We won’t accept dirty cash, UK tells money launders

Kenyan and British authorities are monitoring forex exchange bureaus to ensure  dirty money is not changed into British Pound.

British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey has revealed that investigators from his country are working with their Kenyan counterparts to nip in the bud any attempts to change old notes, acquired through money laundering and corruption, with their Sterling pounds.Kenya is in the process of changing its currency in line with the 2010 Constitution.

The detectives are monitoring foreign exchange outlets to ensure only clean transactions are conducted.“I have spoken with the Treasury. We are keen on those who want to change Kenyan notes into Sterling,” said Mr Hailey.

The move falls in the United Kingdom’s wider scheme to help Kenya in the fight against runaway corruption.

Speaking last week in Nairobi at his residence during Queen Elizabeth II’s 93rd birthday, Hailey said monitoring foreign exchange outlets might lead to arrests  of those engaged in graft and money laundering.

The envoy further noted that suspected proceeds of corruption could have been dished out during harambees in the recent past.

“We know there might be some cases of stolen money being contributed in fundraisers. You have seen people producing big bundles of cash. It may or may not be stolen but we have to be careful,” said Hailey during an interview with journalists  at his Muthaiga residence.

During the function, attended by Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Macharia Kamau and Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, among others, Hailey also said UK investigators are working with Kenyan agencies to trace and recover stolen money stashed in the UK.

October 1

Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has directed that all old Sh1,000 notes be replaced with the new generation notes by October 1 this year.CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge also directed banking institutions to seek clearance from the monetary authority before allowing exchange of notes amounting to over Sh1 million.

The new generation bank notes were unveiled during Madaraka Day celebrations in Narok County on June 1.

By Michael Chepkwony, The Standard

Five-month pregnancy: My last day with slain lover priest

Janice Ntinyari, the 25-year-old lover of a slain Meru priest has revealed her last moments with the man of God. The couple began the day in high spirits, completely unaware of the tragedy ahead.

On that Monday afternoon, Father Eutychus Murangiri, 32, drove to their favourite rendezvous in Meru town at around midday where the two met.

On the cards was a promise of a night of revelry that the two had grown accustomed to. 

Like many other previous meetings, this one too started with a phone call and the setting up of a date. Janice says the father preferred meeting on Mondays because this was his official day off.

“He would drive from Limbine in Tigania West in his Toyota Camry while I would use public transport from Nkubu for our Meru meetings,” Janice told the Sunday Standard. 

The two would cover a combined distance of 70 kilometres every Monday to fall into each other’s embrace.

The return trip would see the father cover a 40km return journey while Janice’s trip would rack up 30 kilometres. This had been going since 2013, when Janice was a 19-year-old college student and the father on his journey to priesthood.

Feeling sleepy

On that fateful Monday though, the Father was in unusually high spirits and even introduced Janice to one of his friends after which the two lovebirds drove to Makutano Town and settled in a bar, setting the tone for the remainder of the day.

Here, a childhood friend, whom Janice identifies as Valentine Kinoti joined them some minutes later at around 1 pm and the friends drunk up to 10 pm.

By this time, she was a bit tired. Perhaps from the trip, the two had made or from the general malaise brought about by her five-month pregnancy. 

Sleepy, she left the bar and proceeded to a room she had booked together with Fr Murangiri at the Kinoru Gateway Hotel.

“We were together but l was too tired and l had to go to bed to rest. I asked them to excuse me before l checked to the room,” Ntinyari said.

Fr Eutychus Murangiri, 32 in undated photo. The catholic priest was hacked to death on Tuesday 1.45 am outside a bar he was drinking his his friends. [File, Standard]

But there is a twist to the romance. The pregnancy belongs to another man.

“The man responsible is a teacher I met when l was in Kajiado where my family had set up a new business,” she said. “The priest did not know this was not his child.”

The other man is a teacher from Western currently practising in Embu. About two hours after she had left the bar, Janice was woken up from her slumber by loud banging on her hotel room door. “It was the hotel manager.

He told me that Fr Murangiri had been stabbed,” she says.

She was then told that after having enough for the night, the priest and his friend had left the night club and walked for about 100 metres to a miraa vendor to buy some before parting ways.

According to police reports, it is believed the priest met his killers as he walked back to his car, which he intended to park closer to the guest house.

A guard at the club told police the priest, while bleeding, walked from the direction where his car was parked before collapsing near the door. He told police the priest’s friend rushed to the club after the attack.

Meanwhile, Fr Murangiri’s family has admitted to knowing Kinoti but denied knowledge of any relationship between their kin and Janice.

“I wish to state that my son was not involved with any woman. We do not know her or where she is from,” his father, Domiciano Muthuri said, adding that Fr Murangiri, a second born in a family of six children, was well-behaved and showed interest in priesthood when he was still young and never turned back.

Janice, a hotel manager in Nkubu town, has distanced herself from the killing of the father, saying she is as shocked as anyone else.

Fr Murangiri, an alumnus of Meru School and Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) before joining the seminary, was described as bright, obedient and diligent. Meru Catholic Diocese Spokesman Oreste Murimi said Murangiri will be buried tomorrow at Mujwa Catholic Cemetery.

Source:SDE

Newly-weds unique and stunning ride to reception – PHOTOS

Some people choose a limousine to carry them from church after wedding. Others prefer to ride on a horse-drawn chariot. Benjamin Makuto and his wife Diana Mulatia chose a solar-powered tricycle.

Being a trike designed to be powered only by electricity with no option of pedalling, the risk of stalling midway and causing embarrassment was all-too-present.

Luckily for the newly-weds, the machine did not disappoint despite Friday having been a cloudy day.

“The batteries have enough power to go the distance,” Mr Makuto, a 26-year-old Electrical Engineering student at the University of Nairobi, told Nairobi News on the eve of the wedding.

Their wedding took place at Harvesters’ Global Church along Kiambu Road and they rode on the trike from the church to Divine Gardens and Resort, the venue for the reception, which is three kilometres away.

Newly-weds Benjamin Makuto (right) and Diana Mulatya leave the Harvesters Global Church on a solar-powered tricycle on June 7, 2019 after their wedding. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NMG

UNIQUE INVENTION

One of the key men behind the production and testing of the bike was on the wheel as the newly-weds sat on a trailer attached to it.

The bike, assembled at the Strathmore University’s Energy Research Centre, has a flexible solar panel as its roof. The panel charges the four batteries attached to a section of the machine. The batteries power three electric motors that cause motion.

The solar-powered tricycle which Benjamin Makuto and Diana Mulatya rode on after their wedding ceremony at Harvesters’ Global Church along Kiambu Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NMG

Initial tests show that it can travel for up to 50 kilometres in one day, and that its average speed is 35 kilometres per hour.

So, why did Mr Makuto settle on this machine that is yet to be mass-produced?

“I’m a bike enthusiast,” he replied. “We had made one bike (for the event) but it didn’t have the oomph. That’s why we took this,” he said.

He paid Sh5,000 to the parent company of the tricycle for the wedding. According to Mr Robin Denton, a senior official of Solar E Cycles that partnered with Strathmore to make the bikes, this was the first time the company made an income.

“We are making the first income of Sh5,000 as a company, which is not a lot of money to most people said Mr Robin, a South African lawyer-cum-innovator who drove the tri-cycle. “But it is a unique thing we are doing today.”

Robin Denton rides off newly-wed couple Benjamin Makuto and Diana Mulatya from the Harvesters Global Church in Kiambu on June 7, 2019 after their wedding ceremony. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU

WEDDING DAY

The tricycle was put to test late last year when three models were engaged in a journey from Nairobi to Mombasa. The journey began on December 26 and ended on January 13.

They registered impressive results but gave the engineers a lot things to think about to make it a mass-produced model. Mr Robin said they plan to launch the trike in July.

As for the trike used at the wedding, groom was beside himself with joy on the eve of the event, saying that he and his then-fiancée were upbeat about the wedding day.

“I feel nice because it is something I have planned for. You feel good when it comes to fruition,” he said.

The solar-powered tricycle which Benjamin Makuto and Diana Mulatya rode on after their wedding ceremony at Harvesters’ Global Church along Kiambu Road. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NMG

Mr Makuto also noted that he is an enthusiast of solar-powered vehicles, adding that he has been thinking of a vehicle that can be of assistance to the physically disabled.

“The whole idea is that we can develop things that consume solar energy and avoid fuel,” said the fourth year student who also works part-time.

By Elvis Ondieki, Nairobi News

Adelle Onyango hangs up boots, kisses Kiss goodbye

Kiss 100 presenter, Adelle Onyango, has announced her departure from the radio station to pursue a fresh challenge in life.

Adelle, who has been hosting the station’s breakfast show alongside Shaffie Were for the last seven years, made the announcement on her Instagram page on Friday.

“Yesterday (Saturday) I had my last breakfast show with Kiss FM. It’s been a decision that I did not come to lightly,” said Adelle.

“After seven years (at Kiss), I need a new challenge. Change is the only constant thing in life, and it is through endings that we begin a new. In leaving Kiss I have a whole lot of thoughts,” she further wrote.

The sassy presenter also thanked her fans and colleagues for their support.

“To my coworkers, my bosses. To anyone who tuned in, to TeamADELLE I say thank you! As for the future, I say CHEERS… Here’s to everyone starting a new, here’s to everyone believing, here’s to everyone evolving, here’s to everyone who wants to make a difference, here’s to the unknown, here’s to the darkness and the light, here’s to forgiveness and all that we fight, here’s to the stories that no one knows, here’s to the endings and all the foes, ” Adelle wrote

However, Adelle gave no hints where she is headed to.

Neither has her former employer commented on her departure or her possible replacement.

Source: By Nahashon Musungu, Nairobi News

VIDEO:Cheating on my wife has spared me prostate cancer-Deya

How far would you go to protect yourself from prostate cancer? For Bishop Gilbert Deya, the answer is simple – cheat on your wife.

Speaking to Standard Digital during an exclusive interview, Deya said he was in England for 15 years and “could not be (sic) without a woman”.But is there a link between one’s sexual health and their chances of getting prostate cancer?

A 2016 European Eurology study showed men who have sexual intercourse frequently are less likely to develop prostate cancer.Deya is not new to controversy.

He made headlines in 2018 over the miracle babiessaga.Now Deya distances himself from the spiritual scam, accused his wife Mary of the tribulations that befell on them, which include stealing children in Mountain View Estate, Nairobi.In May 2018, the ‘Miracle babies’ preacher was granted a Sh10 million bond. Deya is accused of stealing five children.

The trial is ongoing. He spent close to a year at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, but he is now out after a nine-month sojourn following deportation from the United Kingdom.

But Deya says his stay at Kamiti was an act of God.He added that the prison violates basic human rights and should be checked.The buckets inmates are supposed to use when relieving themselves are kept in the same packed cells that hold up to 50 people.

He compared the prisons in Kenya to those in Britain, where each inmate is allocated a cell with a toilet and a computer.“It was traumatising and unhealthy … it was a horrific time,” the preacher said of Kamiti Prison.Improving Kamiti cells by calling for better toilets and improved visiting area was part of Deya’s mission at the prison, he says.But questioned further on why he didn’t mix with other criminals and instead operated from a VIP cell, the preacher said the decision was made by British inspectors.

“Even if I chose to stay with 50 inmates, it would not be proper.”He castigated the media, to a point of threatening to sue, for reporting that he has been charged with child trafficking.

Deya is accused of stealing five children.On the matter of stolen children, Deya said only his wife knows if he fathered the children.

One of the children listed as stolen was born while he was out of the country. He says he knows little about whether they were stolen.So were they miracle babies?

“There are miracles…To me Gilbert Deya as a person, excluding my wife, I have never done a miracle beyond the medical people (sic). The women who claim got children … that was the work of my wife, I was not in the country.”

Deya added that his wife may have cheated on him while he was out of the country, conceived and gave birth.

“The way it happened I cannot explain … the worst part is that the parents of the baby (whom the wife is suspected of stealing) were not found.”

Deya and his wife are no longer together.One would question how a pastor who left his wife would counsel couples.But Deya says even Apostle Paul from the Bible had no wife yet he advised faithful on marriage.

He said Christians are wrong to judge clerics on their marital status. Anyone who does so is “primitive”.“Are people going to talk about my marriage affairs? They shouldn’t. Jesus never married anyone.”

Archbishop Deya purports to enjoy more following in West Africa and contemplates setting up his African headquarters in Nigeria once he is done with his case.

Source:Standard Digital

Never seen before photo of Betty Kyallo’s dad, Major Kyallo

You have all met Betty Kyallo’s mum, Julia Ngii.

But little is know about her dad.

In a recent post, Betty got all sentimental about her mummy.

“Aki mum, si you know nakupenda Sana. Zile viboko zote ulinipiga na slippers, kuchunwa, zote zimenisaidia maishani.(I love you mum. All those canes and pinches you have all set me on a right path) 😘😘😘 Only that Ivanna amekataa kuchapwa lakini ni sawa tu.😋😋 Thank you for being the most amazing woman I know. 💃I love you. Happy Mother’s day! Mpesa inaingia saa hii Kama stima.”

Betty IG

Betty’s dad was introduced by her brother Brian Kyallo. The photo was taken two years ago after a funeral service a while back. Their grandmother had passed on.

Betty wrote, “I’M NAMED AFTER THIS SWEET OLD LADY, BETTY KINANDA (KINANDA IS THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT KNOWN AS ACCORDION BECAUSE OF OUR LOVE FOR GOOD MUSIC ?) SHE IS WISE AND FUNNY. OH AND SHE’S 101 YEARS! GOD BLESS HER❤️”

Betty IG

Betty’s brother Brian, posted about their loss saying,

“Laid to rest the great matriarch of the Kang’ulyu family. Our granny, Cucu Beatrice Mutei ‘Kinanda’, was 101 years. This was a true celebration of life … An event we as family cherished. On my right is my Pops, Major Kyallo.”

He shared this photo that also introduced their father to their fans.

On Betty’s right is her Pops, Major Kyallo.

Source: Mpasho

What killed Mastermind Tobacco Chairman Wilfred Murungi?

Mastermind Tobacco Chairman Wilfred Murungi is dead, the company has announced in a memo to staff. 

The memo that was released on Thursday June 6, 2019, confirms the sudden demise of the tycoon but does not reveal further the circumstances of his death.His death comes after years a legal tussle pitting the Mastermind Tobacco company and the Kenya Revenue Authority on Sh1.99 billion tax dispute.

On November 20, 2019, Mr Murungi negotiated an out-of-court settlement of tax dispute.

Appearing before the Justice Pauline Nyamweya, the legal team that represented the company reported that there was a breakthrough in the negotiations.

The cigarette maker was challenging a move by the taxman in which auctioneers were sent to seize its assets for defaulting on remittances.The company got a respite when the court directed that the case be mentioned on December 5, 2018, to allow for recording consent and reporting of orders.

Justice Nyamweya also granted the Supermatch brand of cigarettes manufacturer further breathing space when she ruled that the KRA should not auction its assets.

The legal battle ended in a deal where the company agreed with KRA that it would sell its prime assets to settle Sh2.9 billion tax arrears.

On May 12, 2019, local media reported that workers at the Mastermind Tobacco company were on a go-slow over delayed salaries.

That only junior staff members were paid in February and managers had three months salaries unpaid.Even though the company remained tight-lipped over the issue, reports indicated that over 1,000 workers were affected by the cash crunch in the company that threatened to bring the manufacturer to its knees.

In 2015 British newspaper The Independent published revelations of whistleblower Paul Hopkins indicating that top officials in Prime Minister Odinga’s office during his tenure in 2010 wrote to the Kenya Revenue Authority asking them to drop tax demands against tobacco manufacturer Mastermind, a rival of BAT.

Source:Standardmedia.co.ke

Watch TV reporter smack man who walks into his live set

A frustrated Kenyan TV journalist was recently forced to slap a person who intruded on his work while he was on a field assignment.

As per the video which was widely shared on social media, Charles Gikunga of Inooro TV is seen going about his business while doing a piece-to-camera (PTC) with curious onlookers in the background.

He then suddenly notices a by-passer approaching and finding his way between the image and the camera person.

In a sudden fit of rage, the journalist unsuccessfully directs a slap in the direction of the intruder much to the amusement of a boy in the background.

The journalist then continues with his PTC but suddenly stops in a state of resignation.

This development comes months after Citizen TV journalist Hassan Mugambi was filmed slapping his colleagues in public, whom he deemed to have been obstructing the camera’s view.

SOURCE:NairobiNews

Sauti Sol’s Bien planning a wedding

Sauti Sol’s Bien is looking forward to wedding his fiancee Chiki this year.

Speaking to Word Is on Friday, he said, “I will be having the wedding but about the progress, I have left my fiancée to do the planning.”

Adding, “I can’t avoid one because I love this lady so much.”

Bien-Aime Baraza proposed to his long-term girlfriend, Chiki Kuruka, early this year in an intimate cinema date.

Bien went on his knee at Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. The African vocal star made sure they had privacy. He hired an entire cinema hall at the mall and made sure only a few friends witnessed the proposal.

“I had previously told some of my girlfriend’s family members and her close friends to do a video saying why they love her. Every one of them said a beautiful thing about her, and I made a collage video from their videos,” Bien said in a previous interview with Word Is.

Her close friend lied to her that she was having issues with her boyfriend and wanted her to be present when they reconcile. They were later to proceed to a cinema hall and watch a movie, where Bien and his friends were, although she was not aware.

“It was dark so she could not see where we were seated. The movie started and the first video that appeared was from her father, followed by the other videos of her friends. And that is when I walked over,” Bien said., adding that he had also composed a love song for his four-year girlfriend.

A day after he proposed, Bien for the first time shared a few details on how he met his love.

“One day I met a girl outside a club on museum hill,” he posted on Instagram.

“She was hanging out with @emmanueljambo and I thought to myself ‘wow she’s hot as hell.’ About a month later we bumped into each other again at a party and had a conversation. I was mind blown. I had never met a better combination of beauty and brains. She has a heart of gold. My niggah, my ride or die, my shoulder to cry.”

Bien will be the second member of the boy band Sauti Sol to marry after guitarist Polycarp Otieno walked down the aisle with his Burundian girlfriend Lady Mandi last year.

Source:The Star

Why UN staff is unhappy with Nairobi landlords

United Nations employees in Nairobi are seeking diplomatic intervention to have their house rent deposits refunded whenever they vacate their houses, accusing Kenyan landlords of extorting them.

In a letter addressed to Ambassador Rose Makena Muchiri, the Permanent Representative to the Kenya Mission for United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON), the staff claim that their landlords have been raising unjustified expense claims to hold their house rent deposits whenever their tour of duty in the country comes to an end.

Most UN staff live in upmarket neighbourhoods such as Runda, Spring Valley, Gigiri and Kilimani where they pay between Sh150,000 to Sh400,000 in house rent per month.

REPUTATIONAL DAMAGE

The landlords ordinarily require that they pay the equivalent of two months’ rent as deposit at the beginning of their lease periods.

The money is meant to be refundable at the end of their tenancy. However, the UN tenants claim that landlords are in most cases hesitant to refund the deposits at the end of their stay in Kenya.

“It is now widely-acknowledged that one of the key negative reasons expats and UN staff are apprehensive of serving in Kenya is this threat. I believe this is causing serious reputational damage that could be unwarranted if addressed properly and transparently,” says UN Nairobi Staff Union president in the letter.

Source:Nairobi News

Woman says murdered Catholic priest was her lover

 A woman who had gone out partying with a Catholic priest before he was murdered has claimed that they had been in a relationship for the last six years. 

Detectives say the 25-year-old woman, who worked in a guest house in Nkubu town, had been drinking with Eutychus Murangiri before he was stabbed at around 1.45am on Tuesday.

Fr Murangiri, 32, was a Diocesan priest who had served for one year after his ordination as deacon at the St Pius Seminary, Nkubu, in June last year.

In December, he was ordained as a priest and posted to Limbine Parish in Tigania West.

Meru Catholic Diocese spokesman Oreste Murimi said Murangiri would be buried on Monday at Mujwa Catholic Cemetery.

In her statement, the woman told detectives she started dating Murangiri in 2013 when she was still in college in Embu.

She said they routinely met in Meru town on Mondays, which was the priest’s official day off from work.

The priest would drive the 20km from Limbine in his Toyota Carmi while the woman would use public transport from Nkubu and travel 15km for their meeting at a restaurant-cum-guest house.

The woman also told detectives she was dating a teacher, who works in Kajiado. She said she was five-months pregnant with the teacher’s child. 

Male friend 

On Monday, the woman was picked up by the priest in Meru town and they drove to a hotel in Makutano for lunch.

A mutual male friend later joined them for drinks.This friend was unemployed and Murangiri was picking up the tab.

According to police, the woman said at about midnight she left the two men and went to the room booked for her and the priest.

The friend had been booked in a separate room.

“She said she was tired, excused herself and went to the room. The two men were left drinking,” said the police source.

The woman told police she was later woken up by a manager who told her the priest had been stabbed.

According to reports, the priest and his friend had left the night club and walked about 100 metres to the Meru-Maua junction to buy miraa before they parted ways.

Walked back 

It is believed that the priest met his killers when he walked back to his car, which he intended to park closer to the guest house.

A guard at the club told police the priest, while bleeding, walked from the direction where his car was parked before he collapsed near the door.He added that the priest’s friend rushed to the club after the attack.

Sources also said that early last year, while he was a seminarian at Mitinguu Parish, Murangiri had been attacked in Chuka town and his motorcycle and personal effects stolen. He was not harmed in the Chuka attack.

Source:Standard.co.ke

The Cover Up: The story of a married senator and Sonko’s daughter

Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Governor Mike Sonko’s daughter Ms Agnes Saumu Mbuvi were on Saturday night attacked outside the Memphis Lounge off Thika Road.

The two are admitted at a top hospital in the city. The Senator suffered deep cuts on his head during the attack.

An attempt by junior police officers at Kasarani Police Station to cover up the incident failed after their seniors from the Vigilance House headquarters demanded to be briefed about the incident on Monday morning.

Apparently, the junior officers had withheld details about the incident from their senior at the police station. They quickly released the details after it emerged that victims of the assault were prominent personalities.

Kasarani Police Station boss  Peter Kimani did not comment on the cover up attempt, only confirming the incident and saying that investigations had started.

“Investigations into the matter have started and we are looking for more suspects who will assist us in the investigations,” Mr Kimani said.

Nairobi News contacted the management of Memphis Lounge and a representative denied being aware of the incident.

“We are not aware of such an incident taking place here,” said the representative who refused to identify herself before she hanged up.

EIGHT SUSPECTS ON THE RUN

By Tuesday night, police were in search of eight suspects believed to have taken part in the assault.

Nairobi News has established that the incident was reported at Kasarani Police Station under OB number 22/02/06/2019, but it is not clear why investigations into the incident did not commence immediately.

In a statement recorded at the station and seen by Nairobi News Sonko’s daughter narrated how she had gone to the washroom when a man who was standing outside the toilet followed her and held her by the neck suggestively.

“We stayed at the club up to 0240hours on 2nd day of June, 2019. As we were moving out I went to answer to a call of nature and I went to the toilet located at the entrance of the said lounge. As I went inside the toilet, a man who was standing in front of the toilet followed me and held me by the top. I screamed for help,” read a statement by Ms Saumu at the station.

She further explained that “as she screamed for help someone decided to throw a stone inside the toilet and the man who she described as short and brown moved out and locked himself inside a different room.”

Senator Loitiptip later followed the man to the room and ordered him to come out and explain why he had followed a woman to the toilet.

According to the statement, the man decided to open the door and apologised for touching the lady, who asked the senator to forgive him.

TASER GUN

A detective who spoke to Nairobi News in confidence said the senator attacked the man with a taser gun-  a battery-powered, handheld device that delivers a short, low-energy electrical pulses.

“The man was attacked by a taser gun and it is the attack that led to the confrontation that later took place at the parking lot,” the detective said, adding that they are in search of the taser gun.

At the parking slot, a gang confronted the senator and hit him with clubs before they escaped leaving him badly injured. Ms Saumu was also injured on her right hand.

Ms Saumu in her statement said that she called her cousin and stepsister who took them to hospital.

In January, the Senator reported at the Kasarani Police Station that he had was having a drink at the same joint when he found his car missing.

Nairobi News

What the Kenyan hustler does abroad

Kenya exports products like tea, coffee and flowers. But we have not been good at exporting services like the Americans, have.

We have attempted, though, with lots of Kenyans working in the Gulf, Europe, US, South Africa and other parts of the world.They send money home that counts as one of the leading sources of foreign income. 

What about hustling?

Do we export our hustles abroad, popularly called majuu? Is the Kenyan spirit of hustling universal? Does it hover beyond our borders? Research suggests we export lots of hustles to different parts of the world. One popular destination for Kenyan immigrants is the USA. This could be attributed to history, with the airlift of 1959 taking Kenyans for training in the US before the country got uhuru.

That connected the US to the heart of the first uhuru government. Remember Uhuru Kenyatta later went to school there?The Chinese would have to replicate this to offer Americans real competition in Kenya’s economic and sociopolitical space.

The airlift was an American stroke of genius.They replicated this with hordes of students from the former Soviet Union breakaway republics, such as Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and east European countries like Romania. 

The media, the Green Card lottery and the Obama effect have whetted our appetite to immigrate to the land of opportunity and home of the brave.

But after Trump, Canada now seems to be the new magnet. Anyway, enough digression. 

Attractive options

 For immigrants who never get formal jobs for lack of skills or because priority is given to citizens, hustling remains the only option.

Popular hustles abroad 

Which hustles are popular? Muriuki Mukurima is a senior Kenyan hustler based in Los Angeles, California, and he shared with me some of the popular hustles among Kenyans.

First on the list is the CNA (Certified Nursing Aide), which is the lowest job cadre in the healthcare industry.

Its ease of entry makes it an attractive option, and sometimes people don’t even need papers to be hired. Nursing is one the most popular professions pursued by Kenyans in the US of both genders.

Maybe its not a popular career option among Americans, which has created a shortage.Other hustles include the scrap metal business; both buying and selling.

Trucking (especially box trucks) is another popular job and involves driving goods across states.Catering (in-house cooking of chapatis, mandazis and samosas and selling them to other Kenyans) is also popular, as is the buying goods, like perfumes from well-known stores in the US and selling them back home. I also came across babysitting and painting. There’s nyama choma, too. I recall eating that at Kamau’s near Washington DC.

By XN Iraki, Standard Media

US citizenship or the job? Tough choice for Uhuru’s appointee

Ms Mwende Mwinzi, who has all but passed the parliamentary vetting for the position of Kenya’s High Commissioner to Seoul, South Korea, now faces a tough choice: To renounce her US citizenship and take up the job, or forget about the prestigious appointment.

Section 31 (1) of the Leadership and Integrity Act provides that a State officer who acquires dual citizenship shall lose the position. Subsection two says that a person who holds dual citizenship shall, upon election or appointment to a State office, not take office before officially renouncing their other citizenship in accordance with the provisions of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act.

Set precedent

Yesterday, the National Assembly Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, which vetted seven nominees last week, presented its report to the House recommending the appointment of the nominees but with a disclaimer on Ms Mwinzi’s approval.

“The committee recommends that Ms Mwinzi be appointed subject to renouncing her US citizenship,” said the committee chairman, Mr Katoo Ole Metito (Kajiado South MP).

The House is expected to vote on the report tomorrow, either approving or rejecting it. If approved, the names will be taken to the President for formal appointment.

During the vetting last week, Mr Metito said that the matter of Ms Mwinzi would set a precedent after she admitted that she was also a US citizen. Ms Mwinzi told the team she had no powers to choose where to be born.

“I was born in the US but I belong to Kenya. You can choose where to belong but you cannot choose where to be born,” Ms Mwinzi said.

Also recommended for appointment is Mr Michael Mubea (Dublin- Ireland). The others are Mr Kariuki Mugwe (Abu Dhabi), Mr Peter Angore (Algiers, Algeria), Ms Flora Karugu (Lusaka, Zambia), Ms Diana Kiambuthi (Stockholm, Sweden) and Ms Njambi Kinyungu (Un-Habitat).

Source:David Mwere Daily Nation

Kenyan gay rugby player asked to leave the UK ASAP

Kenyan rugby player Kenneth Macharia has been asked to leave the United Kingdom soonest possible.

The 39 year-old Macharia went to the UK in 2009 on a student visa. He has been living in the UK on asylum after his work visa expired back in 2016.

According to the Guardian newspaper, the mechanical design engineer has twice been granted extensions to remain, as a student and then as a highly skilled migrant.

While in the UK, he joined Bristol Bisons, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rugby team as a photographer and later as a player.

VISA EXPIRED

However, when his visa expired, he applied to live in the UK on asylum out of the fear he will be victimized if he came back to Kenya, considering the Kenyan law criminalizes LGBTQ.

UK’s Home Office however declined his recent request to stay longer in the UK, according to the Guardian.

“You have no basis to continue to stay in the United Kingdom and you are expected to make arrangements to leave the United Kingdom without delay,” read the letter in part.

Macharia has been through a legal appeal process that has dragged on for several years.

The initial asylum appeal was rejected in October 2016, so too was an appeal against the decision in December that year.

REFUSED APPEAL

He was twice refused the right to appeal to the court of appeal in October 2017 and June 2018.

Macharia lodged new submissions in November and December which were the subject of the Home Office’s latest decision.

A judge previously accepted that Macharia is gay but dismissed his claim that he would suffer persecution in Kenya.

Source:BBC