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Kenyan deployed with the British Army to Afghanistan Injured In Roadside Blast

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2009

By Rory Reynolds

David Etale (Photo courtesy of Edinburgh Spartan FC

David Etale (Photo courtesy of Edinburgh Spartan FC

A FORMER professional footballer turned soldier was due to return from Afghanistan last night after being injured in a roadside bomb.

Rifleman David Etale, from Edinburgh-based 3 Rifles, was left unconscious after his back bore the brunt of the blast.

The Kenyan – who now plays for Edinburgh Spartans – told his friends and family he was “recovering well” but could not walk easily, and still has shrapnel lodged in his back.

David is to be taken to a specialist army hospital in the south of England to recover.

On Saturday his side heard that their team mate had been injured the a blast just before their Scottish cup tie match against Forfar, which they went on to lose 1-0.David joined the British Army three years ago after many of his relatives were killed in the civil war in his homeland.

Shrapnel

Spartans chairman Craig Graham said he had been shocked by the news, and added that his players’ thoughts were with David’s family.

He said: “Overshadowing all the football was the news that David was injured on Friday along with two of his colleagues in a bomb blast.

“We don’t have too many details but we do know David is in hospital.

“We’ve been told his injuries are not life threatening.

“He can speak on the phone, walk a little, but has shrapnel in his back.

“When people were first told the atmosphere was very quiet, but I think David would have wanted us to be as focused as we could on the match.

“Since then, everyone has been very keen to find out how he is.

“He was really, really popular, he really loves football and his colleagues used to call him the ‘tracksuit soldier’.

“He was also very keen to get involved with voluntary work in the community.”

Just before being deployed to Afghanistan in October David had volunteered to take a group of young fans to watch the Scotland versus Holland match.

Mr Craig added that the players were all concerned about David’s colleagues from 3 Rifles, who were injured in the attack.

He said that around 40 squaddies from 3 Rifles often came to Spartans matches.

Mike Lawson, Spartans’ joint manager said: “The bad news from Afghanistan made the football seem insignificant.

“That famous ‘life and death’ quote by Bill Shankly all those years ago couldn’t be further from the truth.

“When Craig phoned me just as I was leaving home to head down to the academy, the news we had all dreaded hearing left me numb.

“Our thoughts go to David, all his fellow soldiers out there and their families back home.”

Source: deadlinescotland.wordpress.com

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Bizarre murder in posh Nairobi estate

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2009

A police officer stands besides the body of a young girl that was dumped by the road side at the Ole Lerogi gardens in Lavington November 29,2009. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE

A police officer stands besides the body of a young girl that was dumped by the road side at the Ole Lerogi gardens in Lavington November 29,2009. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE

By MUCHEMI WACHIRA and CASPER WAITHAKA Posted Sunday, November 29 2009 at 22:30

 

Two women were killed in Nairobi in separate incidents on Sunday. The first reported death was at the posh Lavington neighbourhood, where the body of a woman in her early 20s was found dumped on a footpath at the Ole Lerogi Gardens.

 

 

Reacting to the incident, neighbours said they had been witnessing some ‘weird’ happenings inside a house adjacent to the scene, and that their complaints to the police had yielded no response.

 

 

“Sometimes we hear people making merry overnight in the house, while other times we hear people crying out hysterically. On yet other occasions, there is a lot of quarrelling and insults within that house,” a neighbour said, adding that a string of luxury vehicles regularly snakes into the compound from midnight and leaves just before dawn.

 

 

However, Kilimani police boss Francisio Nyamantari termed the incident a normal act of savagery, and said the woman appeared to have been murdered elsewhere.

 

 

In the other incident, an Air Force service man attached to the Moi Air Base was suspected of killing his wife after a domestic argument in Umoja. Their househelp said the woman had arrived home at around eight in the evening on Saturday, after which she picked a quarrel with the husband.

 

 

Naked body

 

 

“He locked me and their child inside the kitchen as the quarrel got heated,” the househelp said. “But, towards dawn, everything suddenly went quiet. I called a neighbour to come and free us in the morning, and that’s when we discovered the naked body sprawled on the floor.”

 

 

The suspect was still at large at the time of going to press. Neighbours told the Nation the couple quarrelled a lot, and that they assumed the deadly fight was just another one of those squabbles.

 

 

Source: Daily Nation

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3,000 officers work as househelps

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2009

By Kenneth Ogosia

About 3,000 police officers work as cooks, gardeners, drivers, sentries and receptionists for senior commanders.

The report of the taskforce on police reforms presented to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga last month and obtained by the Nation says unless these officers revert to security-related work, reforms will remain a pipe dream.

The report, which recommends a major shake-up in the top ranks, exposes serious problems including poor leadership, patronage, corruption and a communication breakdown between the ranks.

“All officers of the rank of assistant Commissioner of Police or Administration Police and above (must) be subjected to a review based on skills, integrity, track record and mental or intellectual ability,” the 276-page report says.

The taskforce, headed by retired judge Phillip Ransley, criticises the deployment of such a large number of trained security personnel as househelps.

“The taskforce is concerned that Kenya Police and AP officers are deployed in non-core functions which compromises the ability of police to discharge their mandate,” the report says.

This, according to the document, perpetuates corruption. “The chances of influencing promotions are high given that such officers are closer to senior government officials.”

The report says the deployment, which did not take into account specialised skills, is left to the discretion of senior officers, resulting in criminal investigators and traffic police doing menial duties.

This has resulted in officers with no specialised training working in key departments.

Source: Daily Nation

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Physio struck off for fondling elderly patients

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2009

By Natalie Slater- www.getreading.co.uk  

A physiotherapist who fondled elderly women during appointments has been struck off the register.

Julius Wahogo, a Kenyan national, was working for NHS Berkshire West and the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre (BMSTC), based in Brock Gardens, West Reading, when a number of complaints were made against his conduct.

At a hearing of the Health Professions Council on Wednesday last week, members heard how Wahogo had hugged and kissed patients while he had an erection and had told one woman he wanted to kiss her.

He pulled one wheelchair-bound patient’s hand to touch his erection and also put his tongue in her mouth, the council heard.

Wahogo was dismissed by NHS Berkshire West in 2007 following the complaints and later resigned from the BMSTC.

During the hearing at the Novotel hotel in Friar Street, in Reading town centre, it was heard Wahogo had made sexual comments to another patient while doing a leg-raising exercise saying: “Your breasts are dancing. I love it.”

Seven women patients and one woman colleague made allegations about his behaviour from 2006 to 2008.

Wahogo was found guilty of misconduct and struck off the register for life although he has already returned to Kenya.

The papers on the hearing said: “The panel views this behaviour as extremely serious.

“Mr Wahogo abused patients’ trust by taking advantage of their vulnerability and using them for his own sexual gratification.

“The public places its trust in health professionals and, in return, expects health professionals to act in an appropriate responsible and professional manner. Taking account of Mr Wahogo’s persistence, his apparent lack of remorse and his lack of insight, a suspension order would not be appropriate.

“Accordingly, the panel has decided to strike Mr Wahogo’s name from the register.”

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A woman struggles against the system to remain in America

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2009

Caroline Todd who is being held at the La Salle detention center for two errors on her forms

Caroline Todd who is being held at the La Salle detention center for two errors on her forms

JENA, La. — Caroline Todd has gone from being a devoted mother, wife and church member to a federal detainee with felony convictions, facing the possibility of deportation.

Todd may be exiled from not only the United States, where she has lived for almost 20 years, but from her American husband and two American children. The reason: two incorrect answers on forms.

The Kenyan woman says they were innocent mistakes, but innocent or not, they may rip apart her family and the life she has built in Montgomery — a life of tutoring children at Flowers Elementary School, singing in the choir at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church and raising her own family.

Failing to properly answer two routine questions — one on a form for her green card and another on an employment form from a previous job — has plucked her from this life.

Now, she resides at LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, La., one of 22 immigration detention facilities in the country.

She will reside here until early December when there will be a hearing before a judge to decide her future. Will she be allowed to return home to her family, or will she be sent back to Kenya, a country that has become a foreign place to her?

‘The caged bird sings with a fearful trill’

Todd will celebrate her 38th birthday today, more than 480 miles away from her family and friends in Montgomery. She has already missed Thanksgiving and the birthday of her youngest son, who has turned 9 in her absence. She still hopes to be home to celebrate her oldest son’s 13th birthday in December.

She will likely spend today reading — most recently, she has read Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” — and then later leading a bilingual Bible study that she has helped to start inside the detention facility. Aside from a possible “happy birthday” phone call, she will keep to herself as the hours pass.

She will spend the day in prayer. Her master calendar hearing, a hearing in which detainees appear before an immigration judge, is two days away.

“I know (the hearing) will go as God has planned it. That’s all I can say,” Todd said in a soft-spoken voice, which after 19 years spent away from her native country now has only a faint hint of a Kenyan accent.

“I stopped long ago worrying. That’s one of those things I can’t control.”

Her husband, Thomas, said he does not even want to consider the possibility of the judge deporting her. He said he stays upbeat and optimistic because Caroline is that way — and because the alternative is too tragic to consider.

Todd was convicted of two counts of perjury for the incorrectly marked questions on her forms and given three years of probation by U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, who described the case in his written opinion as “unusual and sad.”

“This is the worst situation that I have seen in my 30 years on the bench,” Thompson said from the bench in May, according to court records.

“I have never seen a case that’s more compelling for compassion than this one. This woman merely gave a false statement to stay in this country. She is being ripped from her family. She’s losing her children, potentially. I just can’t think of a scenario that cries out more for some degree of mercy, if you have a heart.”

Her master calendar hearing is part of a separate process that determines whether she can stay in the United States or must return to Kenya, the country she left in 1990.

When she met with a reporter from the Montgomery Advertiser for an interview, she wore an orange jumpsuit typical of most detention facilities and put on some light makeup and jewelry, both of which her mother had sent via the reporter for Todd’s birthday. But, per the rules of the facility, the small birthday gifts had to be returned to the reporter at the conclusion of the interview.

While this interview was held in person, when Todd’s family makes the eight-hour trip to see her, a glass barrier separates them from her. But the children make the best of it by playing hand games and by breathing on the glass so that they can write messages such as “I (a drawn heart) you.”

Looking for a better life

Caroline Todd came to the United States with a student visa in 1990. She was 18 and hoping to further her education. In 2006, she initiated the application process for her green card.

She first pursued religious studies at Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta. Then she studied pre-medicine at Auburn Montgomery, but ran out of funds before she could finish the coursework. She went on to receive another associate’s degree, this time in medical assisting and transcription, from South University.

In the middle of all this, she met Thomas Todd in 1996.

She was working at the seafood department at a grocery store. He was helping a friend by pushing samples of iced cappuccinos inside the store.

Thomas Todd thought the product he was touting was horrible, but he played the part of a cappuccino lover for the day. He really turned up the charm and professed his penchant for the drink when a pretty woman from the seafood department came over to talk to him.

“You can talk to her for one minute and feel like you’ve known her your entire life. She’s very passionate and enveloping,” Thomas Todd said.

The two would quickly fall in love and then marry that same year. They had their first child, Brandon, in their first year of marriage and had their second child, John, four years later.

Thomas Todd of Montgomery with sons Brandon, right, and John, are without wife and mom Caroline Todd, who is being held in a Louisiana detention center and faces deportation to Africa. (David Bundy)

Thomas Todd of Montgomery with sons Brandon, right, and John, are without wife and mom Caroline Todd, who is being held in a Louisiana detention center and faces deportation to Africa. (David Bundy)

Before Caroline Todd was sent to the detention facility in January, she was a stay-at-home mom who kept her husband organized and had brownies waiting at home when her children returned from school.

She sang soprano at the choir at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church. She helped her children with their schoolwork. She was a reading tutor at Flowers Elementary School. She prepared the family dinners, which would include both American and traditional African dishes.

Her hope is that she will return to this life in December.

“(God) will take care of his children, and he will do what he says he is going to do. He does not like separation, mothers away from children. He will get me home to my children,” Caroline Todd said, the optimism a stark contrast to the tears that had begun to flow.

Caroline Todd is coping with her situation with this belief and by believing she must keep her family, friends and even the other detainees upbeat about their circumstances. She said uplifting the spirit of those around her helps her stay optimistic.

“God is in control. We do what we can control. What we cannot, we leave it up to him. He will ask, ‘What did you do with what I put you through? What did you do with the time I gave you?’ You need to be able to answer that question. You need to be able to say, ‘I helped somebody.'”

The path to Jena

On May 23, 2008, Caroline Todd’s brother was booked into the city jail on outstanding warrants.

It would prove to be unfortunate timing for the Todd family. Two agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were at the jail on other business and overheard her brother’s thick African accent, according to court records.

He initially claimed he was a U.S. citizen, but the ICE agents quickly determined the truth — that he was still a citizen of Kenya — when they went to his residence and met Caroline Todd.

Todd, who has no prior convictions, said ICE agents initially took little interest in her. Then she started to help her brother with his legal issues and to arrange medical assistance, which she said was required because he allegedly suffered injuries during the interrogation process with ICE.

She believes these were factors in ICE agents beginning to investigate her after her brother’s arrest. It was then she said that she was made aware of what she termed “errors” on two forms she had filled out.

Thompson also noted that the link that led the government to begin its investigation of Caroline Todd seemed questionable.

Asked to respond, ICE spokesman Temple Black said the agency does not comment on the specifics of individual cases for privacy reasons.

Her brother’s case is still pending in federal court.

The charges

As for Caroline Todd, she was initially charged with six separate counts based on two documents in which she allegedly provided false information.

The charges:

  • When Todd submitted her “Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status,” on an I-485 form, she was asked if she had ever been arrested or charged with breaking the law.Todd checked “no.” But she had been arrested six years earlier when a woman stole her checkbook and used it to write bad checks. Once the details became known, those charges were thrown out, according to court records. Still, she technically had been arrested.For that statement, the government charged her with making fraudulent statements in an application for registration, perjury and mail fraud.
  • In April 2007, which is after she had started the application process for permanent residence, Todd filled out an “Employment Eligibility Verification,” or I-9 form, and marked that she was a U.S. national or citizen when she was not.Because of this, she was charged with false impersonation of an U.S. citizen, fraud and misuse of visa and permits, and perjury.Thompson, the federal judge in the case, dismissed two charges for lack of evidence, acquitted her of mail fraud, but convicted her of perjury and fraud.

    Thompson noted that Todd’s actions were motivated by a desire to stay in a country that had become her home and to remain with her family.

    “In the most literal way, Todd’s true punishment is that she has been separated from her home and family … solely because of her efforts to remain here and be a productive member of her community,” Thompson wrote in his opinion this year. “Her offense, which did not harm anyone, has resulted in her detention in the custody of immigration authorities … far from her children — and facing possible deportation to Kenya.

    “Equally important, Todd is not the only person who has been punished. Two young children are now separated from their mother, a woman who has lived in the United States for nearly 20 years.”

    Todd agrees with Thompson about the true punishment in the case.

    Unlike other, non-immigration-related criminal proceedings, detainees at an immigration detention facility are not eligible for “time served” for the time spent in the facilities. Todd, who was given probation, has been held for about 11 months. Even if she had been sentenced to imprisonment, her time spent at the detention facility would not count toward a prison sentence.

    But this isn’t Todd’s chief concern. She said she is most concerned about being able to return to her children as quickly as possible.

    “Anyone can take care of children. That’s babysitters. But a mother raises her children. With morals, with teachings. It’s not just getting up and making sure they have their food or brush their teeth and (have) their clothes,” Caroline Todd said.

    “They’re depriving me of that. They’re depriving my children of that. Nobody can do that job but a mother.”

    Treacherous process

    Although Todd agrees with Thompson that the real punishment is being separated from her family, she maintains that she did not purposefully lie to stay with them. She contends she simply made mistakes while filling out numerous and sometimes confusing forms.

    Zayne Smith, immigrant justice fellow at Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, has no difficulty believing this explanation.

    “This is why reform is needed so badly,” she said.

    “When you have multiple forms and multiple agencies and multiple offices to go through, it becomes complex and convoluted. For someone who is trying to get legal status, they have to jump through so many hoops and have to pretty much be an expert in the field of law. It’s a setup for disaster,” Smith said.

    As the law is now, Smith said it is not advisable to pursue a green card without the aid of an attorney. The Todds, who were undertaking the application process on their own, said they figured that out the hard way.

    But attorneys cost money — and applying for a green card is an expensive endeavor even without paying for an attorney. Plus, there is the expense of the necessary trips to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Atlanta.

    Caroline Todd made it all the way to the last step, which is the interview. She said they have spent $1,500 on the process so far.

    “We didn’t have an attorney to help us, so we had to do the best we could on our own,” Todd said. “It’s application after application … and each one comes with a fee that you have to pay.”

    Friends trying to help

    Charlotte Robertson, who is in the church choir with Caroline, said she never thought about the hot button issue of immigration until her friend showed up to choir practice last year wearing an ankle bracelet.

    Now, it’s an issue that she said keeps her up at night.

    “I can’t believe the complexity of it,” Robertson said. “It makes it a huge deterrent for the vast majority of immigrants who are here working in low-wage jobs. It makes it so prohibitive.”

    Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church has rallied behind Todd. Church members are writing letters on her behalf to judges and elected officials.

    One of those elected officials, Congressman Bobby Bright, who represents Alabama’s 2nd District, requested information about the case but ultimately decided not to step in on Todd’s behalf.

    “He didn’t feel like it was his place to tell (ICE) how they should or shouldn’t act,” said Bright’s spokesman, Lewis Lowe.

    Montgomery immigration attorney Boyd Campbell said because Caroline Todd is a wife and mother, she will have a stronger argument for what is called “cancellation of removal” than most people who face deportation, which is now referred to as “removal.”

    In the hearings, the judge can consider factors that would not be admissible in a criminal proceeding. That is partly because immigration cases are considered civil, not criminal, cases — although the handling of the detainees resembles that of inmates.

    Some immigrants awaiting the hearings are allowed to maintain normal lives out of a facility but are required to wear ankle bracelets. Others are held at the 24 detention facilities operated by private companies.

    An ICE spokesman said ICE detains foreign nationals for two reasons.

    The first is to ensure their appearance before an immigration judge. The second is to enforce an immigration judge’s order of removal, Black said.

    In Louisiana, the detainees are held at the Jena facility and then taken to Oakdale, La., to appear before an immigration judge.

    “Very few people in the United States know that today, as opposed to, say, 15 years ago, that we can lock people up and throw away the key without charging them with a crime,” Campbell said. “The United States, for many years now, has been locking up thousands of people without charging them with a crime — and these people are from other countries.

    “I think it’s extraordinarily sad. It’s not a smart way to deal with immigration policy, and it’s extremely expensive for taxpayers. It’s free meals and a cot, and these are 24-hour lockdown facilities, just like our jail. I wouldn’t want to pay for it, but I am,” Campbell added.

    The 1,160-bed facility, which is managed by a company called GEO, opened in early 2008 and could employ 400 people at full capacity. There was an existing detention facility at the site, but GEO moved in after $30 million was spent on expanding the facility for its new function.

    The grand opening was celebrated in Jena because of the facility’s positive economic impact on the small central Louisiana town, according to a news report published in the Town Talk.

    When asked how many detainees were being held at the facility as of last week, Black said he could not say because of security reasons.

    If Todd is allowed to return to her family, she will finish the application process for permanent residence — and this time she will do it with the guidance of an attorney.

    Julian McPhillips has agreed to be that attorney after hearing of Todd’s ordeal.

    “It’s a shame because this woman is a huge attribute to her community,” the Montgomery attorney said.

    McPhillips, who said he has tried many civil rights cases, likened society’s attitude toward immigrants to the mentality toward African Americans during the days of Jim Crow laws.

    “Immigrants don’t have many people looking out for them,” McPhillips said.

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    Beware! Internet information can be used against you

    Posted by Administrator on November 28, 2009

    Facebook’s virtual reality has resulted in real-life consequences for several Kenyan university students. Photo/FILE

    Facebook’s virtual reality has resulted in real-life consequences for several Kenyan university students. Photo/FILE

    They may have begun as a fad, but social networking sites are now proving to be dangerous traps in which personal information offered in jest could be used against you. Recently, an employee of an American computer company uploaded information about herself that resulted in the loss of her health insurance coverage.

    She had uploaded a photo of herself having fun while an insurance claim she had filed suggested she was facing difficult times and was on the verge of a major depression. The claim of Nathalie Blanchard, 29, that she was too depressed to work had resulted in her receiving regular disability cheques from her insurance company. But ever since she uploaded the pictures to her Facebook album, the insurance firm stopped sending the cheques.

    Closer to home, Facebook’s virtual reality has resulted in real-life consequences for several Kenyan university students. Their status updates over a period of time led to their being expelled from their campuses. At Moi University, the postings landed a group of students at the students’ disciplinary council after the university suspected they had used Facebook to organise a campus strike.

    Kenyatta University Students’ Organisation (Kusa) chairman Fredrick Kimaru was among those who fell victim to the electronic evidence on Facebook updates. In his expulsion letter the university administration quoted his Facebook postings stating, “you used Facebook to initiate a Jihad War against the institution”. Despite the fact that his punishment was later reduced to suspension for one academic year, the “Facebook evidence” was not deleted.

    Enough evidence

    But Ms Blanchard was not as lucky. According to her former provider, Manulife Insurance Company, her insurance was terminated “due to photos she posted on Facebook”. According to the insurance firm, the photos were sufficient evidence that she was not in a state of depression and was well enough to work.

    The photos in question showed a happy Ms Blanchard at her birthday party, in a bar and on a vacation. On one occasion she appears in a photograph on a beach wearing only a black bikini, belying claims she had made to her insurers that she was ill and bedridden. Ms Blanchard has, however, sued the insurance company, and her lawyer Tom Lavin says that using Facebook as a basis for the insurance suspensions was inappropriate.

    “It’s not as if somebody had a broken back, and there was a picture of them carrying a load of bricks,” Lavin said. “My client was diagnosed with a major depression. And there were pictures of her on Facebook in a party or having a good time. It could be that she was just trying to escape,” he told CBC news.

    The woman has since been allegedly forced to sell her house after failing to make her mortgage payments. Erikson Sabwami, 33, told the Sunday Nation he was shocked to be asked questions related to postings he had made on Facebook during an interview with a prospective employer.

    “They asked me what I thought about certain things, but my response apparently did not match what I had said on Facebook,” he said. A day before the interview, Mr Sabwami said his status message read “Old people in Kenya have no place in boardrooms or management positions. They should all retire and become chicken farmers”.

    Day of the interview

    He said the interviewer who asked him the question was well over 60. “It was as if he knew where he would catch me in a lie. That was the only question he asked me, and after my response he walked out of the boardroom,” Mr Sabwami said. The other interviewers later told him his answer was not consistent with some other information they had about him.

    “Needless to say, they didn’t call me for subsequent interviews,” he said. He is convinced that the company had access to his Facebook profile.

    Pass information

    The Sunday Nation has established that many insurance firms in the country are active on social networking sites, including Facebook, and use the networks to pass information on to their clients and engage with them. Some of the insurance companies that can be accessed through Facebook include UAP, Kenya Re, Jubilee, Britak, Kenya Orient, Madison, Mercantile, Pacis, Apollo and Blue Shield.

    Facebook privacy settings can enable you to block people from finding you in a Facebook search, see your profile or interact with you through other Facebook applications such as wall posts, pokes, messages and others. But this still will not prevent all communications and interactions in third-party applications and does not extend to elsewhere on the Internet. “Next time you accept that friend request, think twice. You never know, the information on your page may just be used against you,” Mr Sabwami warned.

    Source: By NYAMBEGA GISESA-Daily Nation

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    Kenyan in Dallas Loses Battle To Illness

    Posted by Administrator on November 25, 2009

    Mr Peter Njoroge Kariuki who passed away at the Parklands Hospital, Dallas on November 24, 2009

    Mr Peter Njoroge Kariuki who passed away at the Parklands Hospital, Dallas on November 24, 2009

    The Kenyan Community here in Dallas has once again lost one of its sons by the name of Peter Njoroge Kariuki. The deceased died at Parklands Hospital yesterday morning (November 24th, 2009). He started feeling unwell in April of 2009. He battled with the demon of breast cancer that eventually spread to the spinal cord and lungs.  He is survived by his wife Alice Mburu Njoroge in Dallas, sons; Ken Njoroge (London), Joshua Njoroge in Dallas, Augustine Njoroge (Richardson High School), Daughters; Njambi W. Njoroge in Dallas and Monica Wanjiru Njoroge in Dallas, his mother, six sisters, three brothers, several nephews and nieces in Kenya. He gave his life to Christ on August 22nd  2009. To God is all the Glory. We are appealing to the Community to kindly step in and help this family send his body back to Kenya for his final resting place.
     
    People are meeting every evening from 6.30pm at 5426 Meadow Creek Drive, Apt. 2007, Dallas, TX 75248. There will be a major funds drive on Saturday (November 29th, 2009) at Neema Gospel Church at exactly 6.00pm. For those who might not be able to come in person are requested to make their donations to-
    Joshua Njoroge – Bank of America Account number 4880 2560 6810 Routing Number 111000025. In the meantime please contact any of the following people for more information.
     
    Neema Gospel Church Phone 903-461-3242
    Alex Ndirangu Karundu Phone 469-438-8388
    Maina Kaigi Phone 469-831-9190
    Agnes Warutere Phone 469-685-6960
    Njambi Njoroge Phone 469-363-7294,
    Joshua Njoroge phone 972-900-7909
    Professor Gaciri 214-909-5589
    Pastor Jackson Kingori (Neema Gospel Church) Phone 469-682-8879

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    Kenyan Man In London Fatally Stabs 4-Yr-Old Son, Injures Wife And Self

    Posted by Administrator on November 24, 2009

    Forensic investigators cover up the outside of the flat

    Forensic investigators cover up the outside of the flat

    London, Tuesday 24th November, 2009. Sad news for a Kenyan family in London. A four-year-old boy was stabbed to death by his father at their home in Southwark last night. The man’s wife had her throat slashed but their 17-month-old girl was left unharmed in the horrific attack. The husband is understood to have stabbed himself repeatedly and was seriously ill in hospital. The woman, 28, was not seriously hurt. She and her daughter were taken to hospital and released. The 31-year-old father is under guard at a south London hospital. His 28-year-old wife suffered a stab wound to the neck but has been discharged.

    A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the man, whose condition is described as “serious”, remains under guard in hospital. The couple were named locally as Paul Deya and Jacqueline Otieno and their four-year-old son as Wilson. Paul Deya is a son of brother of Arch Bishop Deya. Scotland Yard said police were called to the flat in Lynton Road on the Lynton Estate, Bermondsey, at 6.15pm. The investigation was being carried out by the Child Abuse Command. A spokesman said: “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this.” Witnesses told how scores of police cars raced to the scene. Rita Dixon, 71, said she knew the family: “They were a lovely family. Happy-go-lucky, and such a nice couple. “I was in my flat yesterday when all of a sudden police came from nowhere. I saw the father coming out on a stretcher.
    “They had to stop halfway down the stairs to resuscitate him. The mother was in an ambulance holding the baby.” Detectives are investigating reports that Mrs Otieno had asked her husband for a separation before he launched the attack. Police are not believed to have been called to the family’s flat before. Forensic science teams were today carrying out investigations at the flat. Mark O’Connor, 42, who runs nearby pub The Finish, said paramedics carried an unconscious, naked man from the flat before spending 40 minutes trying to revive him in the street. He said: “I could see a black man being moved down the stairs. He was naked and I could see a neck wound and various other wounds. It was quite gruesome. He was bleeding very, very badly.” Mrs Dixon’s daughter Joan, 39, said she heard screaming just before police were called. She added: “Everyone thought they were happy. How could a person do that to a child? It is diabolical.” Ms Dixon said the family had moved onto the estate 18 months ago. Simon Hughes, Lib-Dem MP for the area, who lives a short distance away, said: “There will be huge shock and horror throughout the community.” Incidents of children being killed are rare. Last year there were six cases of children below the age of 12 being killed in London, only two were stabbed.
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    Kenya’s Edi Gathegi in Twilight, New Moon Movies

    Posted by Administrator on November 24, 2009

    Murugi Murekio

    Kenyan born, Edi Gathegi says he left for the United States from Kenya “with $50, a suitcase, and a dream.” Gathegi grew up in Albany, California and attended the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for a graduate school acting program.

    When the six foot one Gathegi enrolled to University, he was primarily interested in basketball, but when a knee injury put a hold on his athletic interests, he signed up for an acting class on a whim.

    According to Twilight Lexicon, Gathegi’s first professional audition was for a part in Spike Lee’s 2006 film Inside Man. Gathegi was thrilled to be cast. However, an unfortunate turn of events involving union contract issues saw Gathegi,s part cut from the film.

    To date, Gathegi has gone from playing a psychopathic drug lord in the film Gone Baby Gone which has been screening this November on DSTV, to a conservative religious doctor in the TV series House, Season 4.

    Gathegi has also starred in Fifth Patient, Death Sentence, Veronica Mars, Lincoln Heights, CSI Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Life on Mars.  But his biggest break has been playing Laurent, an almost-gentlemanly yet dangerous vampire, on the hit Vampire blockbuster movies Twilight and New Moon.

    When did you decide you wanted to be an actor?
    My family tells me I was always a natural performer. I told dinnertime and bedtime stories to my brother in our bunk bed, but I did not claim until I broke my knee trying out for the basketball team in college. I just wanted to take an easy course and acting seemed like something that would give me joy, even though I was getting depressed from not being able to walk. Then I fell in love with acting. I decided I wanted to make it my life’s journey and my mother and father fully supported me.

    What character have you portrayed in the past that was the furthest from your personality?
    I have not played a character on film or television yet that is close to my personality. I am goofy. Class clown. But the furthest from who I am would be, on the one extreme; the cold blooded psychopathic drug lord Haitian pimp Cheese in Crank, and on the other spectrum; the super religious conservative brilliant single father doctor Jeffery Cole on House. But I’m also VERY far from a slightly French accented vampire 🙂

    Tell us about the Twilight audition process?
    Because I auditioned when no script was available, and I had no idea what Twilight was. I laughed at the sides (audition material) because there were lines like “…the humans…” and “…hunting range…” I was like… “What is this, a vampire movie?”

    What has intrigued you most about Laurent as a character?
    One word. Vampire. My dirty little secret is that I have always wanted to play a vampire but I have never really been attracted to Vampire films. But the story of Twilight is more of a romance set in a world where vampires exist (many would argue that would be this world). Stephenie Meyer (writer of the Twilight series) did a wonderful job defining this world and making it accessible and intriguing and the story is so
    truthful, kind, and compelling. I wanted to be a part of this vampire story

    Were you familiar with Twilight when you first heard about the role?
    I was not familiar in the faintest. Then when I heard that my favourite casting director was casting a movie, I just wanted to go in. I had no idea what this was. Despite the fact that this material was not my favourite type of material, I still went in and Catherine [Hardwicke] (the director) was in the room and I had a fantastic time with her. Her energy was contagious. She was so happy to be there and we just worked well.

    You are the lone black in the film.
    When I was going out for the part, I didn’t ask how many people were going to be African American. I just auditioned for the role, and then I got it. There was actually some fan backlash when I was cast, because people didn’t see Laurent being black. Then I did some damage control about people not appreciating my casting. People were upset about an African-American being cast in this mythology because everybody has pale skin and Stephenie did not allude that there were any people of colour in this. In the book, he’s described at being olived-toned, and I decided to address the issue head on. I did an interview where I said, “The character is described as olive-toned, but there are many patches of olives. Black olives anyone?” I think the fans responded to that, and they immediately gave me an open reception after the interview.

    Have you read the Twilight books?
    The Twilight series is made up of four books Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.
    I read the books and instantly fell in love with the series. It is not what I feared — a cliché, trite, vampire world. It is the real world and vampires exist in it. It is really a story about the romance How is the Twilight fandom affecting you so far?
    I’m definitely feeling some of that heat, but then at the same time, I think I have the best of both worlds. I look very different in the movie than I do in life, I’m wearing dreadlocks and I’m without a shirt. So on some level I can sort of slip under the radar. But there are people that recognize me, so I still get to interact with my fans.
    It is sad not being able to be with the gang again in that capacity, but the good thing is we all became friends.  So hopefully these friendships will outlast the saga.

    How do you feel knowing that your Twilight ride ends with New Moon?

    Source: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/lifestyle/

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    Kenya’s ‘Gay Census’ Prompts Arrest Fears

    Posted by Administrator on November 24, 2009

    Duncan Woodside, Sky News Online

    Kenya’s gay community is living in fear, after the authorities ordered a poll to uncover the number of homosexuals, and their identities.

    Officials insist it is part of a health survey, but gay rights campaigners suspect the results will be seized upon by unscrupulous politicians to order a crackdown on homosexuals.

    It is thought that few volunteers will come forward – most gay people keep their relationships secret for fear of discrimination at work, disgracing their families or being sent to jail.

    “They are obviously going to get information that is underestimated – grossly underestimated,” says David Kuria, Manager of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.

    “Our greatest concern really lies with the law, and the fact that it will be used to point out that these are just a few misguided elements, that perhaps need a bit of guidance; police guidance.”

    ****There are no other parties within government that are going to access this information.

    Dr Nicholas Muraguri, Head of the National AIDS/STI Control Programme *****

    Homosexual activity is punishable by up to 14 years in prison in Kenya, and a government-appointed committee has already ruled out changing the law.

    Government health officials insist the survey aims only to gather data to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS – and that the identities of respondents will be kept confidential.

    “We are going to treat this information for only public health use,” says Dr Nicholas Muraguri, Head of the National AIDS/STI Control Programme.

    “There are no other parties within government that are going to access this information.”

    Homophobia is rife in Kenya and the wider East Africa region.

    Neighbouring Uganda’sparliament is currently considering a bill that would toughen already strict laws on homosexuality.

    Draft legislation proposes a three-year prison term for anyone failing to reveal the names of gay people they know, and for heterosexual people who support gay rights.

    SKY NEWS

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