Three Suspected Kenyans Deported Without Kenyan Travelling Documents

Deported although she had a Swedish hubby in Stockholm

Deported although she had a Swedish hubby in Stockholm. She is now suffering in Kenya.

Three refugees whose nationalities were unknown have been successfully deported to Kenya after Swedish immigration authorities corrupted both the Kenyan immigration officials and security officers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

The refugees, two girls and one man were deported to Kenya because according to the Swedish authorities, they are Kenyans. The deportees were not Kenyan passport holders while they had no identification documents that could prove that they were Kenyan nationals. Upon arrival at JKIA, they were handed over to Kenyan security personnel who assured the Swedish immigration officials that they would “take care” of the three deportees.

When they were deported from Sweden, the Swedish authorities rebuffed the Kenyan Embassy in Stockholm which sought to verify the identities of the deportees before they could be deported to Kenya. The Kenyan Embassy tried to intervene after a Kenyan businesswoman in Stockholm alerted the Kenyan Embassy that some three refugees were about to be deported to Kenya although there was no proof that they were Kenyan nationals.

When an Embassy official contacted a woman immigration police who was handling the case, she refused to involve the Kenyan Embassy in the case, arguing that she had instructions from her boss not to deal with the Kenyan Embassy.

According to the Swedish law, the Kenyan Embassy had a right to establish the identities of the deportees if the Swedes claimed that they were Kenyans. Since the deportees did not have any identification documents, a source at the Swedish immigration department told KSB that in such cases, the standard practice is to ignore the Embassies because involving them would effectively hamper the deportation process. “This is currently the practice regardless of what the law says because we have to get people who have no right to stay in Sweden out of the country”, the official told KSB. The official added that in cases where they ignored the Embassies, they were always sure that the refugees originated from countries where they were being deported.

deportee

Deported

When the three deportees arrived in Kenya, they were handed over to an immigration official called Mr. Kairo who assured the Swedish deportation police that he would take care of the three Kenyans. Once they arrived at the airport, one of the deportees communicated to a contact in Sweden and said that the Swedish police who accompanied them during deportation handed over 1000 Euros and a pack of chocolates to Kairo before they were ushered into a room and told to go home since Sweden did not want them.

The three refugees were deported on separate days and during the final arrival at JKIA, Mr. Kairo was not on duty but he had alerted a colleague called Mr. Mwangi to take care of the deportees once they arrived at JKIA. After they landed, the Swedish police who accompanied them handed an unspecified amount of cash to Mr. Mwangi who then “took care” of the deportees.

One of the woman deportees tried to protest her deportation to Kenya, arguing that she was not only a non-Kenyan but also had a Swedish husband who could be contacted to verify her identity but her protests fell on deaf ears. All of them were arrested at their place of work and they had no time to produce identification documents to prove that they were not Kenyans. They were also deported without their belongings.

KSB obtained Kairo’s telephone number and when he was contacted, he denied being bribed to accept the deportees to Kenya. He said that in certain circumstances, the Kenyan immigration usually accepts deportees without identification documents if they can speak “Kenyan Swahili” or if they have “Kenyan features”. When asked the kind of features they look for before being convinced that a deportee is a Kenyan, he answered in Kiswahili that “I know a Kenyan when I see one” (nina jua mkenya nikimoana hivi). The four Swedish police who accompanied the deportees told one of them that they would be returning to Sweden in two weeks time after spending some time at Amboseli and Mombasa.

The deportation of the three Kenyans raises serious questions about violation of Swedish and International law by Swedish immigration officials. Since the Kenyan Embassy tried to intervene in the case, the Mission should have been given due attention but it was simply ignored. Secondly, the practice of bribing Kenyan immigration officials to accept undocumented deportees is unacceptable, immoral and, most importantly, illegal. Thirdly, deporting refugees to any country without establishing their identities is a violation of the Geneva Convention which was adopted by its signatories to protect the rights of refugees. The case has shocked many Kenyans in Sweden because it shows that Sweden no longer respects International law.

Okoth Osewe

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  • Tsvangirai blunders
  • no one is illegal

    No one is illegal – for a world without borders

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    The No One is Illegal Network (Ingen människa är illegal in Swedish) works to provide practical support to peolpe who are forced to live undocumented after having had their applicatsions for asylum refused. We demand permanent right of residence for all people who have arrived in Sweden and wish to remain. We believe in a world without borders, a world where no one is illegal.

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  • Majok Mang'anglei
  • Majok Mang'anglei

    Muteng’erol muteng’erel ahashem suddan al suddan>

  • He’s the other politician with a white mother and a black Kenyan father

    PRI’s The World

    Reporter Kavita Pillay

    December 31, 2013 · 4:15 PM EST

    As an adult, he takes a transformative trip to Kenya, where he gets to know his father’s family. Fast forward a few years when he enters national politics during a landmark election.

    Sound familiar?

    “When I told my story, people always said, ‘Ah, Mr. Obama!'” says Jani Toivola, Finland’s first black Member of Parliament.

    Except Toivola’s story might actually be more implausible.

    Until he was in his mid-30’s, the entrepreneur, actor and dancer was a celebrity in this country of 5.5 million. He’s been the host of Idols, Finland’s version of American Idol, a contestant on Finland’s version of Dancing With the Stars, and he’s been a spokesman for the Finnish Tourist Board, explaining what’s cool about Finland.

    But before all that, Toivola studied acting at the same school in New York City where Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Sarah Jessica Parker honed their skills.

    “When I was 15 or 16, there was not a single black actor in Finland. … There was never really anybody saying ‘This is not for you,’ but at the same time, there was nobody in this society saying, ‘This is for you,’” he recalled.

    Until Toivola got elected in 2011, there wasn’t a single black member of Finland’s parliament. And there were very few gay ones, too. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Toivola a blazer of many different trails.

    Now he’s in a new film called Heart of a Lion. It debuted at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and it’s been a hit in theaters across Finland.

    “It’s about a young boy growing up in Finland, but having a multicultural background,” Toivola says. “In some sense, I could even sense that it’s my life story.”

    Toivola plays the father of a young boy whose white mother is now dating a Neo Nazi. In short, it’s complicated.

    “But at the same time, we laughed a lot. It’s also very much of a comedy,” Toivola says. “I think it’s also important to show that human side of these very difficult issues. The most crucial point is, if we are able to change our thinking and reach out to something new when it’s necessary, for our own well-being or for the well-being of people around us.”

    Heart of a Lion is the first Finnish feature film to address race relations. The storyline was partly inspired by the rise of the right wing, anti-immigrant political party, the True Finns. The party isn’t especially kind to people who aren’t white.

    Finland is over 95 percent white, making it one of the most homogeneous countries in Europe. Toivola says Heart of a Lion offers a glimpse of how the country is changing.

    “The film is dealing with issues that I’m also dealing with as a politician,” he says. “It’s quite obvious that we are dependent on immigration. We need, in the future, more and more people, for example, in terms of employment. The birth rate is going down, and the percentage of elderly people, it’s quite high and it’s getting bigger. So it’s one of the biggest political debates right now, how can we open the gates more?”

    Finns often compare themselves to their neighbor, Sweden. The Swedes have been dealing with immigration longer, and have generations with multicultural backgrounds. Toivola and Heart of a Lion director Dome Karukoski note that Finns love to gripe about everything being better in Sweden. But Karukoski cites one exception.

    “Everything is better in Sweden,” Karukoski says, “but one thing that is better [in Finland is] that we have Jani Toivola.”
    http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-12-31/hes-other-politician-white-mother-and-black-kenyan-father

  • Majok Mang'anglei
  • May be his excellency the prime minister Raila can assist. He has international connections you know. If that doesnt work we can uproot the railway!

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