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We can’t raise cash for air tickets, cry stranded Kenyans



Kenyans seeking evacuation from foreign countries hit by Covid-19 pandemic are struggling to afford their trips back home, the Nation can reveal.

Some are contemplating not signing up for flights to Nairobi because they are financially limping and cannot afford basic needs such as food and shelter.

Mr Bernard Mwangi, a Kenyan who travelled to Beijing with big dreams of making it in business, for instance, is now living with well-wishers after he was kicked out of an apartment.

Mr Mwangi Monday told the Nation that he is currently putting up with a Nigerian friend who found him stranded at a bus station.

“I want to come home. I have signed up to be evacuated, but I cannot afford the plane ticket,” he said.

Their financial woes follow a government directive that they pay for their air tickets and quarantine bills upon landing in Nairobi.

“If the government still insists that those who wish to be evacuated do so at their own cost, I’ve no option but to stay here,” Mr Mwangi added.

The affected citizens — already reeling from financial shocks of lockdown — expressed their pain after the government communicated plans to evacuate Kenyans in China, India, the UK and other countries.

Left to their own devices, Kenyans dreaming to come home from China have started fundraising for tickets.

The fundraiser, dubbed Tuma Fare Initiative, has been organised by eight Kenyans who have since set up a paybill account.

“I believe many people want to go back but the money is a big issue. Not everyone was prepared for the abrupt lockdown, which has extended for this long,” said one of the posts in a common group for Kenyans living in China.

The Nation could not immediately establish the amount raised so far.

Kenyans in China Organisation (Kico), a lobby group, now wants President Kenyatta to come to the rescue of stranded citizens.

“They let politicians, civil servants steal billions of cash. A few millions to exempt these hardworking Kenyans who have helped the economy by remitting funds from overseas won’t hurt,” said a Kico official who requested anonymity.

The Kenyans’ flight home has also been complicated after it also emerged that China will only allow people to leave after they have been placed on a 14-day quarantine at their own cost.

So, in essence Kenyans in China will be expected to meet costs of 28-day quarantine and flight tickets.

“Once these Kenyans arrive in Kenya, they will have to be quarantined. Why do they need to be subjected to another 14-day quarantine? Most Kenyans who will arrive will be broke as hell. How do you expect them to pay?” a Kico official asked.

The developments come amid reports that Kenyans in Chinese cities are among Africans suffering racial discrimination, including being kicked out of shopping malls, restaurants, grocery stores and apartments. Others have been subjected to forceful coronavirus tests after being accused of fuelling a fresh wave of infections.

Yesterday, Kenyans living in the southern city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province accused the Kenyan embassy in Beijing of leaking their personal information to Chinese authorities.

Some of those who spoke to the Nation exclusively claim that Chinese police have been using information from the Kenyan embassy to track them down and evict them from their apartments.

The list, Kenyans in China said, contained information they gave to the embassy when it asked them to register for the purpose of assistance in repatriation.

“One of the interrogated Kenyans confirmed to have seen a whole list with police,” a Kico official told the Nation.

“A list that had been compiled of Kenyans who wanted to leave China and had sought help from the embassy. Can you believe that?”

As part of its clean-up after the Covid-19 wave subsided, China has launched an operation to eject all illegal immigrants and this has seen a spike in racial attacks on Africans, including those legally documented.

In China, illegal immigrants are usually held in prison for 30 days before being deported. The alternative to the jail term is to leave the country immediately.

Ambassador Sarah Serem declined the Nation request to comment on information leak claims.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau had not responded to the Nation’s calls and text messages by the time of going to press.

However, in a recent press conference, Mr Kamau said Nairobi was in talks with Beijing over the racial discrimination and attacks.


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Drama as delegates heckle DP Ruto during BBI launch 




Delegates heckled Deputy President William Ruto during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report at the Bomas of Kenya over his remarks on the report

The DP was forced to pause his speech after the delegates started booing him after he appeared to express his dissatisfaction at the Youth leader Trans Nzoia County Alex Matere’s remarks about his wheelbarrow donations.

Ruto said by saying that Kenyans should not adopt 16th-century technology, Matere was referring to the wheelbarrows he has been supplying to Kenyans.

However, Ruto noted that the discussions Kenyans should have is why a 16th-century tool has millions of citizens still dependent on it in the 21st-century.

The DP’s remarks didn’t sit well with most of the delegates, which resulted in them openly expressing their displeasure and forcing him to stop talking.

Mbita Member of Parliament Millie Odhiambo appeared mainly pissed by Ruto’s remarks as he stood and jeering Ruto, drowning his speech.

He went on to ask for a minute to conclude his speech but the crowd couldn’t hear of it as they continued to jeer him after he appeared to hit out at the former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.

Ruto concluded his speech by calling on leaders to refrain from contests pitting the rich and the poor by quoting former US President Abraham Lincoln.

DP Ruto then proceeded to welcome his boss President Uhuru Kenyatta to make his remarks with the delegates still shouting “respect the president,” as he took his seat.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga also hit on the DP for engaging in early campaigns instead of supporting the President in delivering the Big-4 Agenda.

Raila said that Kenyans expect to be united for now but not campaigns of who will be the President in 2022 as they will handle that when the time comes.

The ODM Party leader noted that Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta should be working as a pair to bring a difference in the country.

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Uhuru maintains Raila is not government




President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday 26 October 2020 made it clear that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is not in the government.

Speaking at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, the Head of State explained that when he decided to come into an agreement with Raila, the mission was to find a way to healing this country.

“When we sat down to talk, something that was very difficult, for him and also for me and my team, very difficult. But when we got through to it and we spoke and we spoke again, we agreed that we are not here to share positions and we should put our various positions aside,” he said.

He mentioned that the two agreed to come together with a common agenda of ensuring that what the people of Kenyan have witnessed in 1992, 2005, 2007, and 2017 Kenyans shall never witness again.

He went on to make it clear that Raila Odinga never made any demands from the government.

“We did not talk about sharing government and as we stand today, he (Raila) is not in government. He is not in government; he never made any demands for the government. He never made any demands for a share of government,” he added.

The President pointed out that Raila Odinga asked for the two opposing sides to come together and fix what has been ailing the country.

He explained that this would allow the country in the future to be able to compete without the need for the innocent Kenyans blood being shed.

He went on to that the ODM leader for showing his patriotism and looking for a solution because he did not have to do it.

Uhuru also gave special thanks to his Deputy William Ruto for being part and parcel of the handshake and making the BBI report.

He revealed the three agreed that they would never talk about elective posts as they aimed to unite Kenyans.

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Corazone Kwamboka calls out Maureen Waititu for allegedly insulting her baby




There seems to be unending drama between lawyer cum socialite Corazon Kwamboka and her boyfriend’s ex Maureen Waititu.

Maureen and her baby daddy Frankie have been on each others neck with Frankie claiming the YouTuber denies him a chance to see his kids.

In her defence, Waititu claimed that Frankie does not support their two kids.

Kwamboma also jumped in and joined in the drama.

She blasted Waititu for insulting her baby because she got him with Frankie.

According to the curvy lawyer, having a baby with Waitutu’s ex is not reason enough for her to insult a young child.

“Only a sick person can insult a baby calling him a name so despicable I can’t even talk just because I had him with their ex.”

Corazon and Frankie started dating shortly after he broke up with Maureen Waititu.

They got their first child months ago.

Kwamboka further accused Waititu of always driving to her house at midnight.

According to Corazon, she was scared since she had not invited Waititu to her place.

Waititu’s behaviour forced Corazon to move out of her house to somewhere she felt safe.

“One day i’ll open my mouth. drove me out of my own house out of fear. I had to leave a house I bought with my own sweat to go into hiding because sister was driving to my house at midnight trying to I don’t know to do what to me!” she said.

The curvaceous lawyer also urged Maureen to live her life and avoid living for others.

“Don’t live for the cheers, you won’t die by their boos. People get too invested in other people’s lives like it pays,” she said.

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