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Covid-19: Mission in London to evacuate Kenyans stranded in UK

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Kenya High Commission in London has revealed plans to evacuate Kenyans still stranded in the UK du to the confusion cased by the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement released on Sunday, Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu said they were in talks with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are working on logistics for a possible evacuation flight to Nairobi from London.

“The Kenya High Commission London is in continuous communication with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Nairobi about the fate of some Kenyans who may be stranded in the UK due to flight cancellations occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Esipisu said.

Manoah added that Kenya Airways has agreed to send a flight to London to bring Kenyans home as long as the number of passengers is not less than 211.

“Those keen to fly back will be expected to meet the cost for their air ticket and be subjected to 14-28 days mandatory quarantine period imposed by the GoK at own cost,” he said.

The London embassy also clarified that the interested Kenyans would, however, have to foot the bill for their airfare with the flight cost details to be shared later.

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“Info on dates and cost will be shared once the viability of flight is confirmed. We urge all Kenyans to remain vigilant as well as observe preventive measures as advised.”

On Friday, Esipisu confirmed that two Kenyans had succumbed to Covid-19 in the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, the government succumbed to public pressure and revealed that it will now evacuate Kenyans stranded in China and UAE, but at their own cost.

This came just a day after Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau ruled out any possibility of evacuating Kenyans stranded in China, the hotbed of coronavirus.

Appearing before the Foreign Affairs and Defence Parliamentary Committee on Wednesday, Kamau said the logistical hurdles would not allow mass evacuation as proposed by some Kenyans as “ndege sio matatu” (a plane is not a PSV vehicle).

The PS further told MPs that a large number of Kenyans living in China had not registered with the Kenyan embassy, which makes tracing them impossible.

In an earlier press conference, he had disclosed that some Kenyans lacked legal documentation, while others did not want to come back to the country.

Kenyans have been victims of racial discrimination targeting Africans living in China following a second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

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They have been evicted from their houses, denied entry in hotels as well as public transport and have been forced to sleep out on the cold streets and beg for food.

In the United Arabs Emirates, Ambassador Kariuki Mugwe, in a letter dated April 15, asked Kenyans who had not registered with the embassy to do so and indicate whether they wanted to travel back home.

Mugwe said there are 50,000 Kenyans in the UAE and only 13,000 have registered with the embassy and the consulate.

“We therefore appeal to all Kenyans residents in this country to register with any of our two missions in order to have an accurate number of residents here…. You may also wish to indicate whether you need to travel back home for us to start the process of seeking relevant clearances and approval for the travel,” Ambassador Mugwe said in the notice.

UAE hosts many Kenyans working in various sectors of the country’s economy.

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Shock after man kills son before taking his own life

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Residents of a Naivasha village woke up to rude shock after a middle-aged man killed his three-year-old son before hanging himself on a tree.

The man strangled his son in Kipkonyo Village while the mother was away before committing suicide, plunging the area into mourning.

Tears flowed freely as relatives and friends tried to come to terms with the incident before police moved in to collect the two bodies.

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The 30-year-old man, after killing his son, threw the body into a latrine under construction before stripping naked and hanging himself.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that security officers had collected the two bodies and opened an inquest.

He said they would be seeking the wife who was not present during the incident to record a statement as part of their investigations.

“Initial investigations indicate that the man first killed his son by twisting his neck and dumping the body in the family latrine before using a rope to hang himself,” said the police boss.

A neighbour, Isaac Lang’at, said the deceased had for a long time clashed with his wife leading to a separation before he decided to kill himself.

By PD.co.ke

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Meet young Kenyan lady playing key role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign

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Esther Ongeri, a young Kenyan living in the US is the talk of the town after Kenyans learnt that she plays a key role in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to Biden’s campaign website, Ms Ongeri is the Director of Special Projects in the Biden 2020 campaign and has served in the position since July.

Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager and Special Projects Coordinator in the same campaign team from June 2019.

Ms Ongeri held the posts of operations coordinator from September 2017 to February 2018 and special projects assistant to the CFO from February 2018.

She is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2017.

According to her LinkedIn profile, the brilliant Kenyan was a staff assistant to New Jersey senator Robert Menendez between May 2016 and July 2017.

Ms Ongeri started off as an intern in the office of Senator Menendez between August 2015 to May 2016.

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She attained her high school diploma at Saint Dominic Academy in 2013 after joining the school in 2009.

In the November 3 US elections, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to unseat incumbent president Donald Trump and both are busy on the campaign trail.

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Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

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A Chinese woman has made headlines after bringing 23 members of her family on a blind date to test her lover’s generosity.

Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

Chinese people enjoying a meal in a restaurant. Photo: Quora.
Source: UGC

According to the Daily Mail Online, the unknown woman tagged along with her large clan to the romantic occasion without informing her date in advance.

After enjoying the meal, the man decided to teach the woman a lesson and fled away after receiving the bill which amounted to KSh 382,000 ( £2,300).

According to a Chinese newspaper, Taizhou Evening News, the anonymous woman went on a blind date with a 29-year-old man identified as Liu in eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

Reports indicate that the date was organised by Liu’s mom who was worried about her son who had been single for long.

The man had offered to pay for the meal with the thought that it would be a romantic dinner for two but shock on him.

Speaking to the media, the woman said she wanted to test her potential boyfriend’s generosity in catering for the large crowd of 25.

According to reports, the lady and her family enjoyed expensive dishes and alcohol.

Interestingly, Liu failed the test and his potential date ended up paying for the meal herself.

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It was later agreed that the man pays for a small part of the meal and the remainder of the bill be shared among the woman’s 23 family members.

In other news, TUKO.co.ke reported of one bride who has since gone viral after she took to social media to convince her friends and family to fund her special day.

According to the post on Reddit, the bride wants a huge amount of moneythat will enable her and her fiance’ to tour Europe for a one month honeymoon.

According to the post, the couple will be tying the knot in December and the bride hopes the guests will not change their mind due to coronavirus.

“Hope you all are doing great and getting all of you all wedding gifts (haha) prepare your cold hard cash and your large housewarming gifts…We really cannot wait to see you all (and receive your gifts LOL) this December,” read the post.

The bride advised her friends against pulling out due to COVID-19 saying they have a monetary goal of KSh 2.2 million ($20,000) minimum.

She indicated that the guests are expected to donate over KSh 3.2 million ($30,000).

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