Johnstone Ongondo Owuor
January 31st, 1955 to May 26th 2011
It is with profound sorrow and humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing of Johnstone Ongondo Owuor which occurred on May 25th, 2011 at Bellflower, California. Mr. Owuor suffered a massive heart attack, and collapsed at his home in Bellflower. Attempts to revive him by the paramedics failed. He went with the Lord shortly after 1:00am. He had battled diabetes for over 5years.
Johnstone, known to his friends as ‘Rex’ was born to the late Mzee Robert Owuor and the late Mama Salome Owuor on January 31st 1955 at Kano near Kisumu, Kenya-East Africa.
He was the beloved husband of Christabel Odero-owuor; Father to Lenora owuor, Dora Owuor, and Roxy Owuor; Brother to Honorable Miruka Owuor, the late Apollo Owuor, Tinshop Owuor, Dr. Ogendo Owuor, Williams Owuor and sister Jane Osiro.; Brother in Law to Yunia Owuor, Pamela Owuor and Irene Owuor; Son in Law to the late Paul Isaka Odero and mama Rispar Odero.
Johnstone Owuor was educated at Kamusinga High School. University of Nairobi, Kenya and University of California-Riverside. Early in his career, he worked for The City of Carson, as the Chief entomologist. He later became a teacher at Jordan-Locke adult School and Maxine Waters Ocupation center, both of Los Angeles unified School district. He will be dearly missed. Funeral arrangements and shipment of his remains back to Kenya are in the works
From our investigations steeped in insider details, Ambassador Purity Muhindi at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm has totally given up on working with Kenyans in Stockholm. The general attitude of bosses at the Embassy is that Kenyans in Stockholm must be left alone “because nothing seem to be working”.
The situation is a bit different with junior staff members struggling to cling on to their jobs. Although they hate the Ambassador like leprosy, they continue to put on a face of “business as usual”, sometimes supporting the Ambassador when she looks frustrated due to stuff spilled at blogs.
The Thursday secret and selective invitation of a cross section of Kenyans to a dinner Party where a group of Kenyan dignitaries and Civil servants were being entertained revealed a lot of detail about the psychology of the Ambassador, the workings at the Embassy, frustration of Embassy staff and the dilemma of Ambassador’s guests from Kenya especially when they were faced with uncritical odiangabuks more inclined to smiling at them as the swallowship continued than asking serious questions about Kenyan politics.
Once the Ambassador got signals that a group of Kenyan dignitaries were on their way to Sweden, a meeting was called by her at the Embassy where top Embassy staff decided on who was and who was not to be invited to a reception at the Ambassador’s residence where the guests were supposed to be hosted. The Kenyan delegation has been on a tour of Europe and Sweden was just a stop over.
In their tour of Sweden, KSB gathered that the dignitaries have been taken to different facilities including the Parliament buildings, the police stations, different factories among others. But when it came to the Thursday dinner where the Ambassador “welcomed the dignitaries” and where they “met Kenyans in Stockholm”, it was Mr. Daniel Kottut, the First secretary and Mrs Chatherine Kiboi, the Administrative attaché, who were making the invitations after a carefully selected list of Kenyans were decided upon by the Ambassador and her advisors.
Although the invitations were made on phone, special Embassy cards were also prepared and sent to different Kenyan contacts. The selection among Kenyans in Stockholm was very down to earth and one of the key names which made it to the list is Jeff ole Ngais.
After failing to get a serious political platform in Stockholm, Ole Ngais is emerging as an “Embassy favourite”, not just because of his polished demeanor but because he has cultivated a culture of avoiding controversy especially when he is dealing with the “Embassy dinner” kind of situations where taking the dignitaries by their political jugular could land you into the “Black book” of the Ambassador (where KSB is resting) and block any future invitations.
OLE NGAIS ASKED ABOUT DUAL CITIZENSHIP
Last October, Ole Ngais is one Kenyan who attacked the Kenyan Ambassador for failing to give him a contract to design the now dormant Embassy website, in the process, taking issue with the Ambassador at his blog for having given the contract to web designers linked to the disco group, Sound of Blackness, without a transparent tendering process.
It is not clear what happened after that attack and Kenyans who thought that Ole Ngais had eventually joined the ranks of anti-Purity activists had to return to the drawing board to try and understand the pattern of Masaasi worrior’s change of tact.
On Monday, Kottut was reported to have been very busy on the phone, calling contacts. A big advantage on the side of the Ambassador is that there is a group of Kenyan students pursuing their Masters degrees in various fields at various Institutions of higher learning in Sweden and who had taken contact with the Embassy upon their arrival in Sweden as a matter of protocol.
What the Embassy did is that Her Excellency packed the dinner with these students who were expected to “behave” in the presence of the dignitaries. According to insider information gathered by a KSB agent, there were between 15-20 Kenyans resident in Stockholm and among them, only three could be classified as Kenya-Stockholmers known within the social scene.
If you have been in Stockholm for some time, what it means is that you couldn’t put a single name on the faces of at least 17 Kenyans who were present as guests while among the MPs, identification as to who was who became next to impossible because majority of MPs who honored the invitation were back benchers who got to Parliament for the first time after elections last December. One of them was the MP for Wundanyi who ousted Mwandiwiro Mghanga while another one was MP for Mandera North or there about.
According to a source who was at the dinner, the MPs were surprised that they were not facing any challenge from the Kenyan audience despite the fact that some top MPs who were in the entourage had skipped the dinner thinking that they would be grilled by Wakenya. The only serious question that came up and that was reportedly posed by a Narc-Kenya top brass who was also invited was why the MPs had refused to allow their salaries to be taxed.
OF MPS WHO “HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED”
In response, one of the MPs said that he appreciated that question because in Kenya, audiences rarely asked them those kind of questions. The MP said that they are already paying taxes indirectly because of the many harambees they have to attend from time to time, a worn out answer that does not wash following the banning of harambees in Kenya after Narc took over power.
Another soft question that came up was based on the issue of dual citizenship which was posed by Ole Ngais. One of the MPs said that dual citizenship was definitely on the agenda and that it would be included in the new Constitution. Asked when the Constitution was likely to be delivered, an MP answered that the delivery of a new Constitution was not on the agenda at the moment because of other pressing problems such as the Waki report and the resettlement of IDPs.
For your information, the sitting arrangement was such that different groups were sitting at different tables and to know what was being discussed at one table, one had to move from table to table. There was no organized fielding of questions with the MPs addressing an audience or anything like that. In the meantime, the Ambassador put on her jolly posture as members of the audience steered cleared from controversy, much to her satisfaction.
At another table, an MP stunned listeners when he said that MPs in Kenya have mainly been compromised and that it is very difficult to criticize the “principals” because of the power they wield. He said that all MPs wanted positions as Ministers or Assistant ministers and that to realize this ambition, criticizing the principlas amounts to political suicide.
The Mandera East MP who was addressing another table reportedly said that he doesn’t care whether or not he gets a top post in the Cabinet, signs that there are MPs who have withdrawn ambitions of making it to the Cabinet. According to a new piece of Intelligence, there is a new staff posting at the Embassy although our agent could not dig deeper because the trail ended there. In our next installment we bring you Mr. Martin Ngatia’s reaction to Ambassador’s purity’s tendency of hiding her Kenyan visitors from Kenyans in Stockholm.
I would like to welcome Mr. Okoth Osewe’s comments on whether Kenyans in Stockholm
should turn to prayers as the solution to the many problems we do undergo here in this country.
As a Christian, I do believe that prayers can move mountains and that’s why am supporting, whole heartedly, Osewe’s comments.
When Jesus Christ started his Ministry in Galilee, his disciples one time asked him to teach them how to pray. That’s how Jesus came up with the Lord’s prayer. In part of the Lord’s prayer, it says: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”.
The world we are living in today is full of temptations and all other types of evil. God, who is our creator, also created Satan who is the father of all evil. God also gave human beings the choice of doing good (God’s work) or bad (the devil’s work).
Why do people fall into temptations and do evil things? In the book of Genesis, we are told that when God created Adam and then Eve, they were forbidden not to eat one fruit and when the serpent lured Eve into eating that fruit, the blame game started there and it has been there since then.
When God created a helper to Adam, he was very happy but when God asked Adam why he has eaten the fruit, he said it’s the woman you gave me and in turn the woman blamed the serpent (Satan).
As human beings, we are very good in judging others and we do that according to what we hear and see but not according to what we cannot hear or see. That’s why Jesus said that “he who has never sinned should throw the first stone”. Nobody did that because all of us have “skeletons” in our closets.
When Jesus was crucified, we are told that one of the thieves went to paradise with him because he did acknowledge his sins and confessed them to God, but the people of the world had and did condemned him to death.
GOD LOVES MR. OSEWE
Ambassador Purity Muhindi, like any other human being, may have committed many mistakes (am not holding brief for her), but do we keep on condemning her or pray for her?
Those of us who are Christians are taught to pray for our enemies and even do good to those who do bad things unto us. All of us have a part to play in this world and God created each and every one with a purpose and role to play in this world.
The former Ambassador, Michael Arap Sergon, really opened the Embassy to Kenyans because prior to that, Prof. Idha Salim, Sergon’s predecessor, had surrounded himself with some sycophants (the Kamothos, Aringos etc) during the times of KANU ni mama na baba.
By taking Osewe’s challenge – whether we should turn to Bagarmossen (read church) and as a member of that church (Bagarmossen Outreach Ministry), first and foremost, I should give Glory, Honour and Praise to God because of giving us a place where we can congregate and worship the Almighty God.
We are so grateful to God because during the post elections violence, we did organize an inter- denominational prayer meeting to pray for peace in our country and God really answered our prayers because sanity returned to our country.
For any healing to take place, it has to start with oneself by praying to God for forgiveness because unless one does that, it will be impossible to forgive one another. Love is the only solution to many negative situations and if one asks “who is God”, God is love because love do cover a multitude of sins.
I take this opportunity to thank God because of his kindness and mercy and all the other Kenyans who have stood with my family during the difficult times of trials and other tribulations.
Mr Osewe, you are a creation of God and you did really have a major task in God’s kingdom. God created you with a purpose. Regardless of the way we see you as a human being, God loves you and he sees you as one of his sons.
Bagarmossen Outreach Ministries do meet every Sunday at 14.30-17.00, and we do welcome everyone regardless of race and creed. We do normally have prayer meetings each and every Friday, at individual’s homes and we can go anywhere upon request.
May the Almighty God be praised and honoured all the times. May bGod bless you all and let us embark on praying for one another.
NB. All this views reflects my opinion and not that of Bagarmossen Outreach Ministry.
Bro. Githuku Wa Muirani,
Bagarmossen Church Member
Do not miss the Conference in which Dr Kiiza Besigye, the heroic Ugandan Opposition leader, will deliver a speech on conflicts in Uganda in particular and the entire region in general. Dr. Kiiza Besigye is the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (website: http://www.fdcuganda.org)
Conference on conflict and conflict resolutions in Africa:
Place: ABF Stockholm, Sveavägen 41, Saturday 4 October 2008;
Time: 9:30- 16:30
Three workshops, about conflicts and conflict resolutions in Uganda, about conflict in the Sudan and about the conflicts in the horn of Africa
Speakers at the Conference.
1. Pierre Schori talks about those conflicts in Africa but mainly focusing on West Africa. He also talks about his role as a UN ambassador and chief for the UN peace keeping forces in Ivory Coast,
2. Warren Kizza Besigye talks on armed and other conflicts in Uganda, its impact on human development and the process of democratization in Uganda .
3. H.E. Jacqueline Mutangira, the situation for women in Rwanda and their role in society today after the genocide.
4. Representative of the government of Uganda talks on the Ugandan experience, of the balance between conflict and democratic reforms
5. Joe Frans, Chairman of Forum Syd tells about how the Swedish NGO’s work with aid in the conflict areas.
6. H.E. Moses Akol, the Sudanese Ambassador, talks on the conflict in Southern Sudan and its resolution.
7. Etienne Tshisekedi, talks on the developments and situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bengt Nilsson (unconfirmed) Journalist and writer on Africa.
Conference arranged by the OLOF Palme center.
Ugandans and other African friends are arranging a fund raising dinner dance in honour of Dr Kiiza Besigye and to support his Party, the Forum for Democratic Change. More details about it will follow soon. Reserve that night for the dinner dance.
Purity can still relax because there is something urgent. There are some Kenyans who have been pestering me to write about two issues but I am not sure whether their ideas are good and how Kenyans in Stockholm might take the comments. I will take up one of the key issues today.
You have a very good Kenyan friend who respects you very much. She has two kids and the elderly child is having a birthday. As a buddy who is in her “white books” (you are almost topping the list), you are one of the first Kenyans and friends to be invited to the birthday bash, sometimes 30 days before the extravaganza.
The big day comes and then you arrive without a present for the child. It could be understandable if you didn’t have time to buy the present because your schedule is very tight. But then, you also fail to “put something” in an envelope which could later materialize into a present for the young lad who is turning I don’t know how many years.
Then, a small discussion about birthday presents suddenly pops up on a light note and, like a radio with new batteries (to borrow from comrade Martin Ngatia), you take over the debate, proselytizing about the general concept of birthday presents. According to your innovate theory, birth day presents are part of “white culture” because “our fore-fathers” never even used to celebrate birthdays in the first place.
According to your so called theory, the most important thing is that you have left all your stuff to attend the birthday Party. Your argument is that your presence at the occasion is itself the ultimate “birthday present” that is even “beyond purchase”.
In the meantime, you did not come alone. You pulled a friend who is totally unrelated to the family that had “specially invited guests” to come along and the justification for the extra company is different depending on whom you talk to.
According to you, “we are Africans” and not everybody needs to be invited to a birthday Party. “My friend called me and asked if we could go out. I told him that I had been invited to a birthday Party. WE THEN DECIDED that why not? We could hook up and zoom to the Party together. That’s the good thing with us Africans, you don’t have to be invited to such parties”, you roar.
WHEN THE “STAR OF THE PARTY” BUST INTO TEARS…
By then, your beer level is about 4-5 cans and as you speak, you are at the same time throwing tiny bits of saliva on your listener’s face because you can’t shut your big mouth. Your hands are in the air and as you dinya your points, you are pointing in the direction of Kenya, saying “huko nyumbani, people don’t care”. Just to rewind, you opened a fresh drink, took two sips and forgot the can in the kitchen. Noticing that your system is still not yet saturated, you call for a new drink simply because vinywaji are freely available.
The thing izz, You have forgotten that the Party may have cost the host between 5-10 thao in krona (Ksh 50-100,000) and that probably, the budget was based on a simple arithmetic on the number of expected guests.
To counter any possible argument to the effect that uninvited guests (like the one you came with) are being unrealistic, you posit that “if you don’t have money, don’t call people to a birthday Party”. This is where we are. If it was your rib or some soft flesh your fingers are walking over, it could be understandable if she is the uninvited baggage. You have arrived with a functional alkizz (alcoholic) whose first demand is a whisky.
He is functional bcozz at least, he knows where to take the last train or the night bus. Even then, you have to call him in the morning to confirm that he arrived in his one roomed shabby flat because he has a tendency of feeding you with stories the following day of how he slept in the night bus and that he had to be woken up by the driver in the middle of nowhere. He enjoys telling you these stories because he likes remembering how drunk he was last night. That is his hobby.
As for him (who arrived without a birthday present if you have 4gotten), there is a different explanation as to why he is there – eti it is always good to have friends because “they make things happen”. The truth is that he was supposed to spend money on drinks at Vasa but once he discovered that some free drinks might have been packing somewhere at a birthday Party, it was time “to go and meet Wakenya”.
Gate crashing within the context of African culture is not wrong per se. But why can’t you also contribute the cash you were supposed to spend at Vasa for the kid to have a birthday present or to appreciate the effort? We are Africans but we are not in Africa. We are in the “Krona world”. Even in Africa, there is what is called “communal contribution” in certain situations because life has become “hard”. If I were Leonard Mambo Mbotela, I could have asked: “Je, hu ni Ungwana kweli?”
I was one day very embarrassed when I got to a birthday Party and suddenly, the kid who was celebrating her birthday started crying mysteriously. The mother was around and I was making a corner, (just on time) to download at the small room. Surprised, I stopped to ask the mother why the “star of the Party” was crying. With some difficulty, she said that there is a guest who had arrived without a present and the child could not understand.
“MPANADA NGAZI HUSHUKA”
The problem is that all along, both the mother and the child had been positioned strategically to receive visitors and things appeared to have been going well. Guests were either carrying presents or envelopes with others requesting for envelopes if they hadn’t carried any but had planned to “do something”. It was not a “police marking” kind of situation but those who did not carry presents quickly explained to the mother (that they had something) then the Mom relayed the explanation to the kid (a present would be purchased) with the result that the kid kept her cool. Every time a guest arrived without a present, the kid expected an explanation.
Suddenly, a guest arrived without a present and since the guest did not indicate that something was on the way, the mother too could not relay back any signals. Haya.
The kid questioned why there was no present and at first, the mother tried to ignore in some kind of cover up. The kid insisted and the mother still tried to brush the issue aside because it was embarrassing. When no explanation was fourth coming, the kid burst into tears shouting aloud where the guest’s present was. A crisis of sorts started brewing as the kid persisted in the middle of a deep cry: “where is his present?”
When I enquired why the kid was crying, the mother whispered to me the explanation as we entered into an emergency brain-storming session to contain the crisis because if the news were to spread at the Party, the guy ran the big risk of being the “talk of Kenya-Stockholm” (if you know what I mean yeah!).
“And did you hear what happened at the birthday Party of Nani’s kid?”, so it begins. Nani ali-arrive without a present halafu, mtoi ndiyo huyo…”. The Kenya-Stockholm professionals normally break-down the story in bits, leaving you hooked.
The Question is: Should people carry birthday presents when they are invited to birthday parties or should the practice be left at the level of individual discretion? What I know is that there are few birthday hosts who will criticize a gate crasher who tucks some quid in an envelope “in solidarity”.
If they were to pass comments in the situation, I know Wakenya and they will, most likely, say that even though he/she was not invited, alitoa kitu. He/she “is better than nani who was invited aka kuja mkono mtupu”. They might even add that the invited guest came empty handed even though “yeye huringa sana”.
To try and explain why the guest did not carry a present, they might say that these days, “amefirisika”. Some Kenyans might even turn philosophic eti mpanda ngazi hushuka and in some cases, they might conclude that ameisha kabisa! Just because you arrived without a present. To carry or not to carry, always remember that the consequences are lurking in the shadows, at least, in Kenya-Stockholm as we know it.
Some times back, I wrote about Masumbuko, a Kenyan national who has sought asylum in Sweden after fleeing from post election violence in Kenya. He is a daily consumer of KSB propaganda and although he would like to get in contact with Kenyans and introduce himself, he is afraid because he has been told that Kenyans in Stockholm ni wanyama and can spoil his case at the Immigration causing him to be deported to Kenya.
Although he was at the Nyama choma that was organized by the Sound of Blackness at Fittja Beach on July 26th, he told KSB that he would like to keep a low profile for now although he also accepted to be feeding KSB “with propaganda” he comes across in the process of his struggles za mapepe. He admits that he has met a few Kenyans although recently, he had to go underground because a Kenyan male got angry after he suspected that he (Masumbuko) was getting too close to the Kenyan’s girlfriend who is Swedish.
Now, Masumbuko says that he has himself fixed a Swedish girlfriend after many trials. “It was like a manner from heaven because it’s her who first smiled at me before I made the move”, he told KSB happily. His major problem though is that he is not sure how to behave when in the girl’s company and he fears that if he makes a mistake, he may be dumped, forcing him to start from scratch.
The thing is, Birgitta, the Swedish lassie, is Masumbuko’s first contact with a white girl and Masumbuko admits that each and every date is like a big test. For example, Masumbuko is just learning to kiss a white girl in public, an activity that he says, has become so important for the girl.
He has also learnt to keep time, to hold hands almost on a constant basis when they are together and to say “I love you” at every opportunity. In fact, he admitted that he is almost replacing the girl’s name with the word “sweet heart” because “that is what is rocking at the moment”. He had to find out what the word “puss puss” means exactly because the girl had been slipping it in her parting shots after every phone contact.
Another problem is that since they met about two weeks ago, Masumbuko has been overwhelmed by the number of contacts the girl has been taking in terms of phone calls, SMS and email. He told KSB that although the girl is working very hard to impress her, he is working overtime to try and understand her and that the mix has produced “some excitement”.
Now, the relationship is going so well that the girl is planning to introduce Masumbuko to her friends and later he is slated to meet the girl’s parents as they get to know each other even better. The problem is that Masumbuko has not told the girl that he is a refugee in Sweden.
When asked why, he said that he has been unable to further his romantic agenda with almost every Swedish girl who has come an inch to giving him attention with his refugee profile. “As soon as I give my status as a refugee, they have always slipped through my fingers and I wasn’t going to take chances with further refugee talk”, he said.
POLISHING HIS DRESSING STYLE
Instead, he told the girl that he is a student, studying Economics at Stockholm University. He added that he is on a 2 year government scholarship, having been sponsored by the Kenyan government.
To add more sugar to the tale, he said that he had studied Sociology in the United States before he moved back to Kenya to take up a job that involved a lot of travelling to other countries.
When he first mentioned that he comes from Kenya, a question that came up is whether he could run. He then got the opportunity to explain the difference between Kenyan runners on TV and Kenyans like himself.
Masumbuko comes from a “certain community” and he had to go all the way, clarifying that Kenya is not a den of wild runners but a mixture of different ethnic groups and how Kales are the most talented when it comes to athletics in Kenya. He told KSB that he really enjoyed this bit of explanation because it gave him the opportunity to talk about something that appeared to catch the girl’s attention.
Since he met Birgitta, he has been trying to polish his dressing style although he has no money to go for expensive stuff because he has no job while his tiny refugee allowance cannot allow him to live a normal life of a youth on adventure. He has had to cancel at least one date because he didn’t have the money to spend and this also worries him.
The girl proposed a dinner after which they were to watch a movie before taking it easy at a discotheque all night long. When he did the mathematics, he discovered that he may run bankrupt if he accepted the date because his budget is tight. He doesn’t want to expose his financial difficulties at an early stage of the relationship.
For now, Masumbuko says that things are delicate although he hopes that the relationship will work out on a long term because he says he has been very lonely since he came to Sweden. In Nairobi where he grew up, he had plenty of girls to choose from but when he came to Sweden, the Swedish girls were not in a rush to go for him as he had expected since he believes that he is not bad looking besides his youthfulness.
He is happy that there is a Kenyan friend who has been giving him very good advice on how to go about his ways in Sweden although at times, he found the Kenyan a bit paranoid and ignored some of his pieces of advice. He is still looking for a job and has appealed to any Kenyan with good connections to help.
He once got a job in Märsta involving door to door distribution of adverts (reklam) but left because the volume of work he was doing was far too bigger that the 800 kr he was earning monthly so he decided to quit. Although he is well educated and sounds very urbane, he says that he doesn’t mind taking up junk jobs because at this point in time, he basic agenda is to try and “survive”. He will be happy for any job offers from a good Samaritan.
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When I laid dowm my “AK47″ following fire at Ambassador Purity, I was at the point where she
had abolished the new culture of an “all night Jamhuri bash” her predecessor, Ambassador Mukiri Kinyanjui, had introduced in Kenya-Stockholm. At first, Kinyanjui was demonized by a cross section of Kenyans because he was a “KANU Ambassador”, having been appointed by Moi. But later, Kinyanjui’s “smooth operator” streak placated fire-breathing opponents who had called for his recall on grounds that the Narc government needed a “Narc Ambassador” at the all strategic Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm.
Just like Barack Obama, history was on Kimyanjui’s side because a dictator had just been routed from power through a popular political wave and when Kinyanjui arrived in Stockholm to take over from Ambassador Michael Sergon who had beenrelocated to Israel, the general mood in Kenya-Stockholm was dominated by a feeling that “Kinyanjui be given a chance” so that Kenyans here could follow his performance because although he was appointed by Moi, he was serving under a new government that had came to power under new circumstances.
What Kinyanjui did is that he assumed a simple mien that tended to sooth opponents while at the same time, he became too open with Kenyans who were used to Ambassadors who sat more on the ivory tower than acculturate with a critical mass of Kenyans more accustomed to a distant Embassy than an invitative-taking Ambassador.
Combined with the advantage of Narc having come to power thereby melting the anti-Kinyanjui mood whose breath was being drawn from his perceived KANU background, Kinyanjui began to use his position to meet certain basic expectations of Kenyans even in situations which appeared beyond his control.
The “selective invitations” to Jamhuri was a challenge but he beat it up by opening the show to every Kenyan. He then proceeded to introduce the “all-night” Jamhuri bashes and to ensure that he didn’t get caught up in the mess that often comes with Kenyans when they have been taking one too many, he sent his foot soldiers to represent him. For Kenyans, his absence at Jamhuri bashes was compensated by the free vinywaji he provided, something Kenyans were not used to.
At times, he appeared at Kenyan parties at Norsborg and mingled before he left, just on time before walevi could pop up with silly questions. When there was a special Kenyan event, he made sure he appeared. This was the case with the Clay wedding and the Mbugua wedding. He followed into Sergon’s foot-steps who attended the Mberi wedding, the first public wedding in Kenya-Stockholm which opened the way to other weddings – kudos to the Mberis!
Kinyanjui is the kind of dude you could invite at your house because he was very approachable. When the so called Kenyan dignitaries came to Stockholm during those occasions when they wasted tax payer’s money, Kinyanjui would make sure that he tipped the Kenya-Stockholm radicals led by Mr. Martin Ngatia “GG” kusomea the madosis kama umbwa. One of those critical moments when Minister Katuku alikua akisomewa was captured on video and later posted at Youtube – thanks to Kinyanjui. In fact, you could meet Kinyanjui at the gates of System (liquor store) and he would proceed to invite you at his place if you had time.
When Chelimo and company came to Stockholm about two months after Narc came to power, Kinyanjui sent a message to Kenyans through the SMS Network to come to his residence and meet them. Then, Mirugi Kariuki and company came to Stockholm and they were pushed into a corner by Kinyanjui who exposed them to Wakenya. I don’t have to mention the East African delegation whom we met at Scandic Hotel to challenge them about the validity of privatizing Kenyan Railways. Years later, Kenyans who challenged them have been vindicated because the privatization venture has failed! (see KSB Youtube videos)
THE REAL PURITY
When a group of Kenyans formed a Committee and requested to meet Kinyanjui at the Embassy to discuss logistics for Jamhuri, they got more than they had bargained for. Kinyanjui ushered them into his inner office (leave alone the board room) where he usally met dignitaries. There is a special chair in that office which is difficult to miss – the chair of the mdosi. Interestingly, Kinyanjui invited a member of the Committee to sit on the chair and you could have been there to giggle on the surprise that covered his face. If you want to get the details of what happened, ask Moses Trubadur who was also at the meeting. I am not holding brief for Kinyanjui here. The point is that the catastrophic failure of Purity Muhindi in her dealings with Kenyans is that she didn’t get it from the word go.
The problem with Purity is that she thought that since she is the Ambassador, Kenyans should automatically respect and adore her like the Queen of Wakenya In Stocky. This is not the way things work in Stockholm. There is the adage that “no one pays my bills and I exists without you so?”, who is Purity?
In Kenya, people fall for positions because they are broke or because they are expecting favours aka kitu kidogo – not in Stockholm. Kenyans could be cleaning wazee, hotels, MacD or washing plates, doing reklam or what they need to do to survive but at the end of the day, they drive their Benzes, BMWs, Pajeros and go on holiday in Italy, Bulgeria, Bahamas and so fourth so they don’t need Purity economically speaking.
In fact, when they go to Kenya, they are treated like Kings and Queens because they land when they are loaded with cash. Only a stupid Kenya-Stockholmer will go down there and begin to talk to relatives and other parasites that he/she is broke. I am not encouraging this behavior though. They save for that trip to Kenya and when they return to Stocky, you need to be there to listen to the latest situation back home. The problem is that Kenyans at home also expect to be treated when you have just arrived from chambele so how on earth do you land without kwachas? Who needs Purity and her maringo when every one works out their own ways and means regardless of what Purity is doing at the Embassy?
There is no question that Purity knows how to dress. She has the typical dream figure of millions of Swedish women and at 48, she obviously looks younger than her age – congrants. If you don’t know her, you can be seduced by her jolly smiles, elaborate postures and a stunning ability to listen. When she greets you at those two hour Jamhuri runs, you can be misled when she holds your hand for some time as she smiles at you with her head slightly tilted towards the left. I know her because as a writer, I am also very observant.
Purity definitely knows how to carry herself in public and for a new comer, it could be difficult to understand why this crook of a person called Okoth Osewe keeps attacking her at his stupid blog and at every opportunity. Catch me if you can but Purity deserves no mercy. The truth is that behind the facade of innocent smiles, listening postures, tilted necks and see no evil displays is a ruthless and cunning personality which only Embassy staff members can narrate.
How else do you place the decision by Purity to kidnap an ailing Embassy staff member (Cheruyiot) she has worked with to be deported to Kenya together with his family? When I visited Cheruiyot in hospital after the botched kidnap attempt, I was moved because Cheruiyot was a dying man. His property had been packed in a container and what remained was to kidnap him from hospital with elaborate arrangements having been made including a woman doctor having been flown all the way from Kenya to facilitate the kidnap operation after doctors said that they could not release the patient if he wouldn’t be accompanied by a doctor to Kenya.
Of cause, one could be tempted to think that I am just exaggerating the situation because I am propagandistic. But. How do you view the case of Njenga who was sacked by Purity, denied his salary, forced to take coffee breaks in a garage and, worst of all, forced to carry his own shit in a jwala because he was unfit to shit in Purity’s toilet, the same toilet he used to download his waste products when Kinyanjui (who hired him) was in charge? That is the real Purity, in sharp contrast to the Purity smiling at Jamhuri. Is there any Kenyan who will shade tears if Purity is recalled? If you ask me, I would say bye bye Purity and sing “God be with you until we meet again”. Purity “Sunset-Blues” to be continued.
Published on 14/08/2008
By Ayub Savula
The Government will recall more than 100 employees in a shake up affecting all the 50 missions abroad, The Standard has established. The move will affect junior, middle-level and some senior staff in reforms that Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula and Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi say are aimed at cost cutting.
At the senior level, those affected are accountants and Government executive officers posted to all foreign missions. On Wednesday, the PS told The Standard that the Government would save Sh15 million a year from each of the junior staff recalled home and Sh20 million for the middle level officers. “This cost includes housing, utility bills, medical cover and school fees for their children, among other things,” said Mwangi.
Also to be recalled are education attachÈs, who control foreign scholarships in the missions.
Mwangi said many of the staff would be redeployed to other ministries and those who had reached retirement age would retire.
The move comes two months after Nominated MP Mohammed Affey of ODM-Kenya asked the Foreign Affairs minister in Parliament why salaries of ambassadors and High Commissioners were not increased when the Government rewarded PSs.
However, Mr Wetangula said his ministry declined to increase diplomats’ salaries and allowances because pay raise proposals were skewed.
Wetangula said embassies would have lean staff to cut down on foreign missions’ budget.
The PS said all accountants would be recalled and the ministry plans to carry out the function from Nairobi.
The junior staff affected includes drivers, cooks and security warders.
“There is no need of drivers from Kenya serving in embassies because it is an expensive exercise,” added Mwangi.
He said in some cases, some diplomats had moved their relatives to foreign missions and employed them as cooks or drivers.
Mwangi said this was costly to the Government.
He said major reforms had been carried out in the ministry in the past two years to boost efficiency and cut down the cost of expenditure in foreign missions.
The changes are also part of Government plans to restructure the missions.
“We want staff in the missions who can perform multi-functions which include economic, foreign policy and political affairs,” he added.
Mwangi also said a new yardstick had been designed in the ministry to ensure quality performance in foreign missions.
The new Foreign Service Institute will also help shape up the ministry staff to enhance effective co-ordination of foreign policy.
Mwangi said the Government had also stopped paying school fees for children of middle level staff in the missions.
“Some missions used to misuse money on leisure activities, which include horse riding, and even paid money to study piloting,” said Mwangi.
But in the reforms, the ministry has also opened new embassies in Africa and other countries and acquired some assets.
“We now have a beautiful chancery in Dar-es-Salaam. We have also achieved much in Brazil and Islamabad,” said the PS
“How can we have one senior or two senior staff in one mission having an accountant posted from Kenya. This is wastage of resources ” he said.
However, the PS noted that some of the staff to be recalled had decided to remain in foreign countries but hired on local terms. He said this is cheaper because they don’t have to be housed.
Mwangi said recalled employees would be absorbed locally or retired voluntary.
It did not take long. Haya. A Kenyan lost a sister and called a harambee. If we go by the rules, this should have been a genuine case where nobody was supposed to say anything. What happened after more than 10,000 kr was raised?
Maneno came out that the Kenyan’s sister never actually died but that the Kenyan had simply tricked Kenyans in order to raise funds to go for holiday in Kenya. The only “evidence” that was produced was talk that the Kenyan had travelled with his girlfriend to Kenya after the harambee to enjoy life.
For some Kenyans who never go to sleep, they could not overstand how the Kenyan could have travelled to Kenya with his fiancée because since he was faced with a funeral, he could have used any extra money to fund the funeral instead of buying an extra ticket and travelling together. To make matters even worse, some Kenyans claimed that it is true that the Kenyan’s sister died but that it was a long time ago and that the Kenyan “rewinded the death” because he had an agenda. Holy smoke!
THE CASE OF A PLASMA TV “BOUGHT WITH HARAMBEE MONEY”
That was after another Kenyan organized a harambee to raise funds for a children’s home. A disco was organized and the thing was well attended. In fact, it was one of the best moments of solidarity with music, culture and fun. But after people dispersed, the propagandists went to work and when they came back with their package, they claimed that cash that was raised was never sent to Kenya.
Interestingly, they knew what the Kenyan had done with the money – bought a plasma TV. The argument was that the Kenyan never came back in public to tell them exactly the amount that had been raised while they also claimed that the Kenyan went silent on the children’s home immediately after the harambee. Another “piece of evidence” was that the Kenyan bought a Plasma TV soon after the harambee. They expected updates about the number of kids who had been sent to school, fed, clothed etc but that instead, spies reported that the Kenyan had entered into the League of “Kenya Plasma” addicts.
Recently, a Kenyan lost a sister and called an “Open House”. As usual, this was another “genuine harambee” and one should not have expected any shit talk but guess what? People came and changad about 8,000 kr but after they left the place, there was a “short period of observation” when nobody said anything then things suddenly exploded.
Stories emerged that the Kenyan had “eaten the money” because she never made any trip home to bury her sister. What was the big argument in this case? That a sister had passed away, Wakenya came and changed 8 thao and she never went home despite the fact that the money was enough for a ticket.
If she didn’t have enough money to spend once she arrived, critics even theorized on what she could have done – told home people that she used all the money she had to buy a ticket and that she had no extra money to spend on anything because her main agenda was to attend her sister’s funeral. “Home people should have accepted this kind of argument”, said a critic who called KSB.
Obviously, the next logical explanation is that this Kenyan may have sent the little amount that was raised to Kenya to help with funeral expenses but if you ask critics, they want proof. Do you mind what someone does with money once you accept to contribute or do you contribute then leave the person to deal with his/her conscience regarding the money raised? The message here is that once Wakenya wamechanga because a brother or sister has died and the amount is enough for a ticket, you have travel upende usipende.
The brother of another Kenyan who lives in Uppsala died. Some Kenyans traveled all the way to contribute. What I don’t know is how some Kenyans in Stockholm knew that the Kenyan never travelled home because Uppsala is far. Stories were soon in the air that the Kenyan haku safari and that he was seen buying bottles of whisky at the System (liquor store) at about the time people changaad. You then begin to hear stories like “Wakenya wanagongwa…”. I have to go now.
GOING UNDERGROUND INSTEAD OF TRAVELLING FOR FUNERAL
On another note, I rarely hear negative talk about a bereaved Kenyan who calls an “Open House” then travels for the funeral. It looks like the only way to be on the safe side is to call an Open House then make sure you travel to Kenya otherwise watakusema. When a Kenyan lost his mom, he called an Open House in Skågos then travelled home. I have never heard anything. That was after another Kenyan lost a brother and called Wananchi at Lidingo. He travelled to Kenya immediately and I have never heard anything.
A Kenyan who lost his father and failed to travel had his own problems when he was seen buying a chicken at a store at about the same time he was supposed to have been mourning with relatives in Kenya. Whoever saw him soon got busy on the phone and when people tried to call him, he refused to answer the phone, probably because he was “officially” supposed to be in Kenya.
According to this piece of gossip, the Kenyan had planned to go underground for two weeks then surface but the problem is that he never stocked the fridge and never calculated that someone who heard him say that he was paying for a ticket the following day would be privy to information that he was seen buying chicken at a local store. This appeared to have been a genuine case because he said he was travelling and people raised enough money for a ticket.
We have heard about the “Outreach Ministry”, the “Ministry of the Wings of Love” and now, welcome to the “Ministry of the Legs of Gossip” in Kenya-Stockholm. The committee will soon organize a symposium to discuss “The General Trends in Kenya–Stockholm Gossip” and the Guest of Honour will be the Minister of Gossip and Rumour Collection Professor Sambaza Maneno. Keep tuned.
I am not so good in writing and I think I should start doing more practice. The points you raise about Petersson are very good because as Kenyans in Sweden, we don’t have to accept every situation uncritically even when our Constitution is being violated.
I am one of those Kenyans who think that the Embassy could do more to play a role whenever a Kenyan has problems which the Embassy can address. If you commit a crime in this country, there is little the Embassy can do especially if the Swedes have evidence. But at least, the Embassy can show interest in the case by attending the trial and helping legally. If you go to prison, it’s up to you.
On the Petersson case, I don’t think he ceased being a Kenyan because of Swedish citizenship. Once a Kenyan, always a Kenyan. But I think that the law should be followed and if by law he cannot be deported to Kenya because he is stateless, he should stay in Sweden as a stateless person.
I don’t understand why some people are saying that the Embassy has nothing to do with this thing. May be the Swedes don’t know that he is no longer a Kenyan and it is the Embassy to tell them and to explain that it is not possible to use the Kenyan Passport. What is the big problem with telling them this? The Swedes are now more likely to listen to the Embassy than the Kenyan on this issue and if the Swedes follow the law as some people say, then they should also follow the Kenyan law and leave the Kenyan alone.
I am just wondering if he arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport then he says he is stateless. What will happen if the Swedes have his Kenyan Passport? This is where I think the Embassy could help. He was Swedish, the Kenyan law says he is stateless while the Swedes think he is still Kenyan. This is where the problem is. I don’t see why it is difficult for the Embassy to educate the Swedes about the Kenyan Constitution especially if the Embassy knows that the passport the Swedes want to use is not valid.
I think the Ambassador is not the person to go for. The real person is the one who takes care of immigration issues and I think it’s some woman who came here recently. She needs to tell the Swedes about what the Kenyan Constitution says in the Petersson case. I think this is the way to go.
Osewe, thank you for bringing these issues up because I could not have known about this case. I open KSB every day to see what’s up and it gives me a good break. Excuse me for my ignorance but I did not know that my son who was fathered in Sweden is Kenyan. I have been to all the Kenyan blogs managed by Kenyans in Stockholm and I still think that KSB is the blog to watch. It brings the issues then others begin to discuss them. Keep up the good work although take it easy with the Ambassador. She is just a woman who is trying to do her things.
Thanks for your compliments. Good article although we take issue with your comment that the Ambassador “is just a woman”. It sounds sexist in this age of gender parity, equality debates and gender sensitivity at different levels. The Liberian President is the first woman president in Africa and we think this is good and positive. Purity may have her own weaknesses but she need not be undermined on the basis of gender. It reeks of gender bias.
“Conspiracy Theory” between Kenya Embassy and Swedish Authorities To Deport The Kenyan Open Up Amid Tomb-Like Silence By Top Embassy Cats About The Case
The situation of a Kenyan who has been facing deportation to Kenya after his Swedish citizenship was stripped by authorities here continue to oscillate between deportation to Kenya and dumping in Tanzania under new and mysterious circumstances.
Because the campaign to stop his deportation has entered a critical stage, the Kenyan has decided to go public with his plight and identity because he now believes that circumstances surrounding his deportation may be a conspiracy between the Swedish authorities and unscrupulous officials at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm.
Mr. Petersson Murimi Kinyua, the Kenyan, cannot understand why the Swedish police is offering him money so that he can accept to be deported from Sweden. When the deportation first ran into problems on Thursday 19th June, the Swedish police offered him 6,200kr if he could accept to be deported without resistance but when the plan failed after the legal aspects of the problem were brought before the Swedish authorities by concerned groups, the Swedes changed strategy.
They understood the difficulties of deporting the Kenyan back home because of his citizenship status and instead increased the amount he could be given so that he could be deported to Tanzania from where he was advised that he could cross over to Kenya but he refused.
Several things do not add up. Why does the Swedish government want to dump Mr. Petersson in Tanzania after failing to deport him to Kenya and even prepared to bribe him so that he can remain calm during deportation? Why is he not being charged before a court of law so that the crimes he may have committed can be scrutinized? Why has he been stripped of his Swedish citizenship in such a hurry and what criminal offences is he facing?
While answers to these questions are still not forthcoming, another issue is why the Kenyan Embassy has been unable to intervene on his behalf. According to Tonny Nilsson and Stefan Tilling, two police officers who are constantly in touch with the Kenyan and who are in charge of the case, the Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia H.E Mrs Purity Muhindi needs to contact them and explain why Mr. Petersson cannot be deported to Kenya and that such a contact would have a big impact on the case because it would officialize the fact that Mr. Petersson will not be accepted by the Kenyan government if he is deported to Kenya. KSB has phone numbers of both policemen.
The question which arises then is why the Embassy is foot dragging on making contacts with the police officers even after they have been informed about what they need to do by several interested persons and groups including the Kenyan himself and KSB. Mr. Daniel Kottut, the First secretary whom I spoke to about the matter, is either away from his phone or selects the phones to receive at the Embassy. The Kenyan Ambassador has been nonchalant while her Deputy, Jenifer Vivian Awuor has equally been out of reach.
INEXPLICABLE SILENCE BY KENYA EMBASSY
The conspiracy element between the Swedish authorities and the Kenyan Embassy comes about because the Swedes have, in their custody, a valid Kenyan Passport belonging to the Kenyan when the Kenyan Constitution dictates that Mr. Petersson should have lost his Kenyan citizenship (and his Kenyan Passport) when he took up Swedish citizenship.
The question is why the Embassy has refused to take contact with the Swedish authorities to enquire about the validity of the Passport with a view to annulling it because it is currently illegal for Kenyan citizens to hold two citizenships because the colonial style Constitution has not be changed.
If the Kenyan had the Passport before he became a Swedish citizen, then the matter is very simple. The Kenyan Constitution dictates that the Kenyan government should have cancelled the Passport making it invalid for travel. As we write, the Swedes have no other legal travel document to use in deporting the Kenyan apart from the Passport.
Once the Passport has been cancelled by the Kenyans (who could do it through the Immigration attaché at the Embassy in collaboration with the Kenyan government), the deportation of this Kenyan will be permanently blocked as circumstances surrounding the case are investigated. The question is: Why has the Embassy failed to do its duty with one key official even avoiding answering certain phone calls related to the case?
Last Thursday, the Embassy claimed that the Mission had written a letter to the Swedish authorities but that a copy of the letter could not be availed to Mr. Petersson because the Ambassador was away in Germany. What kind of communication transpired between the Embassy and the Swedes? There is fear that the Embassy’s inability to act on the case may be based on a communication that may have seen the Embassy give a go ahead for the Kenyan to be deported to Kenya.
When talking to KSB last week, Kottut insisted that the Embassy was “dealing with the matter” but when questioned on what the Embassy was actually doing, he ran out of answers and his voice started shivering on the phone before he went underground. Now, KSB cannot reach him and the receptionist has been left with the task of dodging phone calls on behalf of Kottut and company. Why?
An emerging theory is that the Embassy may have reached an agreement with the Swedish authorities on the Kenyan’s deportation before the matter came into the open and now, the Mission does not know what to do in the face of pressure. Unless the Embassy emerges from its “spider hole” to explain its position, suspicions and speculation (which may be right or wrong) will continue. If the Swedish authorities can approach the Kenyan with bribes so that he can help in his own deportation, could they have compromised the Embassy in some way? The Embassy is known to be corrupt and anything could have happened. What does our dear Lady Ambassador have to say, assuming that she is back from Germany?
As the Kenyan was facing deportation, Daniel Kottut, the First Secretary, was reading old Newspapers at the Embassy, Jenifer Awuor, the “Assistant Ambassador”, was drinking Ketepa tea while Her Excellency, Purity Muhindi, was “On tour in Germany” on Tax payer’s money.
A combination of pressure and personal resistance by the Kenyan worked to compel the Swedish authorities into stopping the deportation. The case touched on fundamental legal issues related to family re-union, issues which could not just be brushed aside if there was a serious attempt to alert the Swedish authorities about the major implications involved in the situation.
The Kenyan is a father of a 10 year old Swedish girl but when the decision to deport him was taken by the Swedish authorities, they ignored a legal provision in Swedish law that guarantees access by children to their parents as long as these parents are alive.
In the case of the Kenyan, the Swedish authorities were in the process of taking out a father of a young Swedish girl who had nothing to do with whatever wrongs the father had done. Growing without access to a living father within reach is deemed serious in Sweden and there is a Kenyan national who had to be transported to Sweden through the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi after he made a Swedish girl pregnant when the Swede was on holiday, sun bathing.
To underline the seriousness of the situation and using intelligence that was provided by the girl, the Kenyan was tracked down by the Swedish Embassy in Massai land, questioned about the Swedish lassie he had been kissing and made aware that he was a father because the Swede, who later spread her legs out for him under a powerful lust of “tasting a Masaai” actually got ballooned and produced a bouncing baby thereby converting the Kenyan into a father of a Swedish national.
The action that took place next is that the Kenyan’s travel documents were acquired and put in order, a ticket purchased by the Swedish government and the Kenyan put on a flight to Sweden, not just to join his girlfriend but also to begin taking his responsibility as a father of a Swedish citizen.
From this example, one can now imagine how the same government could support the idea of a father being taken away from Sweden simply because a silent decision had been taken by the Swedish authorities who believed that they would get away with the deportation.
The situation could have been different if the Kenyan has a history of mistreating the child or posing a danger to the security of the child because then, his fatherhood becomes a sense of insecurity rather than a guarantee of security. (Picture above: Daniel Kotut: “Reading old newspapers at the office“)
VIOLATIONS BY SWEDISH AUTHORITIES
There are fathers who are classified as people who can never take responsibility for their kids because of mental or other problems. If these parents are to be denied access to their children, then the State has the onus of demonstrating to the court that this is the situation. In the case of the Kenyan, the decision
was reportedly influenced by the police who acted when the Kenyan’s lawyer was on holiday. Consequently, the 21 day period of appeal elapsed without an appeal being lodged because the Kenyan’s lawyer was away. This anomaly raised the problem of lack of legal representation in the case during the period the lawyer was away while it raises suspicion as to why the Swedes decided to take such a serious decision when the reality was that the Kenyan’s lawyer was unavailable.
While trying to deport this Kenyan back home, another dilemma which could return to haunt the Swedish authorities is the question of who takes responsibility for the consequences of deporting the father of a Swedish national to Kenya. The Kenyan may have been a repeated offender. But this does not give the authorities the certificate to make hurried decisions to deport him for good. His citizenship had already been taken away and there is no big problem here because this is legal under Swedish law especially under specific circumstances.
Once the Kenyan sounded the alarm, what he needed was pressure on the Swedish authorities who also needed to be reminded that they were breaking International law together with UN conventions which guarantee the right to family re-union. Most importantly, the decision was a violation of European conventions which Sweden is a signatory to.
The Swedes must have known and understood the loop-holes in the case and this must have been the reason why they had wanted some communication from the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm to the effect that the government of Kenya might not be in a position to accept the Kenyan without problems. Although they were contacted on several occasions to intervene, our lame duck Embassy was too terrified to intervene.
The case is not yet over and the Kenyan is currently out of custody. The main battle may just have began. One perplexing gaffe of the Kenyan Embassy as the Lady Ambassador Purity Muhindi adopted a “no hands policy” towards the issue was the inability of the Mission to act even on the most basic aspect of the case that involves interpretation of the Kenyan law vis á vis the Swedish Law.
According to the current Kenyan Constitution, any Kenyan who takes up another citizenship automatically loses his/her Kenyan citizenship. This means that the Kenyan in question ceased being a Kenyan citizen the day he was handed over his Passport as a Swedish citizen.
What follows is that once the Swedes stripped the Kenyan of his Swedish citizenship, the Kenyan automatically became stateless because he was neither a Swedish citizen nor a Kenyan citizen. The Swedish authorities could not therefore deport him to Kenya because he had not re-applied for Kenyan citizenship and got accepted by the Kenyan authorities as a new citizenof the Republic. To get back his citizenship, the Kenyan needed to travel to Kenya and live there for five years and then apply for citizenship. (Picture above: Jenifer Awuor “Drinking Ketepa tea instead of defending Kenyans”)
THE ROLE KENYA EMBASSY COULD HAVE PLAYED
What the Kenyan Embassy could have done with the Swedish authorities was simply to state that under Kenyan Constitution, the Kenyan government could, under no circumstance, allow the Kenyan to enter the country because he was a stateless person, given that his Swedish citizenship had been taken away while he was no longer considered a Kenyan after he became a Swede. According to International law, stateless persons can live in Kenya but only if they have a UN or other passport indicating their status. The Kenyan had no such status.
Instead of using the above argument to avert the deportation of the Kenyan, top Embassy officials like Daniel Kotut, First secretary, simply sat in his office reading old newspapers, Jenifer Awuor, the Principal Counselor aka Deputy Ambassador, was reportedly busy drinking Ketepa tea while Her Excellency Plenipotentiary Purity Muhindi aka “The Queen of Kenya Embassies”, was reportedly on a tour far away in Germany ON Tax payer’s money when she was supposed to be in the office defending Wakenya.
As the matter got hot with KSB on the neck of Embassy staff and calling on the Embassy to account, Kotut moved away from his phone to relieve stress because he did not know what to do. In a moment of panic that KSB was looking for a scandal, all calls were restricted to the Receptionist who was strictly advised to “take a message” on all calls touching on the Kenyan.
In the meantime, the Kenyan was facing deportation and the Swedes had with them a legal Kenyan Passport that they intended to use in the deportation of a person whom they had just rendered Stateless as per Kenyan Law.
In fact, the Swedes were in the middle of committing a serious criminal offence under Kenyan law for where did they get a legal Kenyan Passport attached to a Swedish citizen who had just lost his Swedish citizenship thereby becoming stateless? (Picture above: Ambassador Purity, “On tour in Germany on Tax Payer’s money”)
THE GOOD NEWS AND THE WAY FORWARD
The Swedish police appear not to have known the position of the Kenyan constitution in relation to the Kenyan after he was stripped of his citizenship and when they were told that the deportation would be a big scandal in the Kenyan media, they too began to develop cold feet, saying that they will have to check that out. The plan began to crumble as the prospect of deportation began to look bleak. The Kenyan is now out of custody.
KSB has intelligence that the Swedish police did not intend to travel with the Kenyan all the way to Kenya. They intended to return soon after transit in Holland because they pictured the huge basket of problems awaiting in Kenya. According to the Kenyan, the Swedes even tried to bribe him with 6000kr so that he wouldn’t become problematic on the way. But once the key issues were brought to the attention of the authorities and the Kenyan convinced to resist every effort to take him to the Aircraft, the whole operation collapsed.
Holding the Kenyan in custody to await a second attempt to deport him became untenable because within the framework of the Kenyan law, he is currently stateless and what he needs to do to fix the Swedes after his citizenship was taken away is to apply for asylum as a Stateless person. The case will still need some in-put because it is not yet over.
The good news is that the Kenyan may not be going anywhere. KSB is part of the “Strategy committee” and our agenda is to use everything within our means to ensure that the Kenyan stays. The Kenyan Embassy is under an obligation to cooperate and we will report every failure of the Embassy to do so.
Goodday, During our meeting and discussions on saturday at Linda’s place, while the article on Clay’s blog was brought up by you and Tonny Odera I dont remember authorizing anyone to retaliate on my behalf!
I request that you dont publish stuff about me (and with both my names) unless consent is given. There was a joke attatched to Clay’s article unlike yours that is purely confrontational and for your info….as much as I was surprised by the article and the subsequent calls and messages, I did buy into the joke. If at all he was ill-meaning in anyway with his article, let ME be the one to deal with it. I have my own back and dont need you or any other blogger to ‘defend’ my position. If I see the need and deem it necessary I CAN PERSONALLY confront Clay!!!!!
If you may, take down the article, u have a choice though to keep it up, whatever makes your day.
KSB has been behind with lots of stories because of a new Project staff members are working on. A source at the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm has informed KSB that the Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia Her Excellency Mrs Purity Muhindi is currently “enjoying a period of tranquility” due to “lack of attacks” at Kenyan blogs.
KSB has been negotiating the acquisition of new missiles that will soon be fired at the Embassy. As far as KSB is concerned, Purity remains a failure at the diplomatic level and her appointment as Kenyan Ambassador to Scandinavia was the biggest disaster to have happened to Kenyans in Stockholm in the last two decades.
Can Purity come up with a list of achievement she can boast of since she took over Office about two years ago? The holiday season at the Embassy will soon be over. The Ambassador has been warned!