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Man divorces ‘illiterate’ wife and marries barmaid

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

KIRINYAGA, Kenya_A primary school teacher in Kirinyaga West   District who  sent his wife packing because she was not well educated has   ended up  marrying a class five school dropout and a mother of three.

Less than a year after marrying his first   wife, the man started  mistreating her, saying she had forced herself on   him while he would  have preferred a wife in gainful employment.

She   refused to go saying after fourth form, her  parents had wanted to take   her for a secretarial course, but the  teacher convinced her not to so   that he could marry her.

“Didn’t you tell me you were already earning and would take care of me and our children?” she had reminded him.

Taunted

The   truth, however, was that the teacher had met  and fallen in love with a   beautiful teacher from another school whom  he wanted to marry but found   it hard while he still had a wife.

One   night, he taunted her that she was not  beautiful and her education did   not meet his standards so she was just  wasting her time with him.

When she argued back, he beat her up. The next morning, she packed her clothes, took their two-year-old child and left.

Unfortunately, his new found catch refused to get married to him, afraid she would be labeled a home breaker.

This hurt the teacher so much that he went to the bar. One drink led to another and before he knew it, he was drunk.

Wealthier

When   he was leaving for the night he asked the  bar maid to accompany him.   But she declined because there was an older  but wealthier man in the pub   who wanted to go home with her.

Angered   by the putdown, he promised he would even  marry her if she just went to   his house. The sly woman insisted that  they go to her house to pick her   clothes and children and the teacher,  in his drunkenness agreed.

The next morning, the teacher could not   believe his  eyes when he woke up next to a strange woman and heard three   children  playing happily in his house.

He tried to force her out but she refused adamantly. When he realised he was getting late for the school, he left her.

She   has remained put and during the day, she  chews miraa and goes to the   nearby pub to drink keg beer, making the  teacher a laughing stock in the   village.

Source: The Standard

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Georgia Bill may prevent services for illegal immigrants including obtaining a marriage license

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

ATLANTA —A bill making its way through the Georgia Legislature could prevent illegal immigrants from being able to get a marriage license or access to water and sewage service in the state.

The bill sponsored by Sen. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, has gotten a lot of attention because it would also bar illegal immigrants from the state’s public colleges, universities and technical schools. But another provision that’s generated very little discussion removes foreign passports from a list of identification documents that government agencies can accept for certain transactions. To be acceptable, foreign passports would have to be accompanied by federal immigration documentation proving someone is in the country legally.

“It’s very interesting that the reliability of foreign passports is being questioned by the Georgia Legislature when the Transportation and Security Administration has considered the passport to be a very secure form of ID,” said Azadeh Shahshahani, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. “I think my worry is that perhaps some legislators might not be aware of the implications of this because it seems so innocuous. It doesn’t say on its face that undocumented immigrants can’t get water or can’t marry.”

Loudermilk said the possibility of preventing illegal immigrants from obtaining marriage licenses and access to water and sewer was not intentional. He added that an amendment was likely that would remedy that.

Versions of the bill have cleared the state Senate and a House committee. If the full House passes it, the Senate would have to approve changes made by the House before the session ends Thursday.

Under last year’s law cracking down on illegal immigration, the state attorney general’s office was charged with creating a list of “secure and verifiable” documents that government agencies could accept if they require identification for an official purpose. The list was released last summer and includes a U.S. passport, U.S. military identification card and a U.S. driver’s license, among other documents. It also includes foreign passports, the only document on the list that illegal immigrants would be able to obtain.

By removing foreign passports from the list, the new bill would technically prevent illegal immigrants from getting a marriage license in Georgia or from accessing water and sewage service in the many municipalities that require identification to turn on service. That’s because illegal immigrants wouldn’t have the extra paperwork needed to prove not only that they have a passport, but that they are in the country legally.

However, it’s possible illegal immigrants may not face much of a hurdle if local authorities don’t bring their policies in line with the list of accepted documents. In many instances, local authorities still accept documents that aren’t on the list approved by the attorney general.

A survey by The Associated Press of the websites or staff of probate courts in Georgia’s 25 most populous counties shows at least 21 currently accept a birth certificate or a foreign driver’s license as acceptable identification for those seeking a marriage license. Neither of those documents is on the attorney general’s list.

Unlike other utilities, which are generally managed by private companies in Georgia, water and sewage services are provided by local government agencies. Calls to water and sewage authorities in some parts of the state found that some currently accept foreign driver’s licenses, which is not acceptable under the current law.

Technically, an agency could be penalized under the law for accepting documents not on the attorney general’s list. But penalties are unlikely, as long as any problems that spark complaints are quickly rectified.

The author of last year’s illegal immigration crackdown, Rep. Matt Ramsey, said he believes all public agencies should comply with last year’s law and should accept only identification documents on the attorney general’s list. But the Peachtree City Republican added that he believes a U.S. birth certificate, though not a foreign one, should qualify as a “secure and verifiable” document. The attorney general’s office has the power to add documents to the list.

Source: http://www.independentmail.com/news/2012/mar/25/bill-may-prevent-services-illegal-immigrants/

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Are you being audited? Why the IRS Picked You for the Audit

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

“Why me?” is the plaintive cry from most taxpayers facing an examination from  the IRS. You can ask the auditor why all day long, but he’ll just shrug and say, “I don’t know. I’m just doing my job.” Once in a while an auditor may give you  her best guess as to why you were selected, but don’t count on it.

To be fair, there tends to be a good reason a tax return is flagged for an  audit. Sometimes it is a random spin-of-the-wheel choice, but in most cases  there’s a catalyst to the red flag. So here’s some insight:

Dif Scores. Electronic filing has made it much easier for the IRS to  gather data in order to analyze population groupings, standards and trends. A  simple act of feeding in parameters to existing data can provide information  regarding queries like: How many home owners exist in a certain nine-digit ZIP  code, or what is the average income in Wichita?

The IRS developed a method of computer scoring called the Discriminant  Function System (DIF) score which rates the potential for change based on past  IRS experience with similar returns. The Unreported Income DIF (UIDIF) score  rates tax returns for the potential of unreported income. The highest-scoring  returns are reviewed by IRS personnel and from there some are selected for audit  with pointers to items on the return that need review.

So: You might be audited if you live in Bel Air, pay DMV tags for a  Lamborghini, and pay interest on a million-dollar mortgage yet declare less than  $100,000 of income. Although there may be a very good reason for this–maybe you  earned millions in 2010 and left the workforce in 2011 to kick back and spend  your fortune– the IRS will suspect you aren’t reporting all of your income, and  will want to take a peek.

Abusive tax avoidance transactions. Some folks are audited because  they participate in abusive tax avoidance transactions. The IRS identifies  promoters and participants usually from tipsters or from lists of participants  that promoters have been court-ordered to turn over to the IRS. Be very wary  when investing into those “too-good-to-be-true” tax shelters. Always run them by  your tax pro.

Related examinations. I defended a general contractor in an audit  recently. The IRS noticed that he had neglected to send out Forms 1099 to his  subcontractors and then identified the subcontractors and checked their tax  returns to see if they had declared the income–several had not. The agency  pounced on those who had not – easy prey. I’ve had clients tell me that since  they didn’t get a 1099, they didn’t think they were required to report the  income. Not so. If you have self-employment income of $400 or more, you are  required to file a tax return whether you receive a 1099 or not.

Specific market segments. Every year the IRS selects a particular  industry for compliance examinations. In the last couple of years they have  concentrated on foreign trusts with the idea of uncovering unreported income  from offshore accounts. A few years ago they looked at attorneys incorporated as  Sub S corporations attempting to reclassify dividends as wages for those who take low  salaries but large distributions thus saving money on employment taxes. One year  they went after servers in restaurants to collect on unreported tip income.  Every year the agency chooses an industry to scrutinize based on suspected abuse  hot spots.

Automatic Underreporter Program (AUR) and Information Matching. Employers, banks, brokerage firms, payers of independent contractors all  file documents with the IRS and send the same documents – Forms 1099, W2, 1098,  K-1, etc. to taxpayers. If you neglect to report any of the data on these forms,  or report an amount different than what is on the form, the IRS picks up on it.  Usually, it sends out a letter CP- 2000  relaying the information and billing the taxpayer for additional taxes.  Sometimes an agent shows up on your doorstep.

Amended returns are often times flagged for audit, especially if the  information you are changing involves increasing deductions in red flag areas  such as travel, meals and entertainment and automobile expense.

Don’t be afraid to amend if you have cause. However, if you are amending your  income tax return, be sure you can substantiate all deductions and income.

Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/03/22/why-irs-picked-to-audit/#ixzz1qBB0vhyB

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Video-Strength of a Woman: Catherine Kasavuli

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

STRENGTH OF A WOMAN: TV personality Catherine Kasavuli turns 50.

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The moment when Kenyan pilots’ attempt to rescued kidnapped British woman failed

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

This is the moment a brave attempt to save British hostage Judith Tebbutt from the clutches of her Somali  kidnappers failed.

Mrs Tebbutt, 56, was being transferred between boats by the pirates who had snatched her from a luxury Kenyan beach resort and murdered her husband.

Kenyan pilots who had responded to an SOS call spent hours tracking the small boat through the Indian Ocean.

They tried to scare her captors into dropping her into the sea as she was switched to the bigger vessel.

Hostage: The terrifying moment Mrs Tebbutt is flung between pirates' boats to be taken to their hideaway where she was held hostage

Hostage: The terrifying moment Mrs Tebbutt is flung between pirates' boats to be taken to their hideaway where she was held hostage

The pilots hoped to immediately drop a line to pluck her to safety. But the six-member gang fired AK-47 rifles at the planes, forcing them to abandon the rescue attempt. The pirates then sped off towards Somalia.

It was the beginning of a six-month ordeal for Mrs Tebbutt, which ended only last week when she was released after her family raised a reported ransom of £800,000.

In a further revelation, it has been claimed that her husband David was shot dead in bed with a single bullet to the chest and had no chance to fight off their attackers.

It was previously thought he had been killed during a desperate struggle with the kidnappers in the  couple’s thatched beach cottage.

But medical teams who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards have said that Mr Tebbutt, 58, appeared to have been awoken by the commotion and managed only to sit up in bed before the single bullet was fired through a mosquito net. The shot killed him instantly.

 

His murder gives an insight into  the cold brutality of the gang and  suggests they had always intended to abduct a single British female rather than a couple, as in the case of Paul and Rachel Chandler.

Mr Tebbutt, finance director of publishers Faber & Faber, and his wife, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, were enjoying a holiday on the Kenyan coast last September.

They were the only guests at Kiwayu Safari Village – a secluded hideaway close to the Somali border – when armed men burst into their cottage.

Within seconds, they had shot Mr Tebbutt, bundled his wife into a black tarpaulin and on to a speedboat. A  rescue team based at Phoenix Aviation in Nairobi – which also helped to recover the Chandlers after their yacht was hijacked – picked up the boat’s location and attempted to foil the kidnapping.

One of the pilots said: ‘Two planes scrambled to the coast as fast as  we could.

‘We spent several hours scouring the Indian Ocean before we finally spotted a small speedboat.

‘It was a huge relief to see it and we dropped to 500ft, about as low as  we could fly.

‘We could clearly see a bundle wrapped in tarpaulin on the floor of the boat, and four men armed with AKs. It had to be Mrs Tebbutt.

Ali Babitu Kololo, front centre in green, after appearing in Lamu court concerning the killing of MrTebbutt and abduction of Mrs Tebbutt

Ali Babitu Kololo, front centre in green, after appearing in Lamu court concerning the killing of MrTebbutt and abduction of Mrs Tebbutt

‘We really felt we might be able to rescue her. There was as much adrenaline in the plane as determination, and we had a second team behind us feeling the same.

‘We saw a larger boat and the speedboat headed straight for it. The moment when they transferred Mrs Tebbutt from one boat to the other we thought there might be a chance.

‘We were intimidating them,  continually circling overhead, hoping they might panic and that she might be dropped or fall into the water where we could immediately get a line down to her.

‘All our aircraft have emergency medical equipment, so we know we could have saved her.

‘But we also know from experience that these men have no regard for human life, their own or that of  others. They are emotionally dead. We hoped that might work in our favour, that they would push Mrs Tebbutt overboard to drown, and speed off.

‘Instead they fired further shots towards us and as they took off towards Somalia, we were mindful our fuel was getting low, and that we could not cross into that airspace.

‘We watched them go, knowing this poor lady had a terrible ordeal ahead of her. It was heart-breaking.’ Mrs Tebbutt, who was held at the pirates’ base near the town of Adado in the north-west of Somalia, has told how, in the first weeks of her captivity, she believed there was a chance her husband may have survived.

But a medical team had pronounced him dead at the scene. One of them said: ‘One clean shot through his chest had killed him. It was clear he never had a chance to confront his killers, or to save himself or his wife.’ Mrs Tebbutt was freed last Wednesday and reunited with her son Oliver, 25, before being told of her husband’s death and flying back to Britain on Friday.

The grieving social worker will be asked by Kenyan police to return to testify against the only suspect so far charged over the attack, hotel worker Ali Babitu Kololo, 25. He has admitted leading armed raiders to the Tebbutts’ beach cottage.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119958/Judith-Tebbutt-Dramatic-pictures-moment-British-hostage-lost-kidnappers.html

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Mother to Kenyan woman who succumbed to injuries in Dubai now improving after suffering from a stroke

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

Hannah Mwikamba who suffered froma stroke after learning from doctors that nothing more could be done for her daughter Esther.

Hannah Mwikamba who suffered froma stroke after learning from doctors that nothing more could be done for her daughter Esther.

Dubai: The condition of assault victim Esther Wanjiru Mwikamba’s mother, Hannah, who suffered from a minor stroke last week has improved in the past two days, Gulf News has learnt.

If her recovery continues, she will be discharged from Rashid Hospital in the next few days to allow her to bring her daughter’s remains home to Kenya.

Hannah suffered a minor stroke on March 17 and was admitted to Rashid Hospital upon learning that doctors could no longer save her daughter, Esther who was then in a coma.

For 31 days, Esther, a sales clerk who was brutally assaulted in a parking lot in Dubai, fought for her life at the hospital’s intensive care unit, but eventually succumbed to head injuries at 8am on March 20.

Hannah’s blood pressure remained consistently high in the days following Esther’s passing.

Earlier, Kenyan Ambassador to the UAE Mohammad Abdo Jillos said that repatriation of Esther’s body can only be done once Hannah is well as that is the protocol.

Esther’s remains were brought to the Dubai Police Forensic Science and Criminology Department earlier this week to determine the cause of her death.

During a visit at Rashid Hospital, Gulf News saw Hannah use a walker while walking. Nurses said that the support provided by the frame has been “good for her and will keep her stable.”

Hannah has also been receiving therapy for her left arm and leg, which had become numb.

“I can now feel my left cheek, left arm and left leg. But there is some pain in my left arm when I move it. And both my knees hurt, too,” Hannah, 45, told Gulf News. “But God is good. I am now better than yesterday. I am trying very hard to become stronger so I could take my Esther back home in Kenya where we could lay her to rest,” she added.

Community support

The Kenyan Welfare Association has assured the Mwikamba family of their support on legal matters should they need them.

Members of the local Kenyan community continue to visit Hannah to offer their condolences and prayers for the Mwikamba family.

A compatriot devotes at least three hours of her time in the afternoon to massage the numb part of Hannah’s body. This, Hannah said, has helped her a lot.

But of all the people Hannah would like to see, is the 24-year-old Emirati who allegedly beat up her daughter. The suspect has been in police custody and has not been granted bail since the incident took place on February 18.

“I want to see him with my own eyes. I want to ask him why he killed my baby. Why?” Hannah said as tears roll down her eyes, her small hands balling into fists. “But I don’t want death for him. No, not death. I want him to live because I know God is in charge,” she added.

Hannah also appealed to authorities to give justice to her daughter. She also begged to seek audience with His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The case is at present pending with the Dubai Public Prosecution.

The suspect has been charged with “assault which led to death” which is a serious crime punishable by the Federal Penal Code whose maximum punishment could go up to 10 years in jail.

The defendant was likewise accused of sexually harassing the victim’s friend.

Source: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/emergencies/condition-of-slain-sales-clerk-s-mother-improves-1.999219

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US Students raise money by mimicking living in Kenya

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

FARMINGTON, N.M. (WTW) — A serious shortage of elephant dung was the first obstacle in what turned out to be a fun but rough spring break for 20 local students.

During their spring break, a group of middle school, high school and college-aged students raised funds for a small village in Kenya by building a mud hut model and living in conditions similar to those in the east African country.

“The first day killed em,” said Keith Neil, youth pastor at Pinon Hills Community Church in Farmington.

The students, all members of the church, lived in tents in a canyon downhill from their church for four days. During the week, the participants ate a diet of eggs, fruit and beef stew all typical Kenyan foods.

The students slept through cold nights, spent days without snacking and were prohibited from taking any technology into the camp.

“It was hard, but I think I learned a lot,” said Ian Campbell, 17.

They constructed a shelter from stucco, plywood and tin scraps to create a model of the huts they will build later this year when they visit a small village in Kenya. In Kenya, the huts instead are made of wooden poles, branches, mud and elephant dung.

“We made a pretty stinking cool hut,” said Neil, acknowledging that it was possible despite the lack of pachyderm poop.

“We really wanted to show people … When you put your money toward this project, this is what we’re going to do with it,” he said. The group termed the project “Hut Town” to encourage visitors.

The students in May will visit the tiny village of Ahero, a village about 30 miles south of Kisumu City on Lake Victoria. The church has partnered with the organization Houses of Hope, which pinpoints the neediest families in the community and matches them with volunteers who help construct the huts.

“The huts are like the size of my room,” Campbell said. “I can hardly imagine living in that.”

The huts are about 16 by 18 feet and usually are home to about seven family members. They cost about $400 each to build.

“It’s ugly as can be, but it’s somebody’s home,” said Neil.

The group in May, and another team in July, will head to Kenya to build 12 huts in four days all of them funded by money raised during the students’ spring break efforts.

Last year, the same group did a similar fundraiser for Haiti by creating a “Tent City” that mirrored one of those set up on the island nation after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

They raised about $10,000 in pledges and donations last year, and they reached about the same amount this year, Neil said.

During the week, students also assisted Masada House, a women’s transitional housing shelter, by doing maintenance work around the facility.

The hut, however, must be torn down because of city codes that require a permit for a structure such as the hut. Neil said he could not find one.

“There is no permit for an African mud hut,” he said.

Source: http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/usatoday/article/38886295?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

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Kenya to build Africa’s largest wind farm

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

Photo/FILE A US wind farm.

Photo/FILE A US wind farm.

AFP-The construction of what is to become Africa’s biggest wind farm will start by June in an arid region of northern Kenya, the project’s officials said Saturday.

A total of 365 wind turbines will be erected near Lake Turkana, where winds blow predictably and regularly, averaging speeds of 11 metres per second.

After seven years of study and funding negotiations, the 585 million euro ($775 million) project is to take off in June once risk guarantees from the Ida and Miga financial institutions — part of the World Bank Group — are finalised, Carlo Van Wageningen, head of Lake Turkana Wind Power, told AFP.

“All the contracts are in place. We’re ready to start” the work once we get these guarantees, he said.

The first step will be to improve on or build 204 kilometres (126 miles) of road in northern Kenya for the trucks that will make 12,000 trips to bring in all the materials for the project in the remote, neglected region.

“We’re in the middle of nowhere. There is no infrastructure whatsoever,” Van Wageningen said, adding that the wind farm site resembles “photos of the surface of the moon.”

National grid

A 428-kilometre transmission line will also be built to link the wind farm to the national grid at an additional cost of 142 million euros.

The transmission line will be built by Isolux Corsan of Spain and financed by loans from the Spanish and Kenyan governments.

The wind farm is expected to start production of the first 50 MW in mid-2014 and reach full capacity in early 2015, by which time it should have an installed capacity of 300 megawatts.

Total energy generation in Kenya was 6,460 MW hours in 2008, half from hydroelectric power, one-third from oil and 16 percent from geothermal power, according to the Global Energy Network Institute.

Morocco currently boasts Africa’s largest wind energy production, with a capacity of 140 megawatts from 165 turbines.

The consortium for the Kenyan project has entered into a contract to sell the power produced to utility company Kenya Power over 20 years at a cost of 7.52 euro cents/kwh, a price, which, together with geothermal, is the lowest in Kenya.

“Here you can produce windpower at an interesting cost, without subsidies,” unlike the case in Europe, Van Wageningen said.

The African Development Bank said it was “heading the financing process” to arrange for a loan that will cover 70 per cent of the project cost.

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How embassy staff collude with cartels to con Kenyans

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

An international human trafficking ring is working with employees of some embassies to recruit unsuspecting Kenyans into forced labour in the Middle East.

The cartel lures Kenyans by placing advertisements of well-paying job opportunities in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Kuwait in local newspapers.

Desperate young men and women, some of them university graduates, apply for the jobs, pay travel and contract processing fees only to end up as domestic workers and labourers.

The racketeers alternatively use their local agents to convince jobless youths to sign up for jobs abroad without following the required procedure.

All foreign employers are supposed to inform the Ministries of Labour and Foreign Affairs of vacancies in their countries before seeking applications from Kenyans.

In the recent past, scores of Kenyans have fallen prey to these crooks. Now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning jobseekers to beware of fake employment agencies.

The ministry wants all Kenyans seeking employment abroad to ensure their contracts are scrutinised by the Ministry of Labour and approved before taking up any offers.

It has also established a diaspora desk and wants Kenyans seeking jobs outside the country to register with it.

Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetang’ula, told Parliament early this month that some employees at the Saudi Arabia embassy were working with unlicensed recruitment agents to traffic Kenyans into forced labour.

“Sir, that problem actually involves a criminal network. We have engaged the Saudi ambassador in Kenya and he has advised us that, in fact, there are some members of staff at the embassy who work in cahoots with those crooked recruitment agents,” Mr Wetang’ula told a shocked Parliament.

The minister was responding to Lamu West MP Fahim Twaha, whose constituent Tashrifa Mohamed Said was found abandoned on the streets of Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, without any documentation.

Mr Wetang’ula said Ms Said was a victim of dubious recruitment agents and the government was making plans to return her home.

Ms Said is just one of the many Kenyans who have in the past two months been subjected to untold suffering in the Middle East after being lured with promises of well-paying jobs that never were.

The minister said most of the victims were from Mombasa, Kilifi, Lamu and Kinoo near Nairobi.

“They recruit young Kenyans, mainly girls, and collect very heavy commissions, take them to Saudi Arabia and dump them there in the hands of equally crooked employers who abuse those young Kenyans.

”We have said that any Kenyans going to work out there should report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and leave their details there. They should also report at the embassy upon arrival,” he said.

Mr Wetang’ula said the Ministry of Labour was signing agreements with countries in Middle East where Kenyans are seeking employment to protect them.

“The Minister for Labour recently signed an agreement with the government of the United Arab Emirates to regulate the working conditions of our nationals working there.

”Right now, I believe that the minister is in Qatar signing a similar agreement to also regulate the conditions of Kenyans working there,” he said.

And the US in its latest report on human trafficking says the government reported 236 investigations, 10 prosecutions, and six convictions of trafficking offenders, though only two of the convictions actually involved human trafficking offences.

The report adds that corruption among law enforcement authorities and other public officials continued to hamper efforts to bring traffickers to justice.

In certain regions, corrupt police, immigration, or labour officials were complicit, received bribes to overlook or provide lighter penalties for, or obstructed investigations of human trafficking.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/How+embassy+staff+collude+with+cartels+to+con+Kenyans+/-/1056/1373646/-/item/0/-/82hys6z/-/index.html

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Wetangula back in Kenya after Mali ordeal

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2012

Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula safely returned to Kenya on Sunday night after days of uncertainty in Bamako, Mali due to a military coup there.

The coup occurred on Wednesday causing instability in the West African nation that was due hold presidential elections next month. “Africa should mature; the days of coups are gone.

It is highly regrettable and irresponsible for young excited soldiers to take guns and drive out an elected government,” Wetangula told Journalists at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon his return. “The president they have overthrown was not even standing for elections.

So to say he was holding on to power does not hold ground,” he added. Wetangula returned home with five other Kenyans including a student aboard a Kenya Airways flight from Lagos, Nigeria where they spent Saturday night following safe evacuation from Mali.

He assured that other Kenyans left behind were safe and some of them were left out of their own volition. “We have two families who said they don’t want to leave their Malian friends and assured us that they were under adequate protection.

There was a Lieutenant General and three other military people who were on an African Union mission in Bamako and they also assured me that they are safe,” the minister explained. He however said that there were two Kenyans who were willing to return and plans had already been made for their safe evacuation.

“My PS (Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi) had organised to charter another plane from Senegal to go and pick them up and any other Kenyan willing to return but the plane could not leave Senegal because it got late after it was hired to transport election material there… so the plane that took us to Lagos will be going back to pick them up and take them out of Mali,” he said.

The minister who was attending an African Union summit on peace and security when the coup occurred said the happenings in Mali should serve as a lesson for Africa and the world not to take peace and security for granted.

Wetangula and his Zimbabwean counterpart, alongside their officers, were holed up in a hotel in Bamako after a curfew was imposed. Negotiations initiated by the African Union later saw the junta allow temporary opening of the airspace for the stranded leaders to leave.

An earlier attempt to have them evacuated flopped on Saturday after the pilot of a chartered plane declined to fly into Mali, citing security concerns. The UN had also chartered a flight to evacuate staff from Bamako.

“A light UN plane was allowed in. One seat was available and offered to me but I declined to take the seat and gave it to one stranded Kenyan, a Mr Kaberia,” Wetangula wrote on his Facebook page.

“I found it difficult and immoral to jump on the plane to safety and leave my officers and other available Kenyans in uncertainty. We still await our date with fate. Goodnight Kenyan compatriots and friends,” he had said earlier.. CAPITAL FM

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