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Stop being petty, Raila tells Kenyan legislators over Mwende Mwinzi standoff

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Saturday evening waded into the dual citizenship row facing envoy nominee Mwende Mwinzi.

Mr Odinga accused legislators of having “petty” beefs against her. Ms Mwinzi, nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as Ambassador to South Korea, has faced pressure to renounce her US citizenship before taking up her appointment.

PARTISAN INTERESTS

Already approved by Parliament, she has instead sued to challenge the demand by arguing she is a citizen of both countries (Kenya and US) by birth and is unable to renounce any.

Mr Odinga said the legislators should allow Ms Mwinzi to take up her new appointment.

“Other than petty vendetta and a refusal by our Parliament to rise above partisan interests and act in the interest of the nation, there is no reason whatsoever for MPs to maintain Ms Mwende Mwinzi cannot be our ambassador abroad,” he said.

“I appeal to our MPs to always stand up for the nation. Both the law and the interest of the nation allow Ms Mwende Mwinzi to represent our country abroad,” Mr Odinga said.

Mr Odinga, a former Prime Minister at the time the new Constitution was passed in 2010, said Parliament’s stance risks discriminating the diaspora who he argued was a useful community to the country.

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DIASPORA LOBBIES

His entry in the issue has increased the number of those opposing the legislators’ stance.

The case, to be heard on Monday before Justice James Makau, has already attracted diaspora lobbies.

On Wednesday, the Kenya Diaspora Alliance and the Diaspora Centre, both of who say they represent Kenyans abroad, applied to be enjoined in the case, saying its determination will affect the entire Kenyan community living abroad.

Now the judge will have to rule whether Ms Mwinzi can take up the job, while still holding on her two passports, something MPs have opposed. Parliament has also been enjoined in the case.

Last week, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission announced it will investigate claims some MPs have dual citizenships. Dual citizenship is illegal for MPs since they are state officers.

DUAL NATIONALITY

Mr Odinga, who is also the African Union Special Representative for Infrastructure and Development, said the Constitution allowed dual nationality to tap into the skills and resources the diaspora provide to the country.

He specifically vouched for her, saying she became a citizen by birth, which wasn’t her personal choice to make.

Ms Mwinzi was born in the US of a Kenyan father and an American mother in 1971. Her family later relocated to Kenya where she has two other siblings.

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In 2017, she was allowed to contest for the Mwingi West parliamentary seat but was unsuccessful.

Last week, her lawyers challenged the demand that her name be removed from the list of approved ambassadorial nominees.

CONDITIONS

Prof Tom Ojienda and Associates say Parliament’s role stops at approving or disapproving, not giving conditions on nominees.

“The mandate of the National Assembly is to either approve or disapprove the nominees of the President. The National Assembly had accomplished its role as at that point and cannot purport to review it,” they argued in the motion.

“The move is sub judice (seeking to undermine the authority of the Court) and parliament should not try to usurp the power of the judiciary to rule on this matter,” they said in the motion.

-nation.co.ke

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Four Kenyans in US face 80 years in jail over alleged illegal distribution of narcotics

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A mother and a son are among four Kenyans indicted in US over alleged sale and distribution of Opioids.

The Kenyans are among a total of 10 suspects who allegedly worked under the guidance of one Dr. John Michael Korzelius who is 68 years old and who is a.k.a. “Dr. K,” of Camarillo.

Law enforcement authorities, including special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, this week arrested four defendants charged in two federal grand jury indictments alleging a narcotics trafficking ring that sold illegal opioid prescriptions for cash through a series of sham medical clinics.

The four Kenyans are Louise W. Mureithi, 69, her son Harrison Maruje Mureithi, 42, Duncan Muthoni Wanjohi, 23, and Xavier Muduki Mabale, 42.

The charges in this matter are the result of an investigation into ChiroMed, which operated a group of chiropractic, medical and wellness clinics in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Korzelius, along with other medical professionals, including physician’s assistants, allegedly met with fraudulent patients and provided them with unnecessary prescriptions for drugs, including oxycodone.

Dr Korzelius, who worked for ChiroMed, a group of clinics in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, is charged with the offence of illegally writing medically unnecessary prescriptions at a pain clinic to fake patients who sold the drugs.

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According to authorities, Louise, Harrison, and Xavier were arrested on Wednesday and arraigned in US District Court in Santa Ana, California. Wanjohi however,  is yet to be arrested and chaged.

Court documents indicate that Xavier reportedly recruited sham patients while Harrison  and Wanjohi of provided cash to him to pay for the oxycodone prescriptions written to the sham patients.

Investigators say in the last two years, they have impounded 30,737 oxycodone pills and $177,610 in cash, the highest dose of short-acting oxycodone available, and the dose most popular for the drug-abusing population, according to court documents.

They also intercepted a mailed parcel contained a teddy bear stuffed with two bags of oxycodone pills.

Xavier is also accused of assisting fake patients to fill out forms claiming sicknesses to obtain the pills.

The two grand jury indictments  charge the 10 defendants with a variety of narcotics-related offenses, including conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, distribution of fentanyl, and money laundering.

Along with Korzelius, the indictments charge:

  • Justin Douglas Cozart, 42, of Woodland Hills, who operated and supervised the ChiroMed medical clinics;
  • Damoon Joe Navarchi, 33, of Woodland Hills, who assisted Cozart in operating the clinics;
  • Xavier Muduki Mabale, 42, of Anaheim, who is accused of recruiting sham patients to obtain fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions from the medical clinics;
  • Mayra Barrios, 37, of Yorba Linda, who allegedly oversaw the day-to-day management of the medical clinics, including the issuance of fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions to sham patients;
  • Harrison Maruje Mureithi, 42, of Norco, who allegedly coordinated the purchase, collection, packaging, and shipment of oxycodone to buyers on the East Coast;
  • Duncan Muthoni Wanjohi, 23, of Anaheim, who allegedly assisted Mureithi in the buying and shipping of narcotics;
  • Pierre Delva, Jr., 33, a.k.a. “Big Head,” of Medford, Massachusetts, who allegedly provided financing to Mureithi to purchase bulk quantities of oxycodone; and
  • Louise W. Mureithi, 69, of Anaheim, Harrison Mureithi’s mother, who allegedly received packages of cash sent to her son for oxycodone;
  • Majid Nojavan, 42, of Laguna Niguel, charged in a spinoff case from the primary investigation, who allegedly advertised oxycodone for sale on Craigslist, sold fentanyl to an undercover police officer, and escorted the undercover police office to an Inglewood medical clinic to obtain a fraudulent oxycodone prescription.
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If convicted of the charges, the defendants each would face a statutory maximum sentence of at least 20 years in federal prison.

These cases are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California’s Santa Ana Branch Office.

 

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Very few people in our community know much about this high income IT skill!

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BY BOB MWITI

With covid-19, it has become evident that companies that embraced RPA, a technology that minimizes reliance on humans to do simple, tedious business tasks, have had less disruptions in their day-day handling of business processes.

Due to this fact, there has been a huge interest by companies to automate their processes to avoid reliance on humans for such simple, tedious tasks.

There has been a huge spike in the demand for people with these skills and the most interesting thing is that very few people in our community know much about this amazing technology that is transforming the way companies perform their business processes.

If you want to get in to a well paying IT career that does not require you to know how to code, get in touch with us today and train to become a robotics process automation (RPA) business analyst.

You can check our training programs at www.appstecamerica.com
email: info@appstecamerica.com or call us at 813-573-5619 ext 402.

You can sample one of our introduction lessons of the program here;

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME!

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

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

I’ve been blessed to have learned 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 online 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 the internet, 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 company’s amazing programs, please go to;

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Contact Me At;
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2 ways you can survive in an IT project as a rookie IT consultant

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BY BOB MWITI,

Although IT consulting is very lucrative, it can be very challenging because the expectation to deliver is very high. Historically, there has always been a very high employment turnover in this industry because it’s one of those industries where it is either you know what you are doing or you do not know.

Having been in this Industry for almost a decade now, I have seen firsthand the challenges new consultants face in their quest to make it in the industry.

In this episode of  Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I share the 2 ways through which you can increase your odds of surviving in this challenging space as a rookie.Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for the most educative content about studying, living & working in USA.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME!

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

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

I’ve been blessed to have learned 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.

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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 online 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 the internet, 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 company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

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

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