa. He was resolute in his staunch defence of Jomo Kenyatta when he was charged with treason by the British colonial government of the day,” the PM added.

Earlier, President Kenyatta, who is accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, was received by his host Holness and Governor General Patrick Allen in a colourful state reception that included a full guard of honour mounted by the Jamaica Defence Forces and a 21-gun salute upon his landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta will be the chief guest at the 57th Jamaica Independence Day.

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Before the independence anniversary festival, the President will be the chief guest at the 67th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show in Clarendon.

President Kenyatta’s visit comes at a time when the Caribbean is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of African slaves in the Americas.

Promoters of closer links between Africans in the diaspora and the people of the continent are marketing the anniversary as the year of the return.

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A US church depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees

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Baby Jesus is lying in a manger inside a cage, wrapped in an emergency foil blanket and separated from Mary and Joseph, who are each trapped in cells of their own.

This is the startling nativity scene created by a Protestant church in California to draw attention to the plight of migrants.

“We put them in different cages, as a symbol representing our community, and all immigrants, who are being held in detention centers and need our help,” Genaro Cordoba, co-creator of the installation and spokesman for Claremont United Methodist Church, said.

“Jesus, Joseph, Mary represent all our immigrants, all the refugees, not just in the United States but all over the world,” he said, switching from Spanish to English.

“We have seen how they suffer, and people don’t want them, and (in) our country the same thing,” Cordoba added.

Karen Clark Ristine, senior minister at the church about 48 kilometers east of Los Angeles, explained in a Facebook message accompanying the images that the Holy Family were “the most well-known refugee family in the world.”

“Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant,” she wrote.

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“They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today?”

The grim Nativity scene appears to address that question.

Each cell is lined with barbed wire, and both Mary and Joseph are pictured facing the infant, their arms outstretched in hope and desperation.

“Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years,” wrote Ristine.

A Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy launched in 2018 saw thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, a tactic apparently meant to frighten the families, before the government backed down.

Migrants including children were held in caged enclosures.

“Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people,” said Ristine.

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A Nairobi Catholic church bans miniskirts, rugged jeans

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A church in Nairobi has warned its members against wearing ‘inappropriate’ attire to church.

St Peter Claver’s Catholic Church, which is located in the city centre, has put a huge sign at the entrance of the church, warning congregants to dress modestly.

Some of the attire banned include dresses with slits, rugged jeans, miniskirts, t-shirts inscribed ‘Red Devil’, crop tops, caps, sun glasses, chains, clothing that exposes arms and sagged trousers.

It is not clear what would happen to congregants who break the rules as efforts by the Nation to get comments from administrators of the church were unsuccessful.

The sign outside the church. PHOTO | SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rosalia Alexis supported the move by the church saying that people should wear appropriately for every occasion.

“What you wear to a dance hall or disco should not be the same as what you wear in church,” she said.

But Alex Muinde, 26, had a contrary opinion saying that everyone is free to dress according to their personal preferences and the church should not control what congregants w

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‘My business is on the verge of collapse, please give me back my house’ Pleads Sarah Cohen

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Tob Cohen’s wife Sarah Wairimu wants her house back, the whole compound and all its contents, including her dogs, cars, personal effects and kitchen appliances, among other things.

Wairimu also says that their business Tobs Ltd will collapse if she will not be allowed to go back to her house, where the company is operated from.

But, Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti has challenged the application by Wairimu, saying that Cohen’s house is marked as the primary scene of crime and forensic analysis and investigations are still ongoing.

“If handed over to Sarah, there is a possibility that she will interfere with the crime scene,” Muteti said.

He said that any assets belonging to Cohen or jointly owned by the two, even their dogs, are issues that cannot be ruled by that court.

Muteti said that the court is not a succession court to rule what assets belonged to the deceased and Sarah.

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