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Kenyan teen in US in need of help after being shot in the face

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Sharon Morara

A Kenyan woman living in the United States has appealed for financial help after being shot in the face.

On Monday, 17-year-old Sharon Morara created a GoFundMe page with a distressing title: “Wrongfully Shot in the Face.”

Morara tells her story of how she was out in Minneapolis protesting against police brutality on May 28, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers.

She recalls being near the local police station, with cops on one side of the road and protesters on the other. Nearby, the Lake Street Target was being looted.

Morara says she wasn’t looting and didn’t throw anything at the cops. But when the officers started lobbing tear gas into the crowd, she says, she and her friend almost got hit.

“All I remember was that I was standing by this tree, was about to turn around, and I got hit,” Morara writes on her Gofundme.com page. “I felt like I got sniped.”

She says she was rushed to Park Nicollet Hospital and had to wait there until 4am when she could be transferred to Children’s Hospital, where they had room for her.

To smile again

They stitched her up and sent her home, but she’d need plastic surgery to fix her lip so she’d be able to smile again.

She included a picture in her post, which is graphic.

Now the family is appealing for funds from well-wishers to enable the teenager to undergo the reconstructive surgery.

Sharon’s mother Rose Oboga told KDRTV that her daughter had accompanied her father to the streets to demand justice for slain African-American man when the incident happened.

Floyd, 52, died after a white policeman attached to Minneapolis Police Department knelt on his neck for nine minutes, an incident that sparked protests across US cities.

“I heard a sharp object pierce through my jaw and before I knew what it was, I lost consciousness and came down tumbling,” Sharon said.

The bullet left her with a cavernous wound on the left side of her mouth but, fortunately, it did not hit her teeth.

“My mom is a single mom, and she recently got the bill for the two hospitals I went to and the ambulance ride,” she writes. “On top of that, my mom has been looking for a plastic surgeon,” she adds.

Morara writes she didn’t know how she felt about making this Gofundme, and about the potential attention so soon after a traumatic event. But she needed “help,” and so did her mom.

She’s already raised Sh1.4 million with a goal of raising Sh6 million.

Kenyans living in the US, as well as Americans, want the incident investigated thoroughly and police officers involved arrested and prosecuted.

Sharon is a student at Hopkins High School in Minnesota. Her parents hail from Bobasi in Kisii County.

The fundraiser is aimed at helping her mother pay for the surgery, noting that not all plastic surgeons take their insurance while those that do require a down payment.

By Nairobi News

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US government issues high-risk travel advisory to Kenya over Covid-19

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The US government has issued a travel advisory to Kenya, citing an increased risk of contracting Covid-19.

In a statement posted on the US Embassy in Kenya’s website, the American government advised its citizens to reconsider travel to Kenya, stating that the Centre For Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kenya.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to Covid-19. Kenya has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations,” the notice reads.

According to the CDC, a Level 3 Travel Health Notice  is the highest risk level and means citizens should strive to avoid all non-essential travel.

A CDC Level 2 Travel Health Notice advises American citizens to practice enhanced precautions while a Level 1 Travel Health Notice advises Americans to practice usual precautions.

African countries on the Level 3 list include Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe among others.

While addressing the press during the daily Covid-19 briefing on Sunday, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced an additional 599 new Coronavirus cases raising the total number of confirmed cases in Kenya to 26,436.

America’s caseload stood at 5 million and 161,965 deaths on Saturday, according to a tally by The New York Times.

BY NN

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Post-graduation grace period for international students in USA

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BY BOB MWITI,

If you are someone who wishes to study in USA at some point in the future, you probably wonder what happens immediately you are done with your studies.

It is very important you understand the US immigration law so as not to violate your status as an international student. In this episode of Success With Bob Mwiti Show, I discuss the post-graduation grace period for you as international student in USA.

Please don’t forget to 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.

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

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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.

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.

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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