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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Taken! Renowned Kenyan economist in US marries his American sweetheart

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Dr. David Waigwa Wachira (Ph.D) is finally taken. The public Finance and Governance Specialist married his Sweetheart, Cecilie Olaussen, on Saturday at a colorful private Ceremony in Texas, USA.

According to the family, the wedding had been slated for earlier in the year but owing to the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic, it had to be postponed.

 

It all started when…

…we met in the Spring of 2018 in Washington, DC at a World Bank Youth to Youth event. Our meeting was brief; however it left an indelible impression.

While David was on a short mission trip to Zimbabwe, we spent countless hours talking on the phone and exchanging emails. The conversations brought our hearts together, albeit, we were thousands of miles apart. Upon David’s return to DC, and emblematic of his mannerism, he sent a calendar invite for our proper first date.

Several months later, David invited me to Kenya for my first visit; where we worked on two non-profit events, after which, we embarked on an unforgettable Safari. Sadly, once summer was over, David had to leave for a yearlong assignment in Zimbabwe. Despite the insurmountable distance, we made it work and had the opportunity to visit each other.

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It was during these visiting trips that Cecilie fell in love with Africa. David’s assignment ended in the Summer of 2019, and he returned to Washington, DC. David proposed to Cecilie on the 5th of November, during an intimate dinner gathering with close friends in Washington, DC. Cecilie obviously said yes!

We are so excited to celebrate this.

 

“The Lord is gracious. He has given Tabitha and I another daughter. Meet Cecilie Wachira, wife to Dr. David Waigwa Wachira. To God be all the glory!” Wrote Rev Dr Solomon Waigwa, Wachira’s dad, shortly after the ceremony.

 

“Thank you all for your prayers. We had a great wedding here in Dallas. Here the couple paused for a quick brief prayer before entering the sanctuary to become husband and wife,” he added, referring to the first  photo published below.

Cecilie is a wedding and portrait Photographer based in Washington, D.C.

Here are photos of the couple courtesy of the family:

 

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Kenyan nurse in US among six arrested in connection to inmate’s death

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Six people, among them a Kenyan nurse, have been arrested and are being indicted on charges of manslaughter, criminal negligent homicide and tampering with government records in connection to an inmate’s death at the Midland County Jail.

Lilian Okeri, 27, and five other nurses have been charged in the death of Savion Hall, who died in July, 2019, at a hospital in Texas.

Okeri was an LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) at the time of the inmate’s death, but has since become a Registered Nurse (RN).

Others charged alongside Okeri, are Adeola Adesomi, 41, Flor Estrada, 30, Timothy Forbush, 28, Kelly Robins, 52, and Esther Ihediwa, 45.

The six, according to court documents, are being accused of failing to maintain proper and adequate records for the victim to get proper medical care.

The second charge according to CBS 7, states that, by failing to keep medical records, Hall did not receive the “proper medical care.”

MEDICAL RECORDS

The six individuals, are also accused of making false entries on Hall’s medical records.

According to court documents, Texas Rangers were called in to investigate the death of Hall who was in the custody of the detention center.

The investigation was then turned over to the Texas Rangers. After a lengthy investigation, the case was presented to the Midland County District Attorney’s Office.

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As a result of restrictions due to Covid-19, the State could not present the case to a Grand Jury until this summer.

By Nairobi News

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Kenyan woman in US who was sexually assaulted found by family after 7 years

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A Kenyan woman who last year told Jacksonville, Florida police that she was sexually assaulted outside the First Baptist Church in the downtown area has been traced after her worried family said she hadn’t been in touch for a whole seven years.

The family of Beatrice Adhiambo Olwal Aka Betty Olual was last in touch with her in October 2013 by phone.  Since then, they had tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with her until an article dated 2 August 2019 showed up on google search, indicating that she had been sexually assaulted.

On Friday, sources told Kenya Satellite News Network that they were finally able to trace her.

According to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the woman told police on July 23 2019 that she was dropped off by a taxi near a bus station and was walking along the sidewalk by the church when she was approached from behind by a man on a black mountain bike.

According to the report, around 1:30 a.m., the woman said the man dropped his bike, walked up to her, held her at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. He then left the area on his bike.

Local news outlets reported that she had told the police that she walked to a nearby hospital and checked in at about 2:38 a.m., where she told staff what happened. Officers noted in the report the man went by the name Derek.

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“Officers went to the scene and found a wristband on the sidewalk next to the church,” noted a police report.

A statement from First Baptist Church reads in part:

“Our church is locked and secured at night, and we have security present during our work hours. We work with JSO to provide a safe place for worshipers. We are grieved by such horrendous acts of violence.”

Betty used to frequent the area.

“What happened is unnerving. I stay near the church because I feel  secure there,”  she is quoted as telling a local station, who described her as homeless.

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Kenyans in US Can fly home – except from these states even as Covid situation gets worse nationally

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Kenya’s Ministry of Transport on Friday cleared seven more countries for resumption of international flights to Kenya scheduled to commence on Saturday, 1st of August.

The seven are United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas), United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Quarter, United Arab Emirates and Italy.

The list of countries identified and announced on Thursday from which travelers will be exempt from quarantine include China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Zimbabwe Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and Morocco.

In a statement Friday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said review of countries from which travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry of Health on day to day basis and then the Ministry will then advise the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Urban Development and Housing for further action.

He noted that the risk profile of any country could change and therefore the status with regard to the clarifications and directives could also change.

” We wish to emphasize and reiterate that from 1st August 2020 Kenyan Airspace will be open to authorised airlines and travelers. The issue is only whether the travelers will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Kenya due to the risk evaluation of respective countries. Those required to quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at their home subject to prevailing guidelines.” He said

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The Ministry of Transport with the relevant stakeholders have prepared a Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and international flights.

The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.

The Protocol has therefore confirmed that:-

  1. All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.
  2. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;
  3. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;
  4. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;
  5. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;
  6. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board;
  7. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin recirculation air filters will be put in place; and
  8. Working jointly with Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.
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Meanwhile, Air France and KLM will on Saturday resume passenger flights to Kenya.

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Passengers can now fly Air France and KLM from Nairobi to Paris and Amsterdam with the possibility of transfer to other European and North Atlantic destinations.

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Air France – KLM Commercial Director for Eastern Africa Steven Van Wijk, says the flights to and from Nairobi will be operated in strict compliance with local and international health protocols and will adhere to the highest standards of health and hygiene.

KLM and Air France have taken various measures before and after boarding at Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle airports

“We wish to assure all our customers that we have taken precautionary measures to ensure that we conduct our operations safely, comfortably and responsibly. The safety of our passengers and crew will always be our top priority and this is why we have taken all necessary measures in accordance with WHO guidelines,” said Steven.

Passengers are however advised to familiarize themselves with applicable travel restrictions that vary from country to country and may be subject to change prior to booking. In particular, they need to be aware of the entry and residency rules for the destination countries as these are likely to have changed with the evolving global health situation.

The resumption of flights by Air France and KLM will further boost Kenya’s economic recovery efforts and especially the tourism and horticulture sectors which are dependent on air connectivity to key markets in Europe, US and other parts of the world.

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Full Statement fro Ministry of Transport:

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING, URBAN
DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS
COMMUNIQUE ON THE RESUMPTION OF INTERNATIONAL AIR
TRAVEL ON 1ST AUGUST 2020
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya directed that
International Air Travel would resume on 1st August, 2020 and
instructed the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban
Development and Public Works to develop a Protocol to ensure the
safety of travellers.
The Ministry in consultation with relevant stakeholders prepared a
Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the Covid-19 Public Health
Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air
travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and
international flights.
The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19
pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and
the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.
The Protocol has therefore confirmed that:-
1. All arriving passengers on international flights whose body
temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a
persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like
symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out
within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered
low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be
exempt from quarantine.
List of countries identified and announce yesterday from which
travelers will be exempt from quarantine include:
• Canada
• South Korea
• Namibia
• Uganda
• China
• Rwanda
• Morocco
• Japan
• Zimbabwe
• Ethiopia
• Switzerland
Additional countries identified today following further review
and Consultation between the Cabinet Secretaries
responsible for Transport, Health and Tourism:
• The United States of America (except for California, Florida
and Texas;
• United Kingdom
• France
• Netherlands
• Quarter
• United Arab Emirates
• Italy
Review of countries from which travelers will not be required
to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry
of Health on day to day basis. The Ministry will then advise
the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Urban Development
and Housing for further action.
The risk profile of any country could change and therefore the
status with regard to these clarifications and directives could
also change.
We wish to emphasize and reiterate that from 1st August 2020
Kenyan Airspace will be open to authorised airlines and
travelers. The issue is only whether the travelers will be
required to quarantine upon arrival in Kenya due to the risk
evaluation of respective countries. Those required to
quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at
their home subject to prevailing guidelines.
2. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be
required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19
related requirements of the destination country;
3. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air
Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their
hotels and/or residences;
4. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the
Airport to drop or pick up passengers;
5. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air
Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their
departure airport;
6. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers
regarding application of the preventive measures on board;
7. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the
seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew
members will make constant on-board announcements
reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other
preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and
respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In
addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin
recirculation air filters will be put in place; and
8. Working jointly with Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation,
the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban
Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and
timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.
James W. Macharia, EGH
CABINET SECRETARY

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