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Sh2m raised in support of Kenyan scholar after UK refuses visa to daughter



After the UK rejected her daughter’s visa application, a Kenyan researcher at the University of Bristol was showered with support from well-wishers who collected Sh1.98 million.

Upon receiving her permanent post at the University, renowned global literature researcher Dr. Doseline Kiguru was ecstatic and eager to bring her six-year-old daughter along.

However, as The Guardian has revealed, Kiguru’s happiness was short-lived as the Home Office rejected her request to move to the UK with her daughter last week.

Kiguru suffered a difficult blow when the UK government refused to grant her daughter a visa. Her friends and family then started a GoFundMe campaign to support Kiguru’s daughter’s reunion with her parents, her husband and daughter.

Their first goal was to raise Sh1.4 million, but the tremendous amount of support exceeded their expectations, and in just 48 hours, they managed to raise an incredible Sh1.98 million.

The story of Kiguru sparked curiosity around the world when it was published in The Guardian. Her remarks expressed how disappointed and irritated she was that the UK government had refused her daughter’s visa, delaying their eagerly awaited reunion.

The “horrific” decision to refuse her tiny daughter a visa, according to Dr. Kiguru, devastated her, and she could not stand “to think about how alone and isolated she is feeling” back in Kenya.

In 2021, the scholar moved to Bristol for the first time to work as a research associate on a study on literary activism in Africa. Her work involved her spending long periods conducting field work in Kenya, so the family decided it was not necessary to relocate her daughter.

She and her husband made the decision to relocate their daughter to Bristol after she received an offer to become a permanent lecturer. The academic husband of Dr. Kiguru is unable to care for his daughter due to his frequent trips for research.

However, their daughter’s visa application was turned down in October despite the fact that she has already enrolled in a Bristol primary school. The family now has one week to file an appeal.

She didn’t find out her daughter’s application had been denied earlier in October until Bristol University stepped in at the beginning of November, even though the visa process was supposed to take 15 working days.

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MPs decry delay of Mt Kenya projects



Two Members of the Parliament from the Mt Kenya region have raised concern over the delay in the completion of the Mau Mau link road.

Kangema MP Peter Kihungi and his Juja counterpart George Koimburi on Sunday asked Treasury to release funds for the completion of the road that links Murang’a, Kiambu, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties.

They said that in the recent supplementary budget, the amount allocated to the road was slashed from Sh280 million to Sh175 million.

They said the Jubilee administration had allocated the project Sh4.5 billion and substantial work had been done on the ground. Kihungi said road is of immense economic importance to the local community and the country. “Residents are very much concerned about the progress of the road.

The construction during the previous government was going on well and we are worried since in the current budget Sh280 million was allocated but when it came to the supplementary budget the money was cut by more than half to Sh175 million which can hardly do much,” said Kihungi. Koimburi (pictured) said they promised their people that the Mau Mau Road would be completed once the Kenya Kwanza government assumed office.

“We want to ask the Transport CS Kipchumba Murkomen to ensure money is allocated for roads being done in Mt Kenya. Residents are eagerly waiting for completion of these roads which are expected to spur the local economy,” he said

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British soldier killed off duty in Kenya



A British soldier in Kenya passed away, after being attacked while off duty.

On November 29, UK Ministry of Defence reports that Maj Kevin McCool, 32, passed away.

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry stated that McCool “tragically died while off-duty” and did not disclose any more details regarding his death.

However, according to British media, he was attacked while riding a motorcycle off base.

According to the soldier’s father, who was cited by Sky News, McCool rode his bike away from the base in preparation for his tour of duty coming to an end in three days.

“He decided to go out on his scrambler motorbike for one last ride up a local mountain. He went up a road and two guys jumped out at him with a gun,” the father identified as Joseph told the broadcaster.

“It seems that he thought the gun was a dummy, he didn’t think it was real. He made the mistaken assumption that the gun was artificial, and they shot him.”

The Ministry of Defence states that McCool was stationed throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Falklands, and Africa after receiving his commission from Sandhurst in August 2014.

He was a “big family man” who was enjoyable to work with, according to the ministry.

“As well as a glittering operational record, he also aced many of the military’s hardest courses,” read an eulogy, “His fitness was legendary, once beating the whole Battalion on a two miler, as was his endurance. His enthusiasm was infectious.”

“He had a mischievous twinkle in his eye, that made him tremendous fun to be with. Yet his professionalism and sense of purpose was paramount and clear to all those lucky enough to serve with him.”

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Ex-Uhuru PS decries state of JKIA, terms it ‘makeshift warehouse’



Former Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Macharia Kamau has expressed disapproval of the condition of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Macharia claimed in an X statement that it might be disheartening for visitors to JKIA, particularly those from affluent nations, to arrive after a journey overseas.

He claimed that once inside the airport terminal, which resembles a temporary warehouse, the situation only becomes worse.

The former PS said that getting into the terminal gives one the feeling of “living in the stone age” period.

“Sometimes one arrives home from an international trip, say from Dubai, and one looks out the window of the plane at the depressing & chaotic urban sprawl and then gets into the makeshift warehouse that is the terminal & one just wanna weep. It’s like we are still in the Stone Age,” Amb Macharia said.

His comments coincide with the discovery of a roof leak in one of JKIA’s recently rebuilt terminals.

Henry Ogoye, Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), claims that throughout the past ten years, the airport’s facilities and infrastructure have not been adequately upgraded.

“…even temporary interventions became permanent solutions hence the current state of affairs in service disruptions,” he said.

He, however, said the government has commenced the process of addressing infrastructure development of the facility.

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