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VIDEO: Uhuru should let Miguna go back home, Mudavadi tells Voice of America

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA in Washington, DC.

Former Kenyan Vice President Musalia Mudavadi has lashed out at Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration for not letting Mr Miguna Miguna, the fiery Kenyan lawyer cum politician, who was deported to Canada last year,  return home.

In a TV interview with the Voice of America (VOA) in Washington DC, Mr Mudavadi said that Mr Miguna’s rights were trampled upon and it is only fair that he be given the necessary documents to be able to travel back home.

“There are other people who were involved in what led to his deportation and they are still walking around freely in Kenya,” said Mudavadi, in apparent reference to those who – in one way or another- participated in the mock swearing-in of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga as “the People’s President.”

Miguna was deported in March last year following a dramatic standoff at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The opposition politician claims he was assaulted and drugged by government officials who later bundled him into an Emirates flight against his will.

The deportation came hours after a court held top officials in contempt for failing to release him from the airport where he was being held.

Kenyan officials have argued the lawyer – who holds dual Canadian nationality – is not a Kenyan citizen.

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But Mr Miguna insists their motives are political.

He emphasized his earlier statement that the  government needs to provide Kenyans in the diaspora motivation to participate in the life of the country. “They can do this by providing a safe environment for investment, facilitating political participation and involving them in national development,” he said.

Mudavadi, who is the leader of Amani National Congress (ANC), also differed with President Kenyatta over his call to politicians to stop campaigning ahead of 2022.

“Such statements are undemocratic. He is almost halfway in his second term and people should be free to campaign,” he told VOA’s BMJ Muriithi  in Washington DC on his last day of a week’s tour of the United States.

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Earlier in the week, he held several meetings with U. S. gvt officials including Mr. David Gilmour, the Director of the Office of East African Affairs & Mr. Marc Norman, Director of Counterterrorism Bureau. The talks focused on a range of local and global issues of interest to Kenya and the USA.

Kenyan opposition politician Musalia Mudavadi poses for a photo with Mr. David Gilmour, the Director of the Office of East African Affairs, in Washington, DC. COURTESY PHOTO

Last week, the Kenyan politician also held a town hall meeting at Springfield City, Massachusetts.

Mudavadi was also the keynote speaker in this year’s Diaspora Convention  held in New Jersey.

Mr Mudavadi (Centre) poses for a photo with US based Kenyans in New Jersey when he attended the 2019 Diaspora Convention organized by the Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organizations Inc (AKDOi). On the left is Mr David Ogega Ochwang’i.

The event was organized by the Association of Kenyan Diaspora Organizations Inc (AKDOi) which is headed by Atlanta-based community organizer, David Ogega Ochwang’i.

 

 

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Kenyans in the diaspora sent home ksh280 billion in 2019 

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By JUDITH GICOBI

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) new annual record in 2019, Kenyans living and working abroad sent home approximately $2.7 billion (KSh280 billion).

The amount shows a 3.7 percent growth compared to the previous year, whose remittances roughly $2.6 billion (KSh272.3 billion). The lowest remittance was in 2015.

A weekly report bulleting from CBK that was released on Friday shows money sent by Kenyans in the diaspora increase to $250.3 million (KSh25.2 billion) in December 2019. An increase from $218.8 million (KSh22 billion) in November. 

Kenyans in North America accounted for the most substantial part of the remittance in December at 50 percent. Following closely was Europe at 20 percent and 30 percent from the rest of the world.

However, the 2019 total remittances did not meet the World bank’s target of Sh285.5 billion. The target amount would have achieved a five percent growth. “The rate of growth of remittance inflows will rise by just 5 percent compared to a 39 percent growth between 2017 and 2018,’’ World Bank said in December.

World Bank sees the reduced growth in diaspora remittances is due to the increasing economic concerns in the US and the United Kingdom, where a recession may be setting in despite strong employment data.

”With the world slipping into a recession, it is feared that remittance inflows may suffer as companies’ layoff staff in the developed world even as employers and employees adopt austerity measures,” World Bank’s report said.

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Miguna Miguna urges Kenyans in diaspora to stage protest against Uhuru as he visits the UK

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Kenyan-Canadian lawyer, Miguna Miguna, is urging Kenyans in the United Kingdom to partake in a protest against President Kenyatta as he plans to visit the country this week.

Miguna, through his twitter page on Saturday, addressed his supporters, asking them to stage a protest where President Kenyatta will be staying during his visit to the UK. The protest is to demand that the president obeys court rules requiring the government to allow him to enter the country. 

“Red Alert! Notice to all Patriots in London! Uhuru Kenyatta will be in London, UK, from January 20, 2020,” wrote Miguna.

He added: “He will be shuttling between the Town House located at 66 Lowndes Square, Kensington, and 10 Downing Street. Find him. Show him that No One is Above the Law!” 

The president is set to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London from Monday, January 20th, former Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma confirmed.

“Arrived in London, ahead of H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta who, at the invitation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, will join other leaders for the Africa-UK investment summit on 20th January 2020,” Dr. Juma wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Miguna is currently stuck in Germany after his return to Kenya on January 7 th was rendered impossible by the Kenyan Government that issued a red alert warning airlines not to fly Miguna to Kenya or any African nation. 

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Miguna Miguna speaks to VOA's BMJ Muriithi, wants presidential election before August
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VIDEO: New laws which could have US Green Card holders deported take effect as thousands rush to acquire Citizenship

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If you are a Green Card holder in the US and you  think you can do whatever you like without running into  the risk of deportation, then think again. There are some new laws going into effect that could get permanent residents deported.

Under the newa Trump rules, a simple mistake is no longer an excuse and simply not knowing what the new rules are could get someone holding a green card kicked out of the United States for good. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has instituted some new rules that will take effect in 2020.

Some of the new green card rules for 2020 which could get you in trouble if not obeyed are:
  •  Failing to admit you’re an immigrant on your tax returns or failing to report some of your income could get you deported
  • Men between the ages of 18 and 25 who hold a green card must register with the U.S. Selective Service; failure to do so could lead to deportation
  • An extended overseas vacation could cost someone their green card – it could be considered “abandonment” of the green card. WATCH:

 

Young men between the ages of 18 and 25 who hold a green card and do not register with the Selective Service could also be deported.  Even a vacation overseas could cost someone their green card.

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Some are no longer willing to take the chance by simply holding a green card, which must be renewed every ten years, and instead they’re becoming U.S. citizens to avoid deportation.
She says calling these infractions a mistake is no longer an option.

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