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African wealthy individuals invited to invest in the USA and obtain US Green Card

From: Yona Maro


ArKay Beverages Inc. is Inviting African Wealthy Individuals to Invest in the USA and Obtain their US Green Card

If you are a foreigner investor and eligible, ArKay will help to get your US residence for you and your family

NEW YORK, July 17, 2014/ — ArKay Beverages Inc. (, the world’s first maker of alcohol free liquors, is inviting African wealthy individuals to invest in the USA in a new concept of ArKay Non Alcoholic Bar & Lounge that will serve food and non-alcoholic cocktails during the day and transform itself in a fun place at night.

“The reason behind ArKay expansion into “the non-alcoholic bar and lounge market” is obvious,
peoples want to have fun without having to drink liquor, with ArKay the party never stops!”, said Sylvie Grattagliano, President of ArKay Beverages.

According to the company, ArKay non-alcoholic bar & lounge will be serving up an assortment of high end coffee, sandwiches, salads, and even, croissant burgers. Not to mention, over 100 non-alcoholic cocktails .

ArKay non-alcohol bar and club will be very successful because ArKay is unique concept in its kind, ArKay anticipate opening hundreds of locations in the USA and overseas where consumers are trying to get away from liquors and still want to have fun.

The typical size of an ArKay N/A Bar and Club will be 250 square meters or 2,800 square feet, the cost to build and equip the unit is approximately one million dollars and the projected ROI should be 8 % yearly.

Investing in ArKay Beverages is an excellent opportunity for foreign investors for the following reasons:

– ArKay will take care of all permits.

– ArKay will take care of finding the best location.

– ArKay will train you and your team.

– ArKay is not a franchise, there is no fee or key money required to open ArKay N/A bar.

– ArKay is the world first alcohol free liquor company.

– ArKay has no competition.

– ArKay is inviting African investors to be part of this project.

If you are a foreigner investor and eligible, ArKay will help to get your US residence for you and your family. A minimum investment of USD 1 million is required. If you are interested in opening your own ArKay N/A bar and club.

This is not an offer to buy company stock or a franchise. All ArKay Non-alcoholic bars and boutique will be independently owned.

Terms and Condition may apply and change at any time.

For more information click on this link: , and/or please contact us:

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of ArKay Beverages Inc.


Sylvie Grattagliano
ArKay Beverages Inc.
401 East Las Olas Blvd.
Suite #1400.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 – USA

Tel + 1 954 536 8413


Yona Fares Maro

Institut d’études de sécurité – SA

Africa: Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard Travels to Switzerland and Chad

From: U.S. Department of State
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 29, 2014

Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard will travel to Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, March 31, 2014 for meetings with officials from United Nations and other international humanitarian organizations. 

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Assistant Secretary Richard will travel to Ndjamena, Chad, where she will meet with Chadian government officials and representatives of both international and nongovernmental organizations. Assistant Secretary Richard will also travel to southern Chad with representatives from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to visit refugees from the Central African Republic living in camps as well as Chadians who had been living in the Central African Republic but have had to flee the violence there. 

In FY 2013, the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) obligated over $43 million for humanitarian activities in Chad.  Chad is currently host to well over 500,000 refugees, vulnerable migrants, and other populations of concern from the crises in the Central African Republic and Sudan.

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Industrial feature By Leo Odera Omolo

It is indeed encouraging that the government of Kenya welcomes and encourage both foreign and local investors wiling to invest their money in the agro – based and manufacturing sectors, therefore the time is ripe for the government to set up certain conditions which must be met by the investors willing to invest their money in this country. The time is ripe for the government to set up certain conditions and terms conducive to employment regulations and rules before their investments kick off.

As for now, the multinational Tea companies operating in Kericho and Nandi Hills regions are the ones which have set up good examples by way of making sure that senior management positions are in the hands highly skilled and semi skilled in indigenous Kenya Africans.

The British multinational tea manufacturing companies, like the uniliver (formerly Brooke Band Tea) in Kericho, and the Finlays tea and Flowers in Kericho, and the Finlays tea and Flowers, also operating in Kericho and bomet counties have engaged the highly trained local personnel . The two terms even have promoted to high and middle management positions, some of them trained on-the-jobs.

The same could be said of Eastern Province tea company which own chains of tea plantations and processing factories in Nandi Hills, Kericho and Sotik Highland and Kibabet tea companies in Sotik region of Kericho county.

In most of the above multinational tea companies nearly all the top managers, engineers, doctors, Chief Accountants, Financial Directors positions, are held by indigenous Africans with the exception of the positions involving foreigners who are specilaized on highly technical work.

These British multinational tea Multinational companies had introduced a crush training program immediately after Kenya attained political independence in 1963. They embarked in phasing out foreign expatriate managers, technician artisans. The two expatriate who stayed on their jobs were compelled to train Africans to understudy the expatriate previously employed on lucrative and plum jobs and replaced Them with the local personnel.

What is happening in the tea industry is reflecting the true picture of job creation in a country like kenya where unemployment situation has reached as alarming proportion. It has at large become the source of rising crime waves. The government policy on job creation and employment regulation in Kenya not exceptional. This is something which is happening every where on the globe.

Certain conditions must be set up for the purpose of scrutinizing rogue investors who discriminate and enslave the locals in their establishment.

In this context, I am referring to the pathetic employment conditions in the sugar mills especially where he investors use local African workers like slaves, petty casuals without approximant letters and term and conditions of services etc.

I have in mind the five sugar companies owned by Indian investors.

To be specific and more clear ,the sugar companies owned by Indians include West Kenya and Butali sugar companies which are based in kakamega county ,while Sukari industries is located in Homa – Bay County , Kibos sugar and Allied industries based in Kisumu county and the latest is the Trans – mara sugar company based in Narok County Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries is situated in Kisumu County with the latest and the newest sugar mill being the Trans-Mara sugar Company in NAROK county

In all the five sugar mills the investors have embarked in engaging foreign expatriate workers with impunity. The Investors in the sugar mills have engaged the largest number of expatriates workers to the chagrins of locals. These expatriate workers, most of them imported from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, are semi-illiterate. Expatriate workers from India. Pakistan and Bangladesh are the ones who are running petty jobs such as time-keeper, junior clerks, cane yard clerks and top jobs from the top and down to messenger and … even cooks for making Indian dishes for the top Indian top managers

The whole set up looked like the modern day apartheid racial segregation in an independent Kenya .some of the positions held by the expartriates involved simple clerical jobs which the forum four school learners cam even perform better than semi-literate expatriates.

African workers are kept in the periphery. While working only as subordinate and manual workers, but with no letter of appointment. In the case of those local comparison to what their expatriate counterparts earns, some of the mills produced negligible tons of sugar per day but have employed close to 200 expatriates compare with the Mumias ugar company which turns the highest amounts of sugar per day, is the highest in the country, at 96000 tons per day . But the mill is managed exclusively and efficiently by the local African Manager from the top to the down trodden office messengers and sweepers

Since the terms of its former contracted management of Booker Agricultural international expired two decades ago and the expatriate left the have turned the company around from the the profit losses to a vibrant facility that is a profit making it rather shameful for Kenya, a country which has been independent for 50 years and has trained and truned out thousands of highly skilled personnel, to make the dumping for illiterate and oldest Indian workers who cannot be employed even in their own country .These undesirable Indian expatriate workers have flooded our sugar sub sector of the economy.

The majority of Indian expatriate workers were told they cannot be subjected to the mandatory safety deduction such as NSSF al NHIF as are allowed to export their package back home to their families .Why should the key a government allow the kind of modern day slavery where in citizens are being subjected to discrimination on few opportunities that are available.




Media Initiative against Injustice, Violence and Corruption-MIIVOC is shocked at the death of tens of Nigerian unemployed youths who died in the course of a recruitment test organized by the Nigerian Immigration Service last weekend.

As a non-governmental organization that believes in due process, transparency, accountability and protection of human rights, we are amazed that in the 21st century, public office holders still adopt strategies that never worked even in the dark ages.

The tragedy should have been averted, if persons in positions of authority did their Job in a professional, competent and transparent manner.

Our preliminary investigations show that there are more questions than answers on why the tragedy occurred across the centers. The entire exercise was a charade and marred by deceit.

Consequently, MIIVOC has resolved to drag the Federal government of Nigeria and other concerned persons to Court if they fail to conduct a proper probe on the incident. The findings of the probe must be made public and those indicted made to face the wrath of the law.

This jamboree that took the lives of innocent young Nigerians must be probed. The lives of Nigerian youths must not waste, just like that. Our agents were in Port Harcourt, Owerri and Abuja and we saw things for ourselves.

More worrisome is the fact that these same unemployed graduates were compelled to pay a compulsory application fee by the Service, in conspiracy with its cohorts. What other scam could be worse than this? This is an obvious act of corruption and extortion that must also be investigated.

Consequently, we hereby call on the Federal government to immediately suspend from office, the country’s Minister for Interior, Abba Moro, Comptroller General of Immigration and all other public officers involved in the exercise, pending the outcome of the investigations.

Also, the Federal government should forthwith, place a perpetual ban on all forms of application levy by government Agencies, Parastatals and Ministries in Nigeria. Steps must also be taken to ‘heavily’ compensate the families of those that lost their lives in the exercise, beyond rhetoric.

We shall be left with no option, than to seek legal redress and mobilize Nigerians for mass protest against this barbaric and criminal waste of innocent lives of Nigerians, if our demands are not met within seven days.

There shall be no alternative to justice in this matter.

Walter Duru
Executive Director

South Africa’s ‘harsh’ NEW Immigration laws start 1 April 2014

From: Charles Banda

Far reaching changes have been proposed to South Africa’s immigration laws and are due to come into effect on April 1, 2014.

Jess Green, who runs Immigration South Africa, confirmed the new regulations will mostly affect foreign nationals wanting to work, study, run businesses or be with loved ones in South Africa.

Foreign national partners of South African citizens could find themselves having to move when the new five-year cohabitation requirement comes into effect. Formerly the requirement for was having been together for three-months.

“If a couple has only cohabited for three years and the foreign national’s life partner permit runs out, then they will not be able to renew it,” says Green.

“If the foreign national does not qualify for a different visa, that person will need to leave the country. The constitutionality of this requirement is highly doubted.”

South Africans living abroad with foreign national partners will also be forced to wait the five years before they can return home with their partners.

“The message to young, unmarried couples living abroad appears to be, ‘Neither you or your foreign national loved ones are welcome in South Africa. Find another country to live in together for five years, then you can return home.’” says Green.

Arguably the most significant change says Green is that all visas, including visitor’s visas, must in future be applied for in person. Raising the question, “Why is South Africa turning a blind eye to electronic means of communication and the efficiencies of the global courier network?”

Current policy allows applicants to submit via mail or courier service, said to be especially useful in Australia.

“Under the new policy, prospective visitors from Perth will need to travel the breadth of the continent, a distance roughly equivalent to Kinshasa from Cape Town, in order to apply for South African visas,” says Green.

“The overwhelming majority of instances of immigration fraud occur right here in South Africa. Anti-fraud measures could easily have been targeted at home and other high risk territories.

“Regrettably, applicants from territories such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Western Europe and Great Britain, where very few instances of immigration fraud occur, have now been placed on the altar for the sins committed elsewhere.”

The proposed changes also raise the question of how the inflow of valuable foreign skills will be affected, since the Exceptional skills visas is set to be scrapped.

Under current policy, celebrated sportsmen and women, designers, artistes, specialist medical practitioners and chartered accountants could enter the country on exceptional skills work permit permits, regardless of whether they had already secured employment or not.

Nicola Lochner, immigration manager at Immigration South Africa confirmed that an a new Critical Skills visa might be an alternative but the list of professions to be included for this category have not been detailed as yet – and some exceptional skill professions might not be considered “critical”.

Immigrant workers who overstay their visas a prescribed number of times will be banned from future entry into the country. This is expected to alleviate the frustration of immigration officials who find that immigrant workers who habitually overstay simply settle their fines and return at a later date.

Stricter requirements set out in respect of children who travel without their biological parents are also being put in place. In future, adults travelling with children will need to produce affidavits from parents proving permission for the children to travel.

The public has until Friday 28, 2014, to comment on the proposed changes to the Immigration Act 13 of 2002, which would also be the first major change to South Africa’s immigration policy since 2004.

African migrants strike in Israel

From: Nizar Visram

Thousands of African migrants strike in Israel

Abayomi Azikiwe

Tens of thousands of African migrants suspended a general strike Jan. 13 that had been in effect since January 5 in the Zionist state of Israel. The strike is scheduled to resume on Jan. 15 in the aftermath of the death of Ariel Sharon.

A list of demands put forward by the African community — most of whom come from Eritrea and South Sudan — calls for the nullification of the recently enacted Anti-Infiltrator Law, a halt to arresting people under that law, the release of those currently jailed and a review of asylum requests for Eritreans and Sudanese. The strike impacted the hotel, restaurant, café and cleaning services sectors of the Israeli economy.

Some 60,000 migrants from Eritrea and South Sudan have entered Israel since 2006. Over the last two years, a new detention facility has been constructed to hold migrants on the border with the Egyptian Sinai.

The migrants are forced to flee ongoing conflicts in Central and East Africa and the subsequent economic devastation they have created. These conflicts are a direct result of Western imperialist interference in the internal affairs of post-colonial African states.

The Workers’ Hotline organization has received numerous complaints from African migrant workers of terminations and other threats from employers. “A group of workers came to our offices, and we also got phone calls from workers in Eilat who were told not to come back, and that their strike was seen as quitting without notice,” said Noah Kaufman, who works as a coordinator for refugees and asylum seekers at the agency. (Haaretz, Jan. 13)

Kaufman went on to say, “There were two accounts of workers given ultimatums — either agree to change their employment conditions for the worse, or quit without getting severance pay or notice.”

The agency says it is developing a legal strategy for addressing the ultimatums and firings.

A staff attorney for the Hotline, Michael Tadjer, stated: “Employers cannot exploit the asylum seekers’ suffering to worsen their terms of employment. They are using this as a means to threaten their workers. In essence, they’re saying, ‘We can fire you, so either you quit or we take away your seniority, worsen your conditions,’ or lots of other things. Employers are using this for exploitation.” (Haaretz, Jan. 13)

Tadjer went on to note: “The legal question is how much the strike was protected. Although they are unorganized workers, there is an umbrella organization that declared this strike, and there have been precedents in Europe in which sectors of the population went on strike in protest against the government, when policy directly harmed individuals. This strike is a political strike, and it might be that it is supported by law, but it hasn’t come up for legal review. We think that firing workers after a week-long strike against a law that harms the most basic thing — their freedom and ability to work — is an act committed in bad faith.”

Strike galvanizes migrants to demand asylum

The political actions of the African community in Israel have created a sense of urgency. On Jan. 12, long lines gathered outside the immigration offices in Tel Aviv in order to fill out forms requesting asylum.

One migrant told Haaretz, “I had an appointment, and the first security guard passed me through. The second one said, ‘You’re leading all of the protests and strikes, you were interviewed on Channel 2, I’ll show you.’ He tore up the slip, and said, ‘Go home,’ and began to scream at me.”

Political attacks on the African migrant community have been growing for the last two years. From low level politicians to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Africans have been labeled as “infiltrators” and “criminals.”

There have been anti-migrant demonstrations by Israeli settlers through neighborhoods where African migrants live and own businesses. Africans have been beaten and their stores trashed.

In response to these racist provocations the African migrant community is becoming more outspoken and militant. The general strike and the subsequent mass demonstrations are a reflection of a heightened consciousness and organizational sophistication.

David Grossman, a writer who has been labeled as a member of the Israeli left-wing, told the mass demonstration in Jerusalem that the state’s treatment of the migrants was shameful.

“I look at you now. … I feel embarrassed and ashamed. Israel has not created this problem, but there is a problem now (and) we have to struggle with it and to solve it in the most humane way.”

Continuation of settler policy against Palestinian and Arab people

Nonetheless, Israel is inherently a settler-colonial state, born in alliance with world imperialism through the suppression, oppression, forced removals and mass killings of the Indigenous Palestinian Arab population. Palestinians still live as colonial subjects in their national homeland and are subjected to constant detentions, dislocation, racist discrimination, military occupation, and repeated attacks by the army and air force.

Palestinians who have been forced from their homeland are denied the inherent right of return. In the Gaza region of the country, 1.5 million people live in what has been described as the largest open-air prison in the world.

Israel also occupies the Golan Heights in Syria, where an imperialist-backed war of regime-change has resulted in the deaths of at least 100,000 people over the last three years. The Israeli Air Force has carried out several bombing incursions against Syria in just the last year.

Other Israeli air strikes have been carried out against the Republic of Sudan, a staunch supporter of the Palestinian national liberation struggle, which maintains a close fraternal relationship with Iran. Israel is backed up by the U.S. government through billions of dollars in direct aid, diplomatic support and military assistance.

Developments in Israel involving the escalating repression against African migrants should be seriously taken up by the African Union and other mass organizations on the continent. Israel was one of the main advocates and supporters of the partition of South Sudan from Khartoum, leading up to its realization in 2011.

Tanzanian Woman Tried To Get Passport by Identity Theft

From: Abdalah Hamis

Tonight, 55 year-old Teena Isaac, a citizen of the East African country of Tanzania, is at the Belize Central Prison after she stole the identity of a Belizean woman and used it to try to apply for a Belizean passport.

The passport document would have been the last document she needed to get to fully assume the identity of Carmen Cantun. She already had a birth certificate from the Vital Statistics Unit, complete with all the information belonging to Carmen Cantun. It says that she was born in San Narciso Village in the Corozal District in July of 1966 and that she is supposedly the daughter of Cebastiana Cantun, who resides in San Narciso Village. This birth certificate indicates that it was issued on December 30, 2013.

She also has a social security card which looks authentic, with her picture in the location instead of the real Carmen Cantun. The work of the forgery is impressive; you wouldn’t be able to tell that it’s fake document if a public official didn’t tell you that it was. The social security card was issued 2 Fridays ago on January 3, 2014, and it expires on January 2, 2024.

So, when she went into the Belize City Passport office at the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building yesterday, everything seemed to be in order. She filled out all the application forms, and she produced the 2 prerequisite recommendations from the guarantors, under the new passport regulations. She paid the application fees, and her processing almost went through flawlessly, but the immigration officer got concerned when she was speaking to this woman claiming to be Carmen Cantun. She was being unusually quiet, and when she was asked certain questions, she didn’t respond.

The problem is that she didn’t understand the language that the officer was speaking in. Because the officer looked at her credentials and saw that she was supposedly from San Narciso, Corozal, she made an educated guess and addressed her in Spanish the entire time. She was simply exchanging pleasantries with the woman to get her to relax during the routine interview process. Because Isaac, pretending to be Carmen Cantun, didn’t answer, the immigration officer asked her to step into another room, and that’s when the officers started to press her for answers.

Under questioning, Isaac revealed that she understood English perfectly, but the officers picked up her heavy African accent. She also revealed that she was a Tanzanian national, that she had been in Belize illegally for over a year and a half, since July 22, 2012, and that she violated the visitor’s permit, which granted her a month’s stay in the country.

The officers continued to press her, and they eventually got a hold of her battered Tanzanian passport, which revealed her identity as Teena Iron Isaac, and that’s when the officers charged her with 4 different immigration offenses. She was charged with one count of using a document she wasn’t entitled to use for the social security card, another count for the birth certificate, a third count of falsifying an official document for the forgeries she made to the passport form, and failing to comply with a visitor’s permit.

She was arraigned before Magistrate Dale Cayetano this afternoon, where she pleaded guilty to all the charges. She broke down asking for leniency, admitting to all the forgeries she had perpetuated.

Magistrate Dale Cayetano sentenced her to pay fines to a total of $4,000 forthwith, which she wasn’t able to pay. She will now have the serve the default sentence of 1 year in prison. It is expected that the Immigration Department will apply for a removal order, and she will be deported back to her home country as soon as she serves the time, or pays the fine in the slight grace period most illegal immigrants are given.
Immigration authorities have just started to investigate the case, so they are not sure if the real Carmen Cantun is still alive, or if she has passed away. They do believe that for this level of forgery, Teena Isaac must have had inside help from the Social Security Board and/or the Vital Statistics Unit. The persons who signed for her as her guarantors are also facing investigation. One of them forged on the passport application form that he knew Isaac for 5 years, which is not possible because, as we told you, she was only in the country for 1 and a half years. Under new passport laws such offenses carry stiff penalties.

The dark side of migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup

From: Yona Maro

Qatar’s population is increasing by 20 people every hour. most of those arriving in the country are low-income construction workers from Asia. These migrant workers have been recruited to help build massive projects worth up to US$220 billion, as part of Qatar’s drive to create a regional and global hub. Many of these projects will contribute, directly or indirectly, to the staging of the 2022 World cup. This Amnesty International report looks at how a permissive legal framework in Qatar allows unscrupulous employers to exploit and abuse migrant workers.


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Canada to cut off Rejected Refugee Claimants off Welfare

From: Maurice Oduor

Welfare is an financial allowance given to Canadian residents who have no jobs or deemed to be unemployable i.e. people mentally sick, very old or with no job and looking. It really just pays rent and buys food and not much else.

Right now, anyone who arrives here and claims a refugee status qualifies for Welfare until such a time that he/she gets a job or is removed from Canada for a failed application. One can apply and be rejected but as long as the appeal process is still on, one still collects Welfare. The government wants to cut off Welfare for those who have been rejected even if they are still appealing. That’s a problem because such a person is no longer allowed to work. Such a person can easily turn to crime to make ends meet.

Let’s read the story:

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Harper government slammed for cutting welfare to failed refugee claimants still in Canada

By Andy Radia | Canada Politics – 23 hours ago

A pro-refugee rally in June 2013The Harper government is being slammed, once again, for its treatment of Canada’s refugees.

The Toronto Star is reporting that Ottawa is actively lobbying provincial authorities to cut refugees off welfare “as soon as the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued an ‘enforceable removal order’ against them.”

According to the provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services, there were 1,390 social assistance recipients terminated in Ontario between April 2004 and March 2013 with “unsuccessful refugee claimant” as the primary reason. By comparison, 502 recipients were cut off for the same reason in the first eight months of this year.

On the surface, it makes sense. If you’re not legally allowed to be in Canada, you shouldn’t be entitled to taxpayer funded benefits — right?

But critics argue that some of these refugee claimants — who are refused benefits — are still in Canada in the middle of appeal or other administrative procedures (ie: humanitarian applications or requesting of travel documents) and deserve due process.

In other words, they say, social assistance should only be cut when all appeal processes are exhausted and the refugee is physically removed from the country.

“The problem is that often the story for failed refugees does not end at the point of refusal. There are appeals and other applications under the law that are available to them. Some times, these applications and appeals are successful in the end,” Toronto-based immigration attorney Michael Niren told Yahoo Canada News.

“So, imagine a case where a refugee claimant was initially refused but then won on appeal. Does that mean that during the appeal process, the refugee should not be entitled to benefits? That seems very inconsistent because such claimants get social assistant pending their claims in the first place.”

Over the past couple of years, the Harper government has been criticized for its hard-line on ‘un-invited’ refugees.

They’ve placed restrictions on claimants from countries unlikely to produce legitimate refugees and, last year, restricted claimants’ health benefits leaving some refugees with only ‘urgent health care’ and others with care only if they have a disease that would be a risk to the public.

The government justified the changes citing reports that some applicants — primarily from Hungary and Mexico — come to Canada solely for the purpose of “exploiting” social assistance and health benefits.

Then-Immigration minister Jason Kenney offered up some statistics, saying that between Jan. 17 and Dec. 31, 2011, a total of 8,819 Mexicans racked up nearly $7 million in health care costs under the Interim Federal Health Program. To add insult to injury, 5,068 refugee applications from Mexico were either rejected, withdrawn or abandoned in 2011.

But Niren, suggests that a lot of the government’s decisions on refugee policy has been based on populist politics rather than on a sense of fairness and due process.

“Once again, the government is seeing this strictly as an enforcement issue which is politically appealing to voters,” he said.

And you have to imagine that policies like this are appealing to the vast majority of Canadians.

According to the Star, social assistance to all refugee claimants in Ontario cost taxpayers about $232 million.

Nationally, in 2011, there were 16,122 rejected claims.

Paying welfare benefits to those 16,122 people, who are deemed to be “unsuccessful refugee claimants” is not going to be palatable for most taxpayers.

For some, it will be a case of due process be damned.

(Photo courtesy of the Canadian Press)


Writes Leo Odera Omolo

REPORTS emerging from the Arusha based secretariat of the EAST African Community says that top Ugandan traders operating inside the Republic of South Sudan have moved to the East African Court of Justice and filed a legal suit asking the court to block the impending admission of that country into the East African Community as its sixth member.

The newest African nation had applied to join the regional trading unit. Its application for the entry into the Eac is expected to be top on agenda for the next summit of the EAC Heads of state and government, which is scheduled for April next year.

The businessmen have cited bad governance, lack of democracy, arbitrary and illegal arrests of its members and detention, rape, maiming and confiscation of merchant goods belonging to its members and confiscation of vehicles.

The legal suit is filed by members of the Uganda Traders Association comprising mainly Ugandans who are doing business in South Sudan. The Ugandans claimed that that country does not meet the criteria and lad down the rules stipulating by the EAC Treaty for admission of its membership. Their objection is on the ground that the juba regime does not met the prerequisite condition and requirements for admission into the EAC membership.

South Sudan government, they claimed has failed the test of good governance, democracy, the rule of law, observance of human rights and social justice. They further accused the Juba regime of failing to satisfy foreign investors operating businesses and trade in that country. Their members are allegedly being killed, maimed, raped and brutally beaten up by that country’s primitive and untrained security personnel. They laid claim of approximately 4.9 US dollars owed to them by South Sudan authorities related to unpaid bill on credit line and compensation for financial losses incurred due to the said violation of universally acceptable trade deals.

However, the Ugandan Minister in-charge of the East African Community Affairs Shem Rugena blamed the traders for having rushed to court, saying that they should have forwarded their claims to the EAC Council of Ministers before fling the court cases.

Meanwhile Kenyans arriving home from South Sudan alleged that close to ten Kenyans have died in that country under very mysterious circumstances. Some of them have disappeared without trace suspected of either held in illegal detention camps of killed.

Kenyans, they claimed, expect bare faced mass deportation and are being asked to finance the cost of their deportation. This is sometime exaggerated by the police, put at Kshs 200,200. Whereas the cost of travelling from Juba to the Kenya South Sudan border posts does not exceed Kshs 30,000 . Those under arrests or placed in police custody are tortured and at the same time being asked to pay colossal amounts of money to buy their freedom.



From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

One of the News Dispatch readers writes: “Father Beste what is your take, why is Uhuru administration demonstrating extreme disrespect to Raila Odinga yet he is among few courageous leaders who fought for the reform of this beloved country of our, Kenya”? There is also rumors going on that FBI has revealed the cause of fire at the JKIA have you had it?

Asante ya punda ni mateke (gratitude of a donkey is a kick) so the Swahili saying goes. Frustrating reformists is not only a Kenyan problem. Indeed it is a global problem. This is because political systems in most countries, especially developing worlds have no room for reformists.

Your concern is also a concern of Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and former president Daniel arap Moi. Both are not happy with the way Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has demonstrated extreme disrespect to Raila Odinga.

Moi’s reaction according to media reports is about the Francis Kimemia’s circulars that barred Odinga from using the VIP Lounges at Kenya’s airports. This has dented Uhuru’s image among his peers, including his ardent supporters- Presidents Museveni and Moi.

This came about when President Museveni held a meeting with President Uhuru when he visited Uganda recently. It was at this meeting according to the report that Museveni sought to know what exactly was happening in Kenya, specifically media reports of Raila queuing at the airport’s general public entrance for clearance before boarding.

Museveni was shocked that the man whose name whenever mentioned reminds him of his pan African ambition was treated like a junior government employee by just a mere secretary to the cabinets in the name of Kimemia.

Museveni- who is said to have been incensed with what he called nonsense and childishness, asked Uhuru why Raila could not be allowed to use VIP lounge, retain government vehicles and enjoy police security like Kibaki and Moi.

It was at this point that Museveni gave an “order” that Raila should be allowed to keep the cars, maximum police protection to all his homes and properties and an all access to VIP sections of the airport.

Moi and Museveni were also not happy with recent remarks by the former Government Spokesperson Muthui Kariuki who has been redeployed within the Civil Service. His position has been merged with that of Manoah Esipisu as the Communications Secretary and State House spokesman.

Although Uhuru claimed that he abolished the office of government spokesman because the Office of Public Communication Secretary and Government Spokesman do not fit within the new structure of his administration, this office was disbanded shortly Moi paid a courtesy visit to Uhuru at State House.

The unit is headed by Mr Esipisu who will now be entirely responsible for communicating government activities, ensuring clarity and consistency, unlike Mr Muthui who came under intense scrutiny in the past month over his statements on Raila, which at times have been contradicted by Cabinet Secretaries.

He was used by some Cabinet Secretaries, some of whom have been in political arena with Raila and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka to ruthlessly humiliate Raila and Kalonzo in public for holding on to government vehicles.

The same secretaries used Mr Muthui also to accuse Mr Odinga of planning the heckling of government officials during the funeral service of students who died in a road accident in Kisii on their way to the district sports competition.

Mr Muthui took over the office from Dr Alfred Mutua who helped set up the unit after the Narc government came into power in 2002. Dr Mutua who is now the Machakos County governor is now a close ally to Raila and Kalonzo

Earlier on before Muthui made a remark Senate Majority Leader, Kithure Kindiki called on Raila to stop creating his own laws and challenged him to seek advice from the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, if he has any problem with his security.

He noted that the Jubilee Government will not allow Raila Odinga to drive on the wrong side of the traffic with a fake siren, saying he risks being arrested for flouting the traffic rules because he is endangering other road users. These were the exact words said by Muthui later on.

Concerning FBI leaked report, yes, the Kenya Today on its opinion column said that the fire at JKIA was caused by infighting among the drug dealers. With the rise into power of Jubilee, there has been a realignment of the drug dealing fraternity. Click here to read the article-

It says that the deportation of Chinedu and numerous other Nigerian drug dealers is believed to have been orchestrated by drug dealers, some of them who occupy top government positions in the Jubilee government. Some of them, flamboyant ones are Governors, while others are Senators and MPs.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.

-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

Kimemia Must Step Down for the Sake of Peace and Unity in Kenya

From: Judy Miriga
From: Judy Miriga


This is fooling people. The Immigration Officer had no powers of stopping Chief Justistice from travelling unless order were issued from the police side requiring Chief Justice to get clearance from Kimemia. For this I agree with CORD that Kimemia MUST RESIGN.

He has ilicitly and unconstitutionally taken powers of Transitioning which does not belong to him. The buck stops with Kimemia if Kenya has to remain peaceful. All good people must demand that Kimemia step down for the sake of Peace and Unity in Kenya.

In the absence of the Political system being head of the Government, Chief Justice is Supreme. It is the law. In otherwords, Chief Justice is superior to Kimemia and therefore Kimemia faulted in messing with Chief Justice Mutunga. We demand for urgent clarity and thorough investigations in this matter.

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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Cord wants Kimemia to resign
By Geoffrey Mosoku

NAIROBI, KENYA: CORD leaders Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka have demanded the resignation of Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia whom they accuse of partisan politics.

The two leaders claimed Kimemia has been using the provincial administration to campaign for their rivals.

“He has become a party activist. If someone wants to participate in politics he should quit,” said Raila.

Kalonzo alleged that they have information that Kimemia has been using chiefs to woo voters for Jubilee in hunger stricken areas through distribution of relief food.

The two leaders were addressing the press at Wilson Airport before flying to Marakwet and Kitui to campaign ahead of the March 4 elections.

The leaders were reacting to a statement by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga who said that he was threatened over the integrity case against Jubilee leaders Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto.

Raila and Kalonzo alleged that the move to threat the CJ were part o a wider scheme to compromise the elections .

On Tuesday, Kimemia denied allegations that he favoured any political party and warned that any civil servant found engaging in partisan politics would be sacked.

Immigration officer in CJ airport saga interdicted
By Cyrus Ombati

NAIROBI, KENYA: An immigration officer who temporarily blocked Chief Justice Willy Mutunga from boarding a plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while demanding that he gets clearance from the Office of the President has been interdicted.

The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) made the announcement after meeting on Tuesday.

The committee chaired by Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia also appointed a team to lead investigations into threats made to the CJ.

The committee members are Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko and Attorney General Githu Muigai and they will present their findings on Monday.

The officer had barred the CJ from travelling to Dar-es-Salaam until he gets clearance from the Head of Public Service, Mr Francis Kimemia.

“The government highly regrets that the CJ was subjected to such kind of treatment and undertakes to urgently investigate the matter. In the meantime, the officer involved in the incident has been interdicted to pave way for the investigations,” said part of a statement by NSAC sent to newsrooms.

The statement added a circular issued on those who should seek clearance from the Office of the President did not include the CJ, Judiciary and the National Assembly.

It added that there is a protocol officer at the airport is there to ensure all VIPs travel with ease and are accorded appropriate protocols.

The meeting was held to deliberate on Dr Mutunga’s assertions that his life is in danger and he had been harassed at the airport.

Kimemia summoned the meeting on Wednesday after also being criticized of harassing the CJ by requiring that he and other judicial officers be cleared by his office.

The CJ has complained of receiving death threats and being harassed by immigration officers at the Airport.

Apart from Kimemia, National Intelligence Service Director General Michael Gichangi, internal security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, his Foreign Affairs counterpart Thuita Mwangi and Kimaiyo with his deputies Grace Kaindi and Samuel Arachi sit on the committee.

Attorney General Githu Muigai and Chief of Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi also attended the meeting.

Top security organ meets over threats to CJ

By Cyrus Ombati

Nairobi, Kenya: The National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) is set to meet in Nairobi Thursday to discuss threats to the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and judicial officers.

The NSAC that is chaired by head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia will meet at the Office of the President to discuss the issue.

Kimemia summoned the meeting on Wednesday after he was also being criticised of allegedly harassing the CJ when he was nearly stopped from travelling outside the country by immigration officers.

The CJ has complained of receiving death threats and being harassed by immigration officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Apart from Kimemia, National Intelligence Service Director General Michael Gichangi, internal security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo, his Foreign Affairs counterpart Thuita Mwangi and Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo sit on the committee.

It is not clear if NSAC will issue a statement later after their meeting. They have not issued a statement in the past meetings.

Already, the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko has directed Kimaiyo to investigate threats against the Chief Justice and judicial officers.

Tobiko said he had received a letter from Mutunga written by a group claiming to be Mungiki Veterans Group/Kenya Sovereignty Defence Squad in which the CJ and other judges are warned or dire consequences over their work

The threats to the judges were issued before the ruling on an integrity suit against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee running mate William Ruto.

“The threats contained in the aforesaid letter amount to incitement to violence and a serious interference with and subversion of the administration of justice,” said Tobiko.

“Due to the nature, gravity and implication of this matter, this is to direct you to cause a thorough and speedy investigation to be carried out with a view to apprehending and bringing to justice the perpetrators of these crimes,” added the DPP.

He said he had appointed a team of prosecution counsel in his office to provide legal guidance and advice in the course of the investigation.

“Upon completion of the investigation, the report and findings thereon should be submitted to me for appropriate directions,” said Tobiko.

Kimaiyo said earlier he has confidence in the security seconded to the CJ and other members of the judiciary.

Mama Ngina Kenyatta in court battle over land


Former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta wants a case challenging her ownership of two prime plots in Nakuru Central Business District dismissed by the High Court in Nakuru.

Mama Ngina filed an application seeking to dismiss the case brought by a Nakuru businessman Dr Isack Kirubi on grounds that it did not disclose the cause of action against her.

She also said Dr Kirubi in his own evidence did not at any time exclusively own the properties subject to the court case. Mama Ngina added that it would be a violation of her rights for the case to proceed to full hearing without the petitioner justifying the reason for suing her.


Kirubi had filed a constitutional petition in 2010 alleging infringement of his rights to own property after claiming the prime plot was forcibly taken by Government in 1974. He contended that the then Commissioner of Lands James Aloysius O’Loughlin in May 7, 1974, conspired with the late Jomo Kenyatta to forcibly take the land.

Kirubi wants the High Court to declare the acquisition null and void and the land reverted to him.

In sworn affidavits before Justice Anyara Emukule, Kirubi said he was at all times the registered allotee of the disputed land in Nakuru.

He adds that actions by Mama Ngina in collusion with the Commissioner of Lands were in breach and violation of his rights to protection from deprivation of property as provided by the Constitution. Kirubi also availed documents showing a loan he obtained with the intention of using the money in developing the disputed parcels of land. He claims he was paid the compensation by Government in 1974 through his bank accounts.

Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2012

From: Yona Maro

Human trafficking is a crime that ruthlessly exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex. This global crime generates billions of dollars in profits for the traffickers. The International Labour Organization estimates that 20.9 million people are victims of forced labour globally. This estimate also includes victims of human trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation. While it is not known how many of these victims were trafficked, the estimate implies that currently, there are millions of trafficking in persons victims in the world. Human trafficking requires a forceful response founded on the assistance and protection for victims, rigorous enforcement by the criminal justice system, a sound migration policy and firm regulation of the labour markets

Jobs in Africa –
nafasi mpya za Kazi
Habari na Picha


From: Ouko joachim omolo
From: Ouko joachim omolo
The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste in images

Pope Benedict’s general intention for this month of December is that migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities.

His missionary intention is that Christ, light for all humanity. That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church.

The prayer has been offered at the time half the British population thinks immigration ‘is bad for the economy’. In 2002 only 43 per cent of the population thought migrants harmed the economy.

Now the figure is above half, at 52 per cent, with nearly two thirds of lower paid and lesser skilled people deploring the economic impact of migration. More than half, 51 per cent, want immigration reduced by a lot, and, in total, three quarters want to see immigration cuts.

Just few months ago a female Haitian migrant drowned during an illegal landing attempt. Three men were also taken to hospital for excessive dehydration, according to officials. According to reports, 50 migrants were apprehended on the shore, 15 in the South Beach Pool area, and another 10 on land. There were 50 men, 18 women, three boys, and four girls.

As IRIN reports (20 September 2012) several hundred thousand Burmese migrant workers in Thailand could face deportation if they fail to register under the government’s National Verification Programme (NVP) before a 14 December deadline. NVP – conceived in 2008 – was intended to give registered and verified migrant workers protection under Thai labour laws.

According to the Labour Ministry, there are over 1.3 million legal workers from neighbouring countries currently working in Thailand – 82 percent from Myanmar, 9.5 percent from Cambodia and 8.4 percent from Laos.

The latest registration deadline, extended from June this year, comes as Myanmar is proposing to offer ID cards to unregistered and undocumented workers who wish to return home.

The prayer has also been offered when we commemorate the day a Maryknoll sister, Sr Maura Clarke, M.M. together with other three missionaries were killed on December 2, 1980 in El Salvador on line of duty.

She worked with the poor and refuges in Central America from 1959 until her death in 1980. She was beaten, raped, and murdered, along with fellow missionaries, Ita Ford, M.M, Jean Donovan and Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U, in El Salvador, by members of a military death squad. In their deaths, Sister Maura Clarke and the three other Catholic missionaries joined the more-than 75,000 people who were killed in that nation’s civil war.

Today is also World Aids Day. In a special appeal against HIV and Aids, Pope Benedict XVI has called for special attention to those unable to afford life-saving drugs, especially pregnant and nursing women affected by the disease.

The pope, speaking before World Aids Day Dec. 1, said his thoughts and prayers were with “the great number of children who contract the virus every year from their own mothers, despite the fact there are therapies for preventing it.”

Aids he says has caused “millions of deaths and tragic human suffering, most markedly in poorer regions of the world, which have great difficulty in getting access to effective drugs. The pope encouraged the many initiatives the church supports aimed at “eradicating this scourge.”

The Vatican has estimated Catholic agencies provide about 25 percent of all HIV treatment and care throughout the world. The World Health Organization has estimated that perhaps as much as 70 percent of all health care in Africa is provided by faith-based organizations.

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Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ UN Disarmament Conference, 2002

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Special Investigative Report By Leo Odera Omolo.

As many as close to 250 expatriate workers from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh could be illegally engaged on full time jobs inside several su on work permits which are suspected t have been issued irregularly for sugar mills in Western Kenya.

Impeccable multiple sources have told this writer that a source of recruitment of these unqualified foreign workers is a Hindu Temple located n the lakeside City of Kisumu. And that for these foreigners to access cheap jobs in Kenya, they are being made to allegedly part with colossal amount of money in bribery and kick-backs, which is paid out through an unnamed Hindu Priest who is allegedly acting as a conduit.

Transactions take place in highly secret hideouts, mostly inside hotel rooms at one of the city’s posh hotels or inside the temple.

Al this happens while hundreds of artisans of better qualified Kenyans are jobless. Kenya has trained hundreds of thousands of artisans and technicians ever since independence 48 years ago, and it is therefore shameless of the country to recruit and engaged this same illiterate Indians and Pakistanis.

The natural and common rule is that the county could only source and engage an expatriate worker in a specific case where there is no qualified Kenyan to fill the gap.

But what is happening in the sugar industry is a big same to the Kenyan nation. These unqualified foreign workers are being recruited through established agencies in India, Pakstan and Bangladesh.

Do we Kenyans need them really? The answer is a Big No. We have trained the sufficient number of highly skilled personnel who are better qualified to handle these jobs.

A common saying is that the “Sugar industry is a milking cow” and it is true to those who coined those words, the specification of jobs in which these foreigners are engaged could as well be competently and efficiently performed by local Form Four school leavers.

The practicalists said to be so common in the sugar mills owned by Asian investors. The management of these sugar mills are said to be working in cohort with some unscrupulous and nepatistic highly placed government officials and politicians, mainly in the Ministry of Immigration and Registration of Persons, which is charged with the sole responsibility of issuing work permits to foreigners in whatever categories

Truly speaking Kenya is not short of qualified welders, and fitters nor is the country experiencing acute shortage of artisans and office clerks?

Is the Kenya government applying double standard by telling the ordinary Kenyans that it was committed to creating hundreds of jobs for the youths annually, and on one hand issuing the work permits to people who do not deserve it?

The scam Is said to have spilled into our neighboring courtiers of Uganda and Tanzania. Indians, Pakisanis and Bangladeshis allegedly recruited in Kisumu are said to have flooded the jobs market inside Uganda sugar mills at Kanyira, Lugazi and Kakira and to an extent Kagera Sugar Works in South Western Tanzania.

One may be left to wonder why has the government has succumbed to pressure from the investors and allow them to import their unqualified kiths and kins from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh while our better qualified sons and daughters have remained permanently unemployed while the unemployment situation has been skyrocketing.

If the management sources these foreign workers to serve as experts in machinery installations in the factories, they should be ordered to leave the country as soon as their missions are accomplished.

The Sugar mills in Western Kenya where the imported unqualified expatriates are alleged to have infiltrated include West Kenya Suga Company, Butalii Sugar Company, Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries Limited, Sukari Industries in Ndhiwa in Homa By County. The fifth is the newly and recently established Trans-MaraSugar Company wihin Trans-Mara within the Nrok County where the company has engaged close to 28 expatriaes, and the figure could be s much higher than those mentioned above.

It defeats all the logic that Mumias Sugar Company in Mumias which is producing the largest quantity of brown sugar per day with close to 7,000 bags of made sugar per day is managed and manned by local Kenyans.

Bu that local Kenyans workers employed in the Asian owned sugar mills are just working as casual for peanuts and no letters of appointment ad from the top to office messengers and sweepers. Why should our government allow Asian owned sugar mills which are not even producing half of what Mumias is producing should be allowed to fill all the jobs in their establishment with foreign workers.?.

The other aspect of this shameful double standard policy by the Kenya government is that local Kenans workers employed in the Asian owned sugar mills which are not even producing half of hat Mumias Sugar is producing should be allowed to fill all the jobs in their establishment with foreign works.

The other aspect of this shameful double standard policy by the Kenya government is that local Kenyans workers employed in the Asian owned sugar mills are jus working as casuals and no letters of appointment with no workmen and health protection schemes.

Between Francis Atwoli ,the COTU {Kenya} Secretary General who doubles as the General Secretary of the Kenya Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union and the Immigration and Registrations Minister Gerald Otieno Kajwang’ who is sleeping on the job? I think the two senior Kenyans owed an explanation to the public over the issue o foreign workers.

Reached for his comments the Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantaon Workers Francis Wagara disagreed with this writer and categorically denied that Atwoli seemed to have been compromised.

Wagaa, however, declined to use more question why African workers in the sugar industry were being enslaved in modern Kenya and being discriminated the row motherland where they are paid only peanuts for the jobs done equal what he Asian were dong.

In the Sugar Mills the highest paid African workers ear between Kshs 12,000 and Kshs 20,000 but most of those working in the categories of clerks, store me ae within the Kshs 7,000 and Kshs 8,000 brackets. But most of them without letter of appointment specifying conditions and terms of services.

In one sugar mill, which close to Kisumu City even a cook who is making meals earn between Kshs 12,000 and Kshs 20,000 but most of those working in the categories of clerks, store men are within kshs 7,000 and Kshs 8,000 brackets.

In the same sugar mill which is close to Kisumu City a cook who is making meals for the expatriate India woekers is himself an expatriate blowing over Kshs 40,000. Surely is there a room for experienced cooks?

What has gone wrong with our outspoken parliamentarians? Has the John Mututho Parliametary Seet Committee on Agriculture visited some of these sugar mills and inquired about employment system?

Why has Dr Bonny Khalwale buried his head in the sand and yet some of those things happens within his home turf of Kakamega County?

The majority of MPs, especially those representing constituencies close o the sugar cane growing zones in both Nyanza and Western appeared o have been compromised and are aid to e the regular visitors ad callers to the dwelling houses of the very notorious Asian owners of sugar mills who are known to exploit fellow African workers to the maximum and as such can articulate anything like issues to do with the African workers plight. What is this? Is it not a total let down on the part of MPs.

Some of the MPs including cabinet Ministers have been seen quite often being picked up by sleek fuel guzzling four wheel drive cars owned by the same Asian tycoon a the Kisumu airport and being driven to unknown destination, perhaps while in search of handouts.



Special Report By Bob Ndira-Uradi In Kisumu City.

SUGAR milling companies in Nyanza and Western Provinces have raised complaints alleging that the government through its immigration Ministry is engaged in recklessness of issuing unskilled aliens workers from India and Pakistan with the works permits at the expense f Kenyan worker

Hundreds of unskilled India and Pakistani workers have flooded the sugar factories in the regions, and are engaged in odd jobs such as cane-yard clerks, time-keepers, store-keepers, vehicles mechanics electrical mechanics, boiler-operators, office sweepers, messengers, time-keepers, cooks , welders and penal-beaters, fitters and plant mechanics.

Kenya is not short of these categories of workers after close to 50 years ever since the country attained its political independence in 1963. The country has trained skilled worker n these categories in excess of its labor fore needs.” Said a source a the Awendo-based SonySugar Company.

The CENTRAL Organization of Trade union of Kenya {cotu{k} is silent about this grave situation and appeared to have been compromised.

The outspoken COTU{K} Secretary-General who is also the General Secretary of the Kenya Plantations and Agricultural Workers Union is sleeping on the job and has uttered no word in complaints against this seemingly naked corrupt deals in which some sugar millers are known to be sourcing their worker from foreign sources with impunity against the laws of Kenya that is governing the sourcing f foreign workers.

The sugar mills which are currently flooded by foreign workers included the Ndhiwa based Sukari Industries, kakamega based Butali Sugar Mill, Western Kenya Sugar Company also based in Kakamega district, Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries based at Kibos near Kisumu City, Trans-Mara Sugar Company Limited, which is based in Trans-Mara district within Narok County.

Shortly before he met his untimely death in a helicopter crash in Ngong forest near Nairobi, The Internal Security Assistant Minister Joshua Orwa Ojode whose concerted effort is credited to have been an instrumental tool that yielded in the establishment of the Ndhiwa based Sugar Mills near Oria Market, is said to have warned the management of the Sukari Industry Limited, to remove about half of its Indian and Pakisani workers who are engaged on petty jobs which could be perfectly be performed well by the locals.

The Labor Ministry also stands blamed for not effectively inspecting the job specifications I the Sugar mill with he view o ensure that undesirable aliens were kicked out and their places taken over by local skills.

Unionized workers in the sugar industry tro8gh their union are also contemplating moving to court to have he foreign workers have their illegally and corruptively obtained work permits cancelled.

The workers lad the blames squarely on the MPS representing the sugar growing zones in both Nyanza an Western Provinces for allegedly having compromised and failing to articulate the workers sufferings to the government.

They included the MPs representing Mumias, Muhooni, Nyando, Rono, Uirii, Kiloris,IKOlOMANI, Bunyala, Matungu, and Butere.



By Agwanda Saye

Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’ is calling upon luo Nyanza Police and the area Provincial Administration to crack down on the area residents who do not have identification cards as they will jeopardize chances of Prime Minsiter Raila Odinga ascending to the Presidency.

Speaking at Ojolla within Kisumu North District in the company of Kisumu Town West MP Olago Aluoch, Kajwang’ pleaded with the area DC David Chabari who was present to begin the action immediately saying as a cabinet Minister associated with Raila he cannot lay back and see luos messing Raila.

“Its now or never, I am instructing the Provincial Administration and the police to crack down on luos without IDs, these are the people who are presently making Raila’s rout to State House impossible, they either have the vital document or u harass them till they got it” he told the crowd whose facial expressions was full of disagreement with his view.

During the function Kajwang’ added that his ministry has sufficient materials to make 60,000 ids which is the daily demand within the country adding that there is a directive from the ministry that young married women who wants to acquire IDs will not have to travel back to the parents homes for authentication rather the Chiefs have been given powers to authenticate such marriages.

“Any woman who want to include their husband’s names or want to change her name its absolutely free” Kajwang’ added

Nigerian caught with Fake Passport

From: Maurice Oduor

Look at the lengths people go through to make it out into the West !!!!!

This Nigerian guy wants the Immigration Officers to believe that he’s only 15. He is very well coached. Minors can never be deported and he knows that. Very clever. (about 10 min long)

Oduor Maurice Wod Plista Ny’Alego Gang

World: International Migration Outlook 2011

from Yona Maro

This publication provides an analysis of recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries and two analytical chapters, covering migrant entrepreneurship and international migration to Israel.

Kwa Nafasi za Kazi kila siku Nafasi za Kazi Kimataifa

USA, Tx: Kenyans Bursted

from Judy Miriga

What is going in Texas? One of the most stupid things wananchi do is to fail to use common sense. They go to the same place at the same time, some using same address thereby raising suspicion. Last time several wananchi in Iowa were raided one morning, some 25 of them – – but we didn’t seem to learn a lesson.

The moment the county clerk asked that question, they should have known that they were walking on a time bomb. They then stupidly hop into the same car after saying that they didn’t know each other. Kwani marriage ceremony is a sacrament which has to be eaten at the same time?

MrMeezy wrote:
Texas has long been known as marriage fraud central for Tanzanians with Houston being its epicenter. Sad to see Kenyans now engaging in the same gig. Weren’t Kenyans and Tanzanians also caught hapo hapo in a conspiracy to steal expensive microchips from kina Texas Instruments na kadhalika to the tune of several million dollars several years ago? Most of them were caught and are now rotting in filthy federal jails with hakataa some with decades long prison sentences. Crime is never worth it I tell you.

County Clerk Laverne Soefje said she noticed a trend of Harris County residents with spouses from African countries filing for marriage licenses in her office.

Soefje said that once three such couples came to the office to request a marriage license at the same time. It raised her suspicions, she said.

“ I asked them if they knew each other because they were standing next to each other at the counter, and they said no,” Soefje said. “But when they left the office, they all got in the same car and drove off.”

Soefje said she talked to other county clerks from the Brazos Valley who said they noticed the same trend. She said it was then that she decided to ask the Texas Rangers to investigate.

While Soefje said she was unaware of the federal indictments when contacted by The Eagle on Tuesday, she said the Rangers’ investigator has kept in touch and said authorities discovered one man who married 18 times.

“ It caught my attention, because I couldn’t imagine all of them coming to Milam County when they were from Houston,” Soefje said. “You don’t travel such a large distance to come to a county out of the way.”

4 Kenyans busted in Houston
Twenty-two Brazos Valley residents indicted for marriage fraud

Eagle Staff Writer

The names of 36 Texans indicted by a Houston grand jury Tuesday are listed first in the following chart. The people whom they married have not been arrested.

• Salena Allen, 30, of Midland, married Anthony Anazonwu of Nigeria.
• Ruthie Denise Bailey, 30, of Bryan, married Juma A. Mohamed of Jordan.
• Vicki Bisch, 39, of Bryan, married Demba Sidibe of Mali.
• Brandy Coleman, 23, of Cypress, married Ifeanyi Ubesie of Nigeria.
• Jeri Davis, 21, of Bryan, married Charles Maina of Kenya.
• Latira Davis, 30, of Bryan, married Haji Rajab of Tanzania.
• Vernon Felix, 48, of Houston, married Gladys Iheonunekwu of Nigeria.
• Crystal Franklin, 20, of Houston, married Amaniel Bubelwa of Tanzania.
• Shellia Franklin, 40, of Houston, married Mohamed Sillah of Sierra Leone.
• Terrance Franklin, 23, of Houston, married Ann Laimaru of Kenya.
• Veronica Franklin, 20, of College Station, married Mohammedsameh Abujuba of Jordan.
• Almesha Gooden, 24, of Bryan, married Stewart Basil of Tanzania.
• Carolyn Hedge, 37, of Bryan, married Mamadou Diallo of Guinea.
• Christopher Hedge, 37, of Somerville, married Rose Tweve of Tanzania.
• Joe E. Hedge, 30, of Bryan, married Noreen Munabi of Uganda.
• John T. Hedge Jr., 30, of Bryan, married Grace Munthali of Tanzania.
• John Thomas Hedge Sr., 51, of Bryan, married Agnes Mutagurwa of Tanzania.
• Lenora Hedge, 34, of Bryan, married Akinyemi Osinubi of Nigeria.
• Christopher McMurray, 22, of Bryan,married Sheila Mbwana of Tanzania.
• LaTonya McMurray, 22, of Bryan, married Joseph Kiige of Kenya.
• Kelvin Bernard Mike, 21, of Houston, married Elizabeth Osoro of Kenya.
• Chantella Murphy, 33, of Houston, married Marwan Almajali of Jordan.
• Clarace Nutall, 40, of Bryan, married Anne Bassong of Cameroon.
• Floyd Oscar, 30, of Houston, married Jacqueline Coker of Sierra Leone.
• Victor Parker, 31, of Bryan, married Ndong Avomo of Gabon.
• Charlene Robinson, 23, of Bryan, married Makan Kante of Mali.
• Sherrita Ann Royster, 24, of Bryan, married Ferdinand Namulundu of Kenya.
• Katherine Shields, 35, of Houston, married Christopher Honliasso of Nigeria.
• Lacreta Shields, 22, of Houston, married Assane Mbengue of Senegal.
• Larrica Shields, 23, of Houston, married John Ibe of Nigeria.
• Tamara Taylor, 24, of Houston, married Souleymane Diop of Senegal.
• Hazara Vaughns, 29, of Houston, married Khalil Haddad of Israel.
• Tikisha Walker, 25, of Wharton, married Abdul Khaliq of Pakistan.
• Deandre Warren, 27, of Bryan, married Pamela Wells of Tanzania.
• Tametria Williams, 21, of College Station, married Yacine Khelifi of Algeria.
• Anthony Young, 23, of Bryan, married Irene Nafuna of Tanzania.


• Emma Guyton, 46, of Bryan.
• Aminata Smith, 43, of Houston.

Twenty-two Brazos Valley residents are accused of taking part in an international marriage fraud scheme based in Bryan that set up fake unions to bypass immigration laws, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

One of those defendants, a woman from Bryan, also faces a conspiracy charge for allegedly arranging and profiting from the phony marriages.

Emma Guyton, 46, of Bryan and Aminata Smith, 43, of Houston recruited more than 60 Americans to marry an estimated 210 foreign nationals from African and Middle Eastern countries, prosecutors said.

The foreign nationals, most of whom came into the country on temporary visas, paid Guyton and Smith between $1,500 and $5,000 to arrange the marriages so they could obtain U.S. citizenship and other immigration benefits, prosecutors said.

Guyton and Smith were jailed Tuesday and awaited magistration before a federal judge in Houston, prosecutors said. Each is charged with four counts of encouraging unlawful immigration and four counts of marriage fraud, in addition to the conspiracy charge.

The women face a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison and fines of more than $2 million if convicted on all counts. Thirty-six other Texans charged with marriage fraud face five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Half of the 36 fraudulent marriages identified by federal prosecutors Tuesday were filed in Brazos Valley counties and took place between April 2000 and July 2003.

Prosecutors said they will continue their investigation into conspiracy that was run primarily out of the Bryan and Houston areas. The 20-month investigation, dubbed Operation Two Step, was conducted by the Houston and San Antonio offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday authorities had arrested half of the Texas residents indicted for marriage fraud. Arrest warrants have been issued for the defendants still free.

The U.S. citizens are accused of receiving payments of between $150 and $500 from Smith and Guyton for each marriage in which they participated, prosecutors said.

Each of the Americans indicted for marriage fraud has married six or more foreign nationals, has a criminal record or has married a foreign national from a country with suspected ties to terrorism, such as Jordan, Pakistan and Algeria, prosecutors said.

Authorities also have issued material-witness warrants for the 36 foreign nationals named in the indictments so they can be forced to testify in their spouses’ criminal cases, prosecutors said.

Once they’ve provided testimony, the foreign nationals will face an administrative immigration panel that could strip them of their citizenship and recommend deportation, said Nancy Harrier, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt but rather a formal accusation of criminal conduct.

Federal immigration authorities began to investigate the scheme when a Milam County employee complained of an unusual number of suspicious marriages, prosecutors said.

County Clerk Laverne Soefje said she noticed a trend of Harris County residents with spouses from African countries filing for marriage licenses in her office.

Soefje said that once three such couples came to the office to request a marriage license at the same time. It raised her suspicions, she said.

“ I asked them if they knew each other because they were standing next to each other at the counter, and they said no,” Soefje said. “But when they left the office, they all got in the same car and drove off.”

Soefje said she talked to other county clerks from the Brazos Valley who said they noticed the same trend. She said it was then that she decided to ask the Texas Rangers to investigate.

While Soefje said she was unaware of the federal indictments when contacted by The Eagle on Tuesday, she said the Rangers’ investigator has kept in touch and said authorities discovered one man who married 18 times.

“ It caught my attention, because I couldn’t imagine all of them coming to Milam County when they were from Houston,” Soefje said. “You don’t travel such a large distance to come to a county out of the way.”