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Govt orders all civil servants to wear ‘Made in Kenya’ on Fridays

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Civil servants will now be required to wear Kenyan-made outfits to work on Fridays and on public holidays.

The order was issued in a circular from the Office of the Attorney General dated October 17, 2019, by the Solicitor General, Ken Ogeto, as part of a scheme to achieve president Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda that touches on manufacturing.

“Pursuant to the achievement of the Big 4 Agenda and specifically the expansion of Manufacturing Pillar by producing better goods and creating local employment, I direct that all members of staff shall on all Fridays be dressed in decent, smart casual Kenyan produced and tailored attire,” the circular signed by Ogeto read in part.

On Tuesday, Ogeto confirmed the authenticity of the circular. “The circular is authentic yes . It was issued in line with govt policy to spur growth of local manufacturing industry as one of the pillars of the big four, ” he said in a text message.

The directive took effect last Friday, October 18, and is expected to be part of the official dress code for government staff. The order was addressed to all heads of departments and regional heads and copied to the AG Kihara Kariuki.

During Mashujaa Day celebrations last Sunday in Mombasa, the usual dark suits worn by top officials were replaced by colourful African design attires.

LOCAL PRODUCTS

President Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and Cabinet Secretaries all wore Kenyan made outfits in what was said to be setting an example for Kenyans to embrace local products.

Some of the local governors including Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi also wore similar attires.

The attires were reportedly made at Bedi Investment Limited, a textile firm based in Nakuru County.

This is not the first time the government has pushed for the adoption of Kenyan wear to boost local markets. During the commissioning of ultramodern textile industry Rivatex this year, President Kenyatta appealed to Kenyans to proudly wear “Made in Kenya” clothes.

“For government to lead by example, I urge all public servants to wear at least one piece of garment made in Kenya on Fridays,” he added. During the event, the President wore a shirt made at Rivatex. And in March last year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, declared Fridays as Kenyan attire day.

AFRICANNESS

In a memo to Directors, Heads of Departments and various units, Tom Amolo, the Political and Diplomatic Secretary in the ministry, said that “Africanness” should be used as a tool for diplomacy.

“We brand our nation as much through our choice of attire, as what we may say or do,” Amolo wrote.

Amolo called on state officers and all Kenyans to embrace the various African fabrics and fashion styles from wherever they are in Africa or outside.

“The ethos of this re-engagement speaks to an assertion of an affirmative African narrative that defines our Africaness and insists that at its core, its manifestations and reflections – being African is best,” he said.

He said that the initiative aimed at increasing awareness on Kenya’s culture as well as generate interest in the country’s heritage.

Past initiatives to come up with a quintessential Kenyan dress have however been fruitless.

By NN


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Three Kenyans facing deportation over marriage fraud in US

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A Kenyan-born woman in the United States is facing deportation after she was found guilty of marriage fraud conspiracy.

Fidelina Mwelu Mutisya, 61, of Winchester, Ohio was found guilty by a Missouri court on Tuesday, according to a statement released by the US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri.

Ms Mutisya admitted to entering in a fraudulent marriage arranged by Delmar Dixon of Kansas City to bypass federal immigration laws with an aim of obtaining permanent residency and/or American citizenship.

She was charged together with 36-year-old Nellie Mbote of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and 40-year-old Rogers Onyango Guche of Cypress, Texas.

The three Kenyans were accused of paying Dixon to arrange their marriages.

According to the statement, they also paid their American ‘spouses’ Sh100,000 ($1,000) at the time of the wedding and Sh10,000 ($100) monthly until the immigration process was complete.

Mbote is said to have exchanged his vows in 2009 while Mutisya and Onyango wedded their spouses in 2007.

Dixon is said to have coached the three Kenyans and their spouses on how to make their marriages appear legitimate by advising the couples to get to know each other and make it appear as if they were living together.

Dixon, who was charged in a separate but related case, was sentenced on July 13, 2017 to three years in federal prison after admitting he arranged between 30 and 40 fraudulent marriages.

Having been found guilty, Mutisya’s naturalisation will be revoked and her certificate of naturalisation annulled.

She had been admitted to the US on a visitor (B-1) visa and is a lawful resident.

The Kenyan also faces deportation under the US federal law, having committed multiple removable offenses, including the one she pleaded guilty to.

But her extradition and other immigration consequences will be subject to a separate proceeding.

By NN


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Atlanta-based Kenyan fitness coach Jane Mukami celebrating 21 years in the US

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BY JANE MUKAMI

Celebrating 21 today years since I arrived in the U.S. from Kenyan – where did time go?

I was 20 yrs old when I got to Atlanta ready for college and no idea how life would unfold. 21 years later I’ve learned…

1. The land of milk and honey is not perfect and it’s not what you see in the movies 🤦‍♀️It does provide opportunities for success but nothing is handed to you…you gotta milk the proverbial cow #WorkForIt & be willing to do what it takes #NoPethos 😂 My 1st job was a cashier at Wendy’s (a fast food joint) making $5.50 [500/=] an hour, but that was just the beginning #StartWhereYouAre #StartWithWhatYouHave

2. Success is relative and should be defined by you and not society. My definition of success is being happy doing what I love while experiencing utmost freedom – debt freedom, financial freedom and location freedom – the ability to serve my clients/work from anywhere in the world #DefineYourSuccess

3. Success requires continued learning/education, breaking away from doing the same ol’ things, with the ol’ same people. Growth comes from new circles, friends, experiences, investing in coaches of finding people who inspire + push you to become who you were created to be. It’s ok to be a small fish in a big pond…it gives you room to grow into a whale🐳 #LevelUp

4. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff – have fun, laugh, enjoy your journey, protect your space by decreasing negativity, drama, toxic friendships or relationships that do not serve you #You1st

5. Focus on YOU. Don’t worry about what others think or say about you. Be intentional about what you want & make it happen – mute all else and #GoGet #NoExcuses #StayHungry #StayHumble

Atlanta has been good to me…do I qualify for the title #GeorgiaPeach🍑🍑 Even though I don’t like sweet tea, fried chicken, pork rinds, biscuits and gravy, grits, waffles and fried chicken…I’m I the only one still very confused by the words chicken fried steak…?? 🤣

Funny enough, I feel as though the past 21 years were simply a rehearsal, a warm up, a preparation of sorts, and my life is just now beginning #selfactualized

Wait…does spending 20 yrs in Kenya and 21 in the US make me a TRUE (literal) African American? 😂

I’m excited! Its #GoTime. To all my fellow immigrants….let’s keep doing the damn thing – Cheers to 20 more 🥂🥂🇱🇷


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Inside Jeremy Damaris’ KDM state-of-the-art studio in US after purchasing a building

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Barely five years after immigrating to the United Sates, Kenyan Diaspora media personality Jeremy Damaris has done what many of his peers can only dream of.

His media house, Kenya Diaspora Media – USA (formally Kikuyu Diaspora Media) has established a spectacular state-of-the-art studio after recently paying cash for a building in Birmingham, Alabama.

Since the news broke, well-wishers have been congratulating the entrepreneur who, besides being a radio and tv host, also doubles up as a musician and a professional Master of Ceremonies (MC).

However, the humble man from a village in Kiambu attributes the major achievement to God’s grace.

“I thank everyone who has contributed in one way or another to this immense success. God indeed can move mountains,” says Jeremy, adding that without the goodwill of his fans and well-wishers, this would only have been a pipedream.

Together with his wife Sally, Jeremy immigrated to the USA in 2015 where he established the then Kikuyu Diaspora Radio from scratch.

The station grew exponentially, becoming Kikuyu Diaspora media  and later  re-branding to Kenya Diaspora Media -USA.

“We are now broadcasting in different languages and reaching all manner of Kenyan demographics around the world,” he recently told Kenya Satellite News Network.

Learn more about Jeremy Damaris by watching the following video which is in Gīkūyū language:

Besides disseminating news and events of the day, Damaris, through KDM, has been known to reach out to persons or families in dire straits and bringing their plight’s attention to his audience.

His Youtube channel has been growing fast. Las year, he was awarded the coveted graphite Youtube Creators plaque after his channel reached 100,000 subscribers. His studio, as you can see in the photo below, is equipped to handle all manner of audiovisual content, ready for instant broadcast through various platforms.

“KENYA DIASPORA MEDIA USA has bought its building in cash. Its now Official!!, ” posted Jeremy.

“Glory to God for our new office in United States. FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS! Thanks to everyone who participated to make this happen.#NoDebt!! #KDMFAMILYTEAM!!! #Mahigahomes #NeemaShelters #Amgrealtors #EdenparkcountryGardens #OptivenLtd #AttorneyWanjohi #GiokoTaxes #Maridadymotors and all #WELLWISHERS,” he added.

“The word compassion may have been created just to describe this true son of Africa as he has many times gone out of his way expressing the same while benevolently responding positively to praiseworthy cases many don’t pay attention to and watch without doing anything to help mankind,” says Dr Isaac Kinungi of Kenyan Parents in the USA organisation.

Others have described him as a philanthropist on a journey of inspiring and a fulfilling the dreams that brought him to America, while connecting the dots and networking with those that share common values and unity of purpose, to bring about change to humanity and society at large.

 

Kenya Satellite News Media congratulates Jeremy Damaris and KDM (USA) for the latest achievement.


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