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Midwest Kenyan Diaspora Advisory Council invites you to Jamhuri Day Celebrations-December 10 2011

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2011

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DEATH AND FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT-KEVIN NELSON SHIRAMBA

Posted by Administrator on November 30, 2011

The Late Kevin Shiramba who died in a road accident in Euless, TX

The Late Kevin Shiramba who died in a road accident in Euless, TX

We are saddened to announce the saddening death of our beloved brother Kevin Nelson Shiramba, who died in a fatal car crash  on Sunday morning 11/27/2011.

Kevin was pronounced dead at 8.17am shortly after arriving at the Harrison Methodist Hospital in Euless, Texas due to  severe head and trauma injuries.

He was a student at Collin county college,and a twin brother to Denis Shiramba,a brother to Claris Shiramba and Sarah Atuulo.

We will miss his humor and jovial personality.May the almighty God rest his soul and may he rest in peace.

The family and friends are holding a fundraising for his burial and transportation arrangements,any contributions will be truly appreciated and may God help you help us in this time of need, the details are as follows.

The fundraising will be held at:

UNIVERSITY BAPTIST CHURCH,

1013 W. PARK ROW DR,

ARLINGTON, TX 76013 ,

Date: December 3rd, 2011.

For those who would like to contribute towards the funeral arrangements, you can make deposits through ;

BANK NAME: BANK OF  AMERICA

A/C NUMBER: 488023648388

ROUTING NUMBER: 111000025

ACCOUNT NAME: ANNE MARAGA

There will be a meetings going on after the fundraising at 601 E ASH LANE APT 12201,EULESS TX 76039.

The viewing of the body day n location will be announced soon.

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Irish police (Gardai) deny charges of race abuse of Kenyan native

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

GARDAÍ DENIED accusations of racial abuse yesterday when a 24-year-old man was convicted at Killarney District Court of resisting gardaí when they were seeking to arrest him.

A charge of drink-driving was dismissed.

David Kiarie, of Ashe Close, Ballydribeen, Killarney, had alleged physical assault and racial abuse against arresting gardaí in Killarney.

Kiarie, who is originally from Kenya and is now an Irish citizen, had denied resisting gardaí.

He had also contested a charge of drink-driving at Rossdara, a housing development, at Loreto Road, Killarney, on May 24th, 2010.

At the end of the proceedings, the man’s solicitor, Liam Ryan, said his client, who had a previous conviction for drink-driving, had never been involved in any kind of public order issue and had no history of violence or assault.

“He feels hard done by,” Mr Ryan said, denying an earlier assertion by Insp Martin McCarthy that “the case was all about looking for handy money, for compensation from the gardaí”.

The court heard the accused was working part-time at Lidl and a student, and father of a two-year-old child whom he was supporting.

Kiarie claimed that both Garda James Daly and Garda Dan O’Sullivan had physically assaulted him and that one of the arresting officers – Garda O’Sullivan – had racially abused him calling him “a nigger”.

He had been three months out of work as a result of his injuries. A previous solicitor had advised him to try to get an Irish witness to testify on his behalf, Kiarie said.

Both Garda O’Sullivan and Garda Daly strongly denied using excessive force, saying Kiarie was very “aggressive” and violent, and additional gardaí and a Garda van had to be called. Kiarie had emerged from the Garda van with injuries to his face which he did not have when he was put there, gardaí said.

Cross-examined by Mr Ryan, Garda O’Sullivan said he never used the word nigger.

The gardaí were on patrol on the night of May 24th last year and observed an Audi drive into the driveway of a house in Rossdara and reverse out erratically, Garda Daly said.

Prosecution witness Paudie Sexton, a neighbour, said he had not heard the word “nigger” being used and he said the accused was kicking and lashing out at the gardaí.

Kiarie said he had been celebrating his brother’s birthday at a barbecue three doors away and had walked to the home of his partner. He had not been driving.

Kiarie’s assertions were supported by his mother, brother and sister in court yesterday.

A complaint by Kiarie to the Garda Ombudsman had not been upheld and the ombudsman was now bringing a prosecution against Kiarie, alleging he made a false report, the court heard.

Judge James O’Connor said there was no doubt that Kiarie had resisted arrest. He convicted and fined him €250.

He said there was no evidence he had been driving in a public place.

Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/1129/1224308280590.html

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Lions who send text messages

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

(CNN) -Conservationists in Kenya are receiving SMS messages these days from an unlikely source: Lions roaming the savannah.

No, the lions haven’t somehow morphed into thumb-happy adolescents, texting messages such as “Just 8 a gazelle. Yum. LOL.” Instead the animals wear GPS-enabled collars that send automated messages via wireless networks to researchers who map their locations.

“GPS collars have fundamentally changed the way that lion research is done, in that we are able to study lion movements in great detail in areas where it is usually impossible to follow them,” says a post on the website of Living with Lions, one of the conservation research groups behind the project.

According to the group, the population of lions in Africa has plunged in recent years from more than 100,000 to about 30,000 – in part because local Maasai herders, concerned about lions preying on their livestock, have been poisoning the animals.

For years, scientists have tracked the movements of lions and other wild animals with VHF collars that emit radio signals. The data helps researchers to better understand the animals’ social structure, mortality rates, feeding ecology and other behavior.

But that method requires workers in the field to search for the radio signal from the collar, then record the lion’s location on a handheld GPS – a cumbersome process.

The newer GPS collars calculate the exact location of the lion every hour and send a text message to a dedicated server, which then translates it into an e-mail. The data then is aggregated on an open-source satellite map that displays the lions’ movements, allowing researchers to know when the big cats have strayed too close to livestock herds.

Made by a U.S.-based company, Ground Lab, and Vectronic Aerospace of Berlin, Germany, the collars are costly — more than $3,000 apiece in some cases – and have been fitted on only 10 lions so far. But Living with Lions and related conservation groups are hoping to raise funds to buy more.

Ground Lab helped fund the lion-tracking program through more than $10,000 in donations on Kickstarter, a site that lets inventors and entrepreneurs seek crowdsourced funding for their projects.

The collars don’t look very comfortable, but Living with Lions says that animal lovers shouldn’t worry.

“Wild animals adjust to wearing a collar just as a dog does — very quickly,” the group’s site says. “In many cases, they barely seem aware of it even when it is newly affixed, and in all cases they adapt to it within a few hours.”

Source: CNN

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Letter from Kenya: the servant problem

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

Outside the expat garden walls ... residents in the usual conditions of Nairobi's Mukuru-kwa-Njenga slum. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Outside the expat garden walls ... residents in the usual conditions of Nairobi's Mukuru-kwa-Njenga slum. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

One of the perks of living in a developing country on an international salary is that you have staff at home. What would be unaffordable back home is within reach. It takes time to get used to the invasion of privacy, but you end up living a comfortable, if public, life. Few things go beyond the notice of the full-time, live-in nannies and housekeepers. The trade-off is worth it. Houses are spotless, gardens are large and tended, children are happy. The Rolls Royce standard, my dad said.

Hiring people informally is not without its responsibilities. While the concept of a living wage has yet to reach Kenya, expatriates from Europe cannot say we haven’t heard of it. What does it mean in the Kenyan context? How far are you prepared to take it? How many lives can you become responsible for? Most people with jobs are depended on by a brood of children, adoptees, siblings, parents and grandchildren.

What is living in a city where poverty is absolute? Is residing in a tin-roofed shack with no running water and electricity living? Is being forced to defecate in a plastic bag living? Is spending over 50% of your income on food living? Most of the hired help flocks from filthy slums to work in our posh houses.

Those who live with us, in the staff quarters in the garden, keep their families up-country, or in the same slums. Jobs in expat homes are sought after, providing free accommodation, a better income than many, and often school fees and other perks. Paying double and triple what many (wealthy) Kenyans might offer, you might begin to feel pretty good. Yet the difficult questions don’t go away. Should people be content with the material basics? A tin roof, dark evenings, shared latrines,  “clinics” full of counterfeit drugs and the “free” education that has 60 tattered kids per ramshackle classroom.

With time you can’t ignore the brutal truths. Your long-serving, lovely ayah (nanny) couldn’t afford decent schools. Her husband died of a preventable disease. Her children grew up without her and have no expectations. Her nephew’s polio meant he missed out on school. Had you understood earlier, would you have done something?  For the first couple of years here, I didn’t even know what questions to ask. Now I feel ashamed, but how could I have known? This level of inequality is another world.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/29/kenya-expatriates-poverty

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Kenyan cousins aim to improve life for villagers who helped them get to MSU

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Julius Kuya (left) and Dominic Nangea are from Kenya and are freshmen at Michigan State University. With help from Nangea's uncle and the people of the village of Enoosaen, the cousins are attending MSU with the hopes they will return home and make life better there. / Greg Deruiter/Lansing State Journal

Julius Kuya (left) and Dominic Nangea are from Kenya and are freshmen at Michigan State University. With help from Nangea's uncle and the people of the village of Enoosaen, the cousins are attending MSU with the hopes they will return home and make life better there. / Greg Deruiter/Lansing State Journal

On a morning when Dominic Nangea was 7 years old and walking to school alone through a tangle of forest, he found his path blocked by the thick spotted trunk of a python.

The head and tail of the snake were hidden in the underbrush. That Nangea was looking at the midsection of a creature that could swallow a goat horns to hooves was not immediately clear. He stepped forward for a closer look.

“I had to run back, and, I tell you, I did not go to school for a month because of that,” Nangea said. But he would not admit to his parents — cattle herders who could neither read nor write — that fear of a snake was keeping him away from school.

“If you say that at home, you’d be told, ‘OK, fine. Go and herd cows if you think that is good,’ ” Nangea said.

In Enoosaen, the remote village in Kenya’s western highlands where Nangea and, his cousin, Julius Kuya, grew up, it was not assumed children would get a formal education. But the cousins are getting just that, courtesy of their village and Michigan State University.

Their tribesmen, the red-cloaked Masai, are cattle herders, small farmers, a once-nomadic people who have held onto their traditions and treat the ways of a modern world with a certain ambivalence.

Dominic Nangea (right) and Julius Kuya hope to return to Kenya and help the quality of life in their village after attending MSU. / Greg DeRuiter/Lansing State Journal

Dominic Nangea (right) and Julius Kuya hope to return to Kenya and help the quality of life in their village after attending MSU. / Greg DeRuiter/Lansing State Journal

That Nangea and Kuya graduated from high school was rare enough. But, with help from Nangea’s uncle, they did something more. They got scholarships to Michigan State University. In August, they crossed an ocean.

The opportunity comes with obligations. Their tens of thousands of dollars scholarships cover tuition. The costs of room and board, books, everything else they need to live in East Lansing, could never have been met by the cousins’ families alone.

Their entire village is contributing money, 1 million Kenyan shillings for each, or the equivalent of about $11,000. The expectation is the two young men will return, that they will use their education to make life better in  Enoosaen.

“They’re really expecting a lot for us,” Nangea said. “They know we’re here working hard.”

Pythons weren’t the only obstacles to an education in Enoosaen. Sometimes, there were hyenas along the path to school. Leopards, too.

The walk alone took an hour.

“Walking that much early and rescuing yourself from the wild animals is kind of a challenge and most people don’t do it,” said Kuya, who is softer-spoken than his cousin. “Most people think, ‘Why should I be waking that early?’ ”

Then, there is the culture, which he said led many to leave school early — or never go.

Their parents hadn’t gone to school. There were things they didn’t understand.

Nangea remembers coming home to tell his father he was first in class. His father initially thought the boy had gotten a horribly low score, a “1.”

“I had to explain to him number one means I defeated everyone in class,” Nangea said. “I am the first one. Then, he understood.”

Excelling in school

When Kuya and Nangea reached high school age, they left Enoosaen for a boarding school in nearby Rongo, which had a more competitive environment. There, too, they excelled.

“Both of them scored very, very high in terms of the national examination results,” said Morompi Ole-Ronkei, Nangea’s uncle.

“I was convinced that they would be part of the next generation that can help influence how things go, so I wanted to find something for them.”

Ole-Ronkei called his own education “an accidental history.” In the years after Kenya won independence from Great Britain in 1963, the new government began encouraging Masai families to send at least one of their children to school.

Ole-Ronkei was volunteered. Even so, he said, had he not won a scholarship to a school for needy boys in Nairobi, “I would have done what all the other boys in the village do: We make it to seventh and drop out of school.”

As it happened, Ole-Ronkei became the first person in Enoosaen to earn a university degree, enrolling in the University of Oregon in 1985 with the support of the village and staying for a decade to earn a Ph.D. in communications.

Since his return to Kenya, Ole-Ronkei has helped several young people get into colleges and universities overseas: Oregon, Stanford University, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia.

MSU connection

Ole-Ronkei knew Peter Briggs, who worked with international students at the University of Oregon before becoming the director of MSU’s Office for International Students and Scholars.

On a trip to the U.S. headquarters of the Christian relief agency where he worked, Ole-Ronkei scheduled a four-day stopover in Michigan and got Briggs to introduce him to someone from admissions.

“I convinced this lady that their coming here would transform not only them but transform the community where they come from,” he said, “and for some reason she believed me. I must have been persuasive enough.”

Money the issue

Briggs said he didn’t need much convincing.

“In terms of the academic qualifications, I didn’t have any doubts,” Briggs said. “In terms of the worthiness of the goal, I didn’t have any doubts. I was stressed about the money.”

His office has what he described as a “teeny weeny” amount of scholarship money, used almost exclusively for international graduate students. Only when graduate recruitment doesn’t quite work out as planned is there “leftover money” that can be used to diversify the international undergraduate population, Briggs said.

$32,000 a year

Undergraduate international students at MSU pay almost $32,000 a year in tuition. Even students who come from poor countries, whose families are sacrificing for their education, “you can say they’re from some level of privilege because they can think about coming to the U.S. to study,” Briggs said.

Nangea and Kuya are exceptions — their entire community has come together to pay their way.

“This isn’t common at all,” Briggs said. “It does happen, and this is a good example of it, but it’s not common.”

Other successes

The money Enoosaen has paid to send young people overseas has paid dividends over the years.

There is Ole-Ronkei. There is a young woman named Kakenya Ntaiya, sent to Randolph-Macon a decade ago, the first woman from the village to study abroad. She has since earned a doctorate in education and founded a girls school in the village.

Nangea and Kuya arrived in East Lansing in mid-August. They chose to live separately so as not to isolate themselves from the community, but they eat dinner together every night and talk about the day’s novelties.

They remark on how plentiful food is, how much their fellow students drink. When the first snow fell, Nangea said, “it looked like the world was ending.”

Kuya arrived hoping to become a veterinarian. Now, he wants to be a doctor.

His father died from malaria when he was a boy.

Nangea is studying agribusiness management. In his community, cattle herding is giving way to cash-crop farming.

Nangea doesn’t know precisely what he wants to do for his neighbors. He hopes his studies will bring it into focus. But he feels an urge to protect them, to protect the culture, the land.

“There is a lot on my shoulders,” he said.

Source: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20111129/NEWS06/111290316/Kenyan-cousins-aim-improve-life-villagers-who-helped-them-get-MSU?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CLocal%20News%7Cp

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Dual cariageway to be built on Southern bypass

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

The government has signed a 16.9 billion shilling loan agreement with the Chinese government for the construction of the Nairobi southern bypass, a 28.6 kilometer dual-carriage road.

Kenya will fund 15 per cent of the project with the Chinese through its Export-Import Bank funding the rest of the project.China remains one of Kenya’s leading bilateral partners having taken the lead in development assistance especially around infrastructural development.

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Drugs Disappear From JKIA

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

A drug consignment with a street value of Sh100 million has mysteriously vanished from the Kenya Airways storeroom. The shipment of Ephedrine Hydrochloride weighing 100 kg was imported by a Kenyan pharmaceutical company from Bangkok on November 18 and reported missing on November 21 when the owners came to collect it under armed guard.

The pharmaceutical company went to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to collect the consignment only to discover that the high-security store was empty. Police are investigating how the Ephedrine could have been stolen from the Kenya Airways vaults.

Airport CID boss Joseph Ngisa confirmed that they are investigating the theft of the drugs that are used in manufacture of prescription medicines. Ephedrine Hydrochloride is commonly used in cough medicine and nasal decongestants as it is a “bronchodilator” that helps breathing.

However, there is a large black market for Ephedrine because it is also a powerful stimulant, similar to amphetamines, that improves concentration and wakefulness. It is also used by some professional athletes and weightlifters to shed excess weight.

Two weeks ago the Pharmacy and Poisons Board warned that Ephedrine Hydrochloride is being imported by pharmacists for medical purposes but ending up in the wrong hands. Ngisa put the value of the stolen consignment at Sh600,000.

Two weeks ago, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board registrar Kipngetich Koskey appeared before a parliamentary committee chaired by Nyaribari Chache MP Robert Monda. He said a kilogramme of Ephedrine had a street value of US $1500 (Sh135,000).

That would make the stolen consignment worth Sh13.5 million but other sources said the street value of the drug for recreational purposes would be worth at least Sh100 million.

Koskey told MPs that Ephedrine is used to prepare a drug popularly known as Mchele or Tap Tap. Criminals use it to stupefy bar patrons before robbing them.

By yesterday JKIA police had recorded statements of workers and storekeepers at the Kenya Airways warehouse at JKIA. The Kenya Airways warehouse observes strict security and any importer or clearing agent entering the warehouse has to be accompanied by airport staff. The police were yesterday scheduled to meet with the importers to record further statements.

An employee of the importer, whose identity police would not reveal, told JKIA police on November 21 that the chemicals they had imported had been substituted with a powder. Drugs destined for other countries often mysteriously disappear in Kenya while in transit, Kosgey said.

He gave an example of 500 kilos of Ephedrine en-route to Nigeria aboard Kenya Airways from Amsterdam that is suspected to have been stolen in Kenya. “Nigeria was importing the drug through Kenya, but when the plane reached Nigeria the only thing they found were documents but the consignment had disappeared,” Koskey told the House committee. The registrar tabled documents on 15 cases where drug substances have been stolen.

The importers include GlaxoSmithKline, Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Dawa Ltd, Cosmos Ltd, Universal Corporation, Biodeal Laboratories, Regal Pharmaceuticals, Laboratory and Allied and Sphinx Pharmaceuticals. The substances targeted include Ephedrine Hydrochloride, Pseudoephedrine, Sodium Saccharin, Metronidazole, and Quinine Sulphate.

The substances are imported by licensed drug manufacturers for noble use but have a high mark-up value for criminals. The Pharmacy and Poisons Board said it is in the process of phasing out some substances that can easily be abused by criminals.

Source: http://www.the-star.co.ke/national/national/51443-drugs-disappear-from-jkia

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Pimps, Cottages in Child Sex Deals in Malindi

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

The limousine sped down the crowded street in a breath-taking speed, missing a motorcyclist by a whisker.

The driver, a bulky young man, rolled down his tinted car window and wagged a finger at the bewildered motorcyclist.

It turned left into the Malindi-Lamu Road before branching off a murram street cutting through a row of fortified cottages that give Malindi its glamour.

The driver hooted once and the gates to one of the makuti-thatched cottages swung open.

The driver, who we later learnt is a seasoned pimp, had just delivered two teenage girls to one of his clients.

Residents, who know him, said he is a key figure in Malindi’s intricate but flourishing child prostitution ring in which girls as young as 13 years are lured into sex slavery and ponography filming orgies.

We followed and later witnessed him delivering another young girl to an elderly tourist at a local beach.

Barely an hour after the introduction, the pair went intimate, kissing and cuckolding on the sandy sea front.

In an undercover operation in the tourism-famed seaside town, The Underworld last week came face to face with the sex merchants of Malindi who have ruined the future of many young girls.

They lure them with money and promises of good life but later abandon them – penniless, abused and even sick.

Some have been tricked into travelling abroad for lucrative jobs only to end up in brothels. Others have even died in the hands of their abusers.

With the festive season beckoning, Malindi is abuzz as tourists flock in droves.

Among them are genuine tourists coming with their families. But there are those on sex tourism while others are on pornography documentary assignments.

As tourists fly into Malindi, Kenyan women, young and old, are also taking positions across the town in spirited bid to share the tourism cash.

Just like Mombasa, Malindi, hosts thousands of child sex workers, making it a haven for elderly rich men looking for young partners.

Brothels, some passing as ordinary residential houses dot the town, now jokingly referred as Kenya’s sex tourism capital.

Robert Masha, a shopkeeper, showed us one of the brothels supplying young girls to the tourists.

Located on a filthy backstreet, the single story house had been occupied by a middle-aged woman whom we learnt had moved out the previous day.

Neighbours said she had been living with four young girls whom she claimed were her sisters.

“We only discovered it was a brothel the other day. She left in a hurry after we confronted her,” said a neighbour who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Investigations revealed that the brothel owners work with a group of pimps who supply the girls to tourists.

“You will never see the tourists. They wait in their cottages while young men search for the girls. Running brothels have become a big business in Malindi,” said Joshua Fondo, a civil society activist.

Most of the young sex workers come from as far Kisii, Migori, Muranga and Vihiga. There are victims of poverty, broken families or just peer pressure.

Some of the girls attach themselves to brothels while others jointly rent small rooms from where they run their trade.

Betty Jumwa, an elder at Gogoda village within Malindi town location told The Underworld of how she recently rescued five girls who were being held in a brothel.

“I stormed the brothel and arrested the woman who had been forcing young girls, including her daughters, to have sex with old men,” said Jumwa.

She added: “The women charged Sh300 per girl for locals, and it’s apparent the pimps later sold the girls to tourists at a higher fee. The woman is now in prison.”

Jumwa said two of the rescued girls aged 13 and 14 later tested HIV positive.

Some of the girls interviewed said they find themselves trapped in a web of sex trade after being lured by agents who promise those jobs in salons and hotels.

They endure dehumanising sexual activities, including sodomy, group sex, drugging and assaults.

Further investigations revealed that some parents encouraged child prostitution by entrusting their children with tourists little known to them with the hope of monetary rewards.

Some ‘philanthropist’ tourists take up needy girls and promise to pay their school fees only to turn against them.

“We have a case where a tourist eloped with a young girl he has been sponsoring in a local school. He asked the parents to allow her accompany him to the beach. She never returned and we hear she is now working as a prostitute in Germany,” said Florence Motanga Chizwe of Kawia Ufike women group that rehabilitates victims of sexual abuse.

Chizwe said some beach operators were also involved in sexual abuse against young girls.

“My group is taking care of three young girls impregnated by beach boys. They use the money they get from the tourists to lure the girls out of school,” she said.

But the abuse is not confined to girls, young boys have been sodomized and forced to take drugs. Ronny Mwalamu, a child right activist said although tourism was to blame for the rising child sex prostitution, the buck stops with the parents, some of whom she says willingly sold their children to strangers.

Just last week, a 56-year-old German tourist was accused of having sex with the 13-year-old minor at a hotel in Mombasa.

He, however, defended himself, saying she had taken the girl to his hotel room to give her school fees. Observers said this was a common trick used by wayward tourists.

Most culprits escape the law because they prefer secluded and fortified cottages.

Attempts to access one of the cottages hit a dead end when a shark-faced guard stopped us about 10 metres from the gate.

“No entry here. This is private property,” he said above the din of barking dogs.

Source: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/columnists/InsidePage.php?id=2000047500&cid=658&

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Kenyan man accused of rape by his wife in UK

Posted by Administrator on November 29, 2011

UK police have arrested a Kenyan man for allegedly raping his wife.

The man, who is yet to formally charged in court, said he was dragged out of a Nairobi-bound flight atHeathrow Airport on Tuesday last week.

Speaking to The Standard in London on Wednesday, the man said he was transferred from Heathrow Police Station to Basildon, Essex, where he was remanded for almost 20 hours before a solicitor got him out on bail.

He also had his passport confiscated and was ordered to report back to the police on January 22 next year to know whether he will be charged or not.

The man told The Standard his wife made the rape allegations after he confronted her over an affair.

He denied the rape claims.

In the UK, a husband can now be convicted of raping his wife after the Sexual Offences Act (1956) was amended.

In a historical court ruling in 1991, the House of Lords rejected the ‘outdated’ view that in marriage, a wife gave irrevocable consent to sexual relations.

No comment 

Basildonpolice confirmed they were investigating the claims of rape but declined to comment further.

The couple, which has two sons aged 8 and 5 had been married since year 2000.

The woman was, however, living in Kenya until two years ago when she migrated to London to join her husband.

The man says all was well until he quit employment as a youth worker with the Basildon Council.

“Things changed suddenly and we started arguing a lot. I guess it was the financial stress taking toll on our marriage,” the man said.

He claimed the wife, who later left with the children, accused him of excessive drinking.

The man is from Matidiri Scheme in Dundori area of Nyandarua County while the estranged wife is from the neighbouring Nyairoko Scheme.

Source- http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/InsidePage.php?id=2000047577&cid=159

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