Babito, A Kenyan mother who has been taking care of her two year-old baby, has been deported from Sweden, an act that has shocked members of the Kenya-Stockholm community who knew her. For a long time, Babito has been trying to acquire legal status in Sweden because of “family relationship” but unfortunately, the Swedish Immigration authorities have refused to accept her arguements.
Although her baby was born in Sweden, has a blond haired white Swedish father and a Swedish passport to boot, Babito was deported to Kenya following her arrest. KSB has been unable to establish whether she was deported alone or with her little baby. After her application for a Permanent Residence Permit was rejected, she filed an appeal which was also rejected last year, forcing her to go underground.
Immediately after she gave birth, the Kenyan woman was dumped by her Swedish partner who later told KSB on telephone that the separation was normal and that it had nothing to do with refusing to help Babito acquire a Residence Permit. At that time, concerns were raised by members of the Kenyan community when information spread that following the birth of her child, Babito had been abandoned by her partner without any means of livelihood.
According to the Swedish father, he had not abandoned his baby. The guy told KSB that he had done everything possible to help under the circumstances. Amid charges by some Kenyans that the man was evading responsibility, the man surfaced to say that he was in regular contact with Babito and that the two were working to resolve the crisis. That was two years ago.
The deportation of Babito is strange because according to the Swedish law, every child has a right of access to both parents regardless of marital circumstances. Assuming that Babito was deported together with her baby, the law is being violated because once in Kenya, the baby will cease to have contact with the father. If, on the other hand, the baby remained behind in Sweden, access to the mother will cease and this is contrary to Swedish law.
After Babito split with her Swedish man, she had no legal basis to stay in Sweden but once she gave birth, her new situation entitled her to stay on grounds of family reasons. Although the man dumped her after she gave birth, the separation is irrelevant from a legal point of view because the interest of the child which had come into being had taken precedence.
Mr. Robert Bekman, a refugee lawyer, told KSB that it is possible that the deportation is temporary and that Babito is likely to return to Sweden after six months or thereabout. According to the lawyer, a person in her situation can still be deported to fulfill the legal requirement that an application for a Swedish Residence Permit can only be made in one’s country of origin.
What this means is that Babito could still present a fresh application through the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi and await for a new decision.
The Lawyer told KSB that the requirement that an application be presented in one’s home country could, at times, lead to the element of the baby being overlooked depending on circumstances and especially if the father of the child is not supportive.
“These kinds of cases normally end up with the mother being allowed to stay because the child remains a Swedish citizen and it is only natural that the child has access to the mother”, Bekman told KSB. Babito’s former Swedish partner could not be reached for comment.
The ”Dream Team” that hosted a ”Generational Boogie” on Saturday 27th August 2011 must be very satisfied with the outcome. Although I was not personally present at the day time “Basketball Summer Chill” at Skogås because I was helping out with photography at the Joyce-Robert wedding, agents who attended the Chill reported quality service and good attendance.
Apart from late arrival of fans at the field, the kilograms of Nyama Choma that was on the menu were all chewed and by the time the Zionheights Crew shifted base to Hägasten where the all-night boogie was booked, fresh supplies of Choma had to be rushed in to rescue the situation. In any case, activities of DJ Wadada and his chief companion, DJ Ben were likely to drain energy so a constant supply of Choma was just in order. I arrived at the theater of entertainment just before midnight to catch a better part of the action.
There was a lot of curiosity about the new “Dream Team” that was seeking to make a mark on the highly competitive entertainment scene in Stockholm. After the Party, the Zionheights establishment had a reason to smile because they made a simple statement – that the group has some serious business to sort out in the industry.
According to a KSB estimate, the Party was attended by 70-80 revelers who were of mixed age groups although it was obvious that the younger generation dominated the dance floor, not because the Wazee wa Kazi who had come kupunguza uzee could not dance but because the wazees had to take a rest now and then as they tried to measure how far they could maintain the tempo on the floor.
Party animals from various communities (especially East Africa and the Great Lakes Region) were all represented. At least, one Kenyan dude based in London (who was introduced to KSB by DJ Frank of Sound of Blackness) was present while another Kenyan lady had travelled all the way from the United States to attend the boogie.
On the floor, there was no competition between vijana and wazee. A mzee wa kazi could jump inside a “dancing circle” to show how it used to be done before sliding away to give room for young blood to show the difference and everybody seemed happy as new and sophisticated ways of gyrating madiabas were put on display almost in tandem.
The married couple on the dance floor
A married couple with teenage kids told KSB that they came “to spy” on what the younger generation was up to and to check how far they (the couple) had drifted from “modern times”. The couple had confirmed that their teenies would not be at the Party because according to the Daddie, the couple did not want to encounter their kids on the same Party floor with all the possible maneuvers and other awkward acts they did not want to talk about. They were lucky because the kids were away from Stockholm over the week-end.
What was interesting was that the couple “split up” on the dance floor thereby making themselves “available” and ready for “engagement”. As the woman began to make her first steps to try and catch up with the latest Genge beats supplied by DJ Wadada, a middle aged dude who appeared to have been waiting for an opportunity quickly took advantage of the situation and speedily sneaked on the floor to position himself strategically in order to win a dance and the lady did not seem disturbed. She continued to shake her beef with her hands in the air.
The dude had no idea that the bull who zero-grazes around the lady’s shrine was just a few centimeters away. In fact, an intoxicated analyst could posit that the woman may have been telling her hubby that “look…, I am still very marketable sweetheart… so get your act together!”. The hubby was not yet lucky enough to attract the attention of any of the numerous ndogo-ndogos but as he swung across the floor seeking an effective answer to the wife’s challenge, he watched developments on the wife’s front with the secrecy of that CIA agent who was tasked with tracking down Osama bin Laden at Abatabad in Pakistan.
Suddenly, Wadada moved from Genge to Banjuka and this turn-around appears to have fired the advancing dude because he started moving closer to the lady as the hubby pretended not to have any connection to the target. An observer standing on a higher moral ground and who understood the lady’s marital status could have expected her to take the gradual “stay away from me” back-step when the guy tried to close the gap but she didn’t.
She maintained her ground and this behaviour seemed to have given the advancing dude the wrong signal. When the poor dude noticed that the lady was standing her ground by not moving away from his “ballistic missile”, he simply closed the gap completely and proceeded to motion his right hand in the direction of the lady’s waist line as if “to test the waters” even further. Many men will tell you that when you manage to get your itchy fingers on that line, sliding them down the bumps behind could just as well be a matter of time with unforeseen and sometimes devastating consequences.
It was like the clueless dude was in the process of starting the “squeeze me I squeeze you” session. As his fingers approached the waist line aka “red line”, the hubby suddenly found himself jolted into action. The careless movement of the dude’s fingers towards prohibited areas was unacceptable and the hubby had to use his veto power to stop further advances for security reasons. He intervened (like a policeman trying to prevent a crime in progress) by getting in the middle to interrupt the offending moves . What was clear was that the couple seem to have “split up” on the dance floor without agreeing on the ground rules. The concerned hubby whispered something into the guy’s ear (this is my wife…?) and luckily, there was no commotion because the dude simply danced away to look for another prey. It was like nothing had actually happened.
The episode played itself so discreetly in the dimly-lit dance floor and unless you had been watching the movie from scene one, it was almost impossible to notice that something was seriously amiss as the crowd danced away the night. After about two minutes, the couple quit the dance floor and headed straight for the exit, probably to consult on what was possible under the circumstances. next time you get there with your rib and perform a mock “split up” for fun, define the rules at home to avoid dangerous operations around private property!
On the security front, there was no incident and as the cocks began to crow, the crowd also began to melt away. On the whole, Zionheights had lived up to expectation and the crowd was well entertained. The success has buoyed the “Dream Team” and according to latest intel gathered by KSB, the group is now planning the “Halloween Party” at a date to be announced later. Although it is possible that the “Dream Team” could duplicate the “Chill Session” success, consistency and quality service is what will endear the group’s followers to subsequent sessions.
On Saturday, August 27th, several events happened in Kenya-Stockholm. One of the highlights was a “closed circuit wedding” (attendance by invitation only) which was held at the New Life Church at Fridhemsplan. The fantastic wedding was between Joyce and Robert who later led the invited guests to a reception with sumptuous food accompanied by speeches. The ceremony was conducted by Pastor Kjell Waren who also prayed for the newly weds. After speeches, Shiela Mustaq from Kenya led the couple into the cake-cutting session.
The ceremony ended in song and dance. Among the invited guests were several Kenyans, members of the new Life Church and Swedish and African friends who all had a good time. Speaker after speaker wished the couple well. Speaking to KSB, the couple thanked everybody who attended the wedding and all those who assisted in various ways to make it happen. “We will always remember you and what you did for us”, Joyce told KSB.
Ngoma ya Kilo
Place: Lilla Wien”Little Nairobi”
Pendel: Södra Station