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Mudavadi wants law changed so Kenyans in Diaspora can hold state jobs

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Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has criticised the legal provisions that place state jobs out of reach for Kenyans holding dual citizenships.

Mr Mudavadi at the same time asked the Independent Electoral and boundaries Commission (IEBC) to put in place mechanisms which will ensure Kenyans in diaspora vote in the 2022 General Election.

The ANC leader said all Kenyans are entitled to full enjoyment of civil rights regardless of their citizenship status.

CITIZENSHIP

“It is confounding that the law should ask you to drop one of your citizenships in order for you to play your role for your motherland,” the ANC leader said when he addressed Kenyans living in the State of New Jersey, USA, on Saturday.

Article 78 (1) of the Constitution declares that a person is not eligible to contest for an election in Kenya or appointment for a State job unless he is a citizen of Kenya.

Sub section (2) reinforces the fact that a state officer or a member of the Kenya Defence Forces shall not hold dual citizenship.

Mr Mudavadi was referring to the case of Ms Mwende Mwinzi, whose nomination to serve as Kenya envoy in South Korea by President Uhuru Kenyatta, has run into this constitutional headwinds, forcing her to seek the intervention of the high court.

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The National Assembly endorsed her nomination it however placed a qualifier to her appointment.

NOMINATION

It asked the President to appoint her if she renounces her US citizenship. She has since moved to court to stop MPs from forcing her to renounce her US citizenship before she takes the job.

She argued that forcing her to renounce her US citizenship would be a violation of her rights.

“It’s not enough to tell Kenyans they have multiple citizenships while also denying them a citizen’s right. Your citizenship is not worth the paper on which it is written if citizenship participation has discriminate against you,” Mr Mudavadi told the diaspora.

Central Bank of Kenya statistics show that in Kenyans diaspora remit up to Sh2 billion annually, making them a major contributor to foreign exchange.

Mr Mudavadi wants the government to provide them with more motivation to participate in the life of the country.

INVESTMENT

Among other proposals the former Deputy Prime Minister provided includes the government encouraging the disposal to invest at home by providing a safe environment for investment, political participation and having laws and regulations that facilitate diaspora in national development.

He said IEBC must ensure that Kenyans living abroad are facilitated to take part in the 2022 polls at all levels.

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Technology, he said, had advanced and IEBC ought to register all Kenyans in diaspora as voters and allow them to vote all levels.

“Technology should not be an issue any more. I don’t think that it is the hindrance, the challenge remains the kind of electoral authorities we have in Africa,” he said.

We added: “In Kenya, the IEBC remains a thorn in the flesh and we cannot remain silent about it anymore. We must reform the IEBC. The new commission must put in place simple, credible and verifiable mechanisms for the diaspora to vote come 2022.”

INFLUENCE CHANGE

Narc Kenya leader Martha Karua urged Kenyans in the diaspora to influence change back home not just through remittances but also demand good services.

“Don’t just send money to relatives, influence them to choose the right leaders and to say no to stealing,” Ms Karua said.

Chief Administrative Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ababu Namwamba told the convention that the government has enacted policy on how it can work with Kenyans in the diaspora and facilitate them to contribute to national development.

Human rights activist Boniface Mwangi said it is regrettable that Kenyans in the diaspora export their bad habits to the diaspora including tribalism and challenged them to unite. “If you are united you can influence Kenya in a big way,” he said.

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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

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“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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REVEALED: How three teenage sisters were impregnated by a shamba boy – police

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Police in Tana River county in Kenya are looking for a shamba boy  (gardener) who fled after allegedly  impregnating all three of his employer’s underage daughters at around the same period.

The girls said the man would often lure them to their farm where he would sexually defile them. One of the sisters confessed to sneaking into the gardener’s room at night.

“I did not know he was having affair with my sisters as well because we didn’t share that part of our lives with each other, as we didn’t trust each other with secrets,” one of the teenagers told Daily Nation.

The further divulged that the man would entice them with gifts such as money and clothes.

“He used to give me pocket money and would sometimes buy me clothes. He was so nice to me. I did not know he was doing the same to my sisters,” another girl said.

Each of the three sisters gave birth to a set of twins at a Garissa hospital on Saturday through a Cesarean Section.

All the three are Class Eight learners and are expected to sit for their Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination in March next year.

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On her part, the girls’ mother said she noticed her daughters had new sets of underpants but she did not suspect something was going on between them and the gardener.

“I noticed some funny set of underwear which caught my attention. But my last-born daughter kept saying she had bought them with her pocket money,” the mother explained.

“What I did not understand was why she chose that funny type of underwear,” she said.

She learned of the gardener’s affair with her daughters after she stumbled upon a message on one of the girls’ phone informing the man of the pregnancy.

She then discovered the two were planning to get rid of the pregnancy, prompting her to ambush all her daughters with a pregnancy test the following morning. Two of the girls admitted they were pregnant before the tests.

The shamba boy is said to have fled after learning that the three sisters were all pregnant with his children. Police are still looking for him.

The first-born daughter was expecting triplets but she could only deliver two children safely and without complications.

“They all had slim chances of survival, and that is why we looked for a specialist. But for the girl with the triplets to come out alive, we had to agree with the mother to choose between her daughter and the third infant,” a doctor said.

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The three were discharged from the hospital following the operations and are recuperating at home.

 


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Ciru Muriuki in mourning again, just months after losing her dad

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The loss of a loved one is a feeling one can never put into words. But losing another person so close to your heart, becomes a tall order.

July 2020, BBC journalist, Angela Wanjiru wa Muriuki alias Ciru Muriuki lost her dad to COVID-19. A man she dearly honored, loved and cherished.

A man she still misses more than words can say; a man who would have turned 72 years on October 10, were he still alive.

Pain and agony that she wonders how long it will last.

Amid COVID-19 and strict health measures put in place, her dads send-off left a different mark in her life.

“Heh. Losing a father. Nothing prepares you for the pain. Nothing. I wonder if I’ll feel this agony forever. My father’s funeral was the worst experience of our lives.”

Remember, Ciru also contracted the virus and had to mourn her late dad in almost complete solitude.

I cannot think of anything worse,” she tweeted.

Another loss

It has been barely 4 months that the celebrated media personality was allowed to mourn her loss, and death has stricken once more.

Taking to her Twitter, the broadcast journalist mourned the loss of a beloved mother, a grand mum and an aunt – her fathers sister.

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Messages of condolences continue to flow in from fellow personalities, friends and fans as they comfort a dear Ciru, having to bear 2 consecutive losses amid a pandemic.

May their souls rest in eternal peace!

By Ghafla.com


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