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Seven died abroad, bringing the rest home to cost Sh4bn

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Covid-19 has claimed the lives of seven Kenyans abroad, and it would cost the government Sh4.5 billon if it was to bring back every Kenyan in a foreign country.

Parliament was last week told that some three million Kenyans are currently in various countries.

The National Assembly committee on Defence and Foreign relations, while giving update on the plight of Kenyans abroad, said the government had assured it that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was in touch with the governments of these countries to ensure Kenyans’ rights were protected during this period.

In China, which has been in the news for mistreatment of Africans, there are some 3,091, of whom 91 are students.

The House Committee was informed that most of the 3,000 Kenyans had expired passports, and that none of the 91 students wished to return home at this time.

The ministry told the committee that the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya had been summoned over the mistreatment of Kenyans.

He reportedly told the government that the attack on Africans in Chinese cities was as a result of illegal immigrants who had failed to get health documentation and were thus ineligible for housing.

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Committee chairman Katoo ole Metito said Kenya and China had agreed that the 3,000 Kenyans would renew their passports after the pandemic, hence should not be subjected to inhumane treatment by the authorities.

“The students are still locked down in their respective universities. All are in good health. There were reported cases of two other students elsewhere in China who had received treatment,” reads the committee’s report.

According to the report, after the coronavirus case reported in Wuhan, all Kenyan missions were under lockdown and staff operated from home, which hampered coordination in terms of offering assistance to Kenyans in Beijing.

However, 10 who approached the embassy in Beijing and would be assisted.

The government also informed the committee that it had disbursed Sh9.6 million to the students for purchase of essentials during this difficult period.

On evacuating Kenyans caught up in China, the committee says that only 40 people expressed willingness to come back home.

“The government was ready to bring them home and made available a Dreamliner for that function. But since the plane has a capacity of 215 persons and only 40 Kenyans are willing to come, it dropped the idea since it was commercially unviable,” Mr Ole Metito said.

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The government had entered into an agreement with United Arab Emirates (UAE) to bring some Kenyans stuck abroad home but only 13 turned up.

In India, there are 750 Kenyans caught up in the pandemic. Some 200 of them had gone for treatment and had return tickets, while the rest are businessmen.

“These are people who already have return tickets, and the ministry is exploring means of facilitating their movement from various locked down cities to Bombay and New Delhi for planes to pick them,” reads the committee’s report

One Kenyan is critically ill in Italy. In UK, France and Sweden there were also a number of documented infections which had been treated.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said Kenyans abroad need to be evacuated free of charge by the government.

“We cannot compromise the lives of our people just because China is giving us loans. Those Kenyans in China are being mistreated; we talk with them everyday, so let’s not hide,” Mr Duale said.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau last week told MPs that those seeking evacuation would have to foot the cost.

Besides, they have to prove they are Covid-19-free and, once back home, go into 14-day quarantine.

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Machakos Senator in ICU, woman found with him in apartment questioned

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Machakos Senator Boniface Mutinda Kabaka is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital after he allegedly fell ill while with a woman at an apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani estate.

The lawmaker is reported to have checked in at the apartment along Elgeyo Marakwet Road in Kilimani on Thursday afternoon accompanied by a woman identified as Esther Muli, a resident of Wote town.

According to a police report on the incident, the matter was reported by the Senator’s wife who said that at around 3am she was informed by an employee at the Senator’s office that her husband had been admitted in the ICU.

“She went to the said Hospital accompanied by other family members among them her co-wife where she established that the Senator was brought by paramedics after falling sick while in an apartment along Elgeyo Marakwet Road within Kilimani,” reads the police report.

Police visited the scene and found the woman who disclosed that she was with the Senator in the apartment when he suddenly started complaining of severe headache and asked her to look for paracetamols.

She added that the pain worsened and she reportedly informed the management who called for an ambulance and rushed the lawmaker to Nairobi Hospital.

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By Friday evening Senator Kabaka was still admitted in the ICU at Nairobi hospital. The woman was escorted to Kilimani Police Station for interrogations by the DCI.

By Standard Digital


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Kenyan Minting Money From Selling Muratina in UK

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A Kenyan man is minting money in the UK by brewing and selling the locally produced alcoholic drink, Muratina.

The brew is largely illegal in Kenya, however, for King’ori Wambaki, the Kikuyu traditional drink has made him a household name in Cheshunt, UK.

Wambaki has spent over 27 years in England, shifting from studies, working for foreigners and unveiling his own business.

He packages the drink, dubbed Muratelia, as wine spiced with honey. It contains 12 percent alcohol and is sold to customers under the age of 35.

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King’Ori Wambaki (right) enjoys his drink. On the left is a fashion icon marketing a branded Muratelia bag
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Muratelia is sold at between £10 (Ksh 1,491) and £25 (Ksh 3,727) depending on whether it’s sold on counters, retail shops, or restaurants.

“Cheshunt is located outside London. We used ingredients that are available here in the UK as we have not yet reached a point where we can import products from Kenya.

“The business provides income better than what I can earn while being employed, Wambaki who hails from Othaya, Nyeri stated while speaking with a local daily.

He disclosed that he made in-depth research and business plans on how to market his product. It has also been incorporated in the modeling and fashion industry through branded bags and clothes.

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He has also created employment for the youth in the UK as he owns three restaurants and four shops.

What worked for him was that he had no competition as the drink was a new entity in the UK market. Wambaki is keen on expanding his business and the entrepreneur targets the local Kenyan market.

He said that he had applied for a business permit and license in Kenya, seeking to introduce his upgraded brand.

“The whites love it despite it being a Kenyan drink. In June we may start producing it in Kenya,” he added.

According to his LinkedIn page, the economist holds a Master of Science in Finance and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

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