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6 Kenyans Sentenced To Death In China!!!

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    Wetangula to visit China over Kenyan Smugglers

    By Standard Team

    Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula bowed to pressure from MPs and promised to travel to China to help save the lives of six Kenyans who have been sentenced to death for drug trafficking.

    This came even as Imams praised the Chinese action as timely and worthy of emulation by Kenya.But Mr Wetangula said he would go to China to plead with Beijing to commute the sentences to life imprisonment.

    This was in response to The Standard story yesterday detailing why more than two dozen Kenyans face the death penalty or life in prison for drug offences. Wetangula told Parliament he would negotiate a prisoner exchange protocol with the Chinese government to enable these and other Kenyans convicted in China to serve the prison sentences in Kenya.

    "I intend to visit China to see how we can commute the death sentences to life and see how we can exchange prisoners so that they can serve sentences in Kenya," he said.

    The minister gave a breakdown of 27 Kenyans in China's jails, including 22 "very young girls" and five boys and girls on death row.MPs expressed shock and outrage at the economic plight of Kenyan youngsters in China and overseas, their susceptibility to manipulation by international criminals and the likelihood that they did not receive a fair trial in China's courts.

    Criminal syndicates

    According to the minister's figures, the five on death row include "a very young boy" who, together with the other 26 Kenyan convicts, was lured into drug trafficking as couriers by "criminal syndicates from West Africa".

    The minister did not elaborate on the alleged West African criminals, but disclosed that the Kenyans were students in China and other Asian nations when they were lured into drug crime.

    Among those sentenced to death are Peter Amisi Obonyo, 36, who was arrested in Shenzhen, China, Josephine Ochieng Onim, 25, and Grace Lucy Omondi, 57, who were arrested in Guangzhou on different dates and sentenced to death.Leah Muthoni Mweru Kimani and Christine Nyabera Ongowo, 47, were also arrested carrying drugs in Guangzhou and sentenced to death.
    Those jailed for life are Margaret Mudasia Engesia, Oliviah Munoko, Peris Mumbi,Jemimah Wairimu Wangai, Catherine Wambui and Jacinta Wambui Kuria.

    Wetangula asked parents to counsel their children before sending them to study overseas. But MPs suggested that Kenyan and Chinese governments are not blameless in the matter.Mr Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga, ODM) demanded an inventory of all Kenyans held and executed in foreign jails.

    "There are more Kenyans held, not just in China but also other countries and some have already been executed. We want the minister to give us statistics of all Kenyans held or executed abroad," said Chanzu.

    Ms Millie Odhiambo (Nominated, ODM) alleged Kenya did not give legal support to Kenyans held in China.

    "I grew up with one of these ladies (convicts) in Parklands and I am surprised to learn that many of them did not get legal counsel in China. Kenya failed miserably by not availing (sic) legal counsel to her citizens," she said.

    Mr Danson Mungatana (Garsen, Narc-K) claimed the Kenyans were tried and convicted due to the "failure" by the Kenyan High Commission in Beijing, which he alleged had not supported the convicts.

    Mr Gitobu Imanyara (Imenti Central,CCU) claimed the Kenyans, most likely did not get a fair trial because China's justice system "does not meet international standards".

    Punitive sentence

    He said the sentences are punitive and demanded justice and fair treatment for Kenyans in China.

    More Kenyans could be languishing in jails around the world for drug-related offences, but the Government is unaware because they use fake documents, or are not registered with Kenyan missions.

    Yesterday, Imams backed the Chinese action of sentencing drug traffickers to hang or jailing them for life. Under the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), they urged Kenya to borrow a leaf from China and introduce stiffer penalties to deter drug barons who have ruined thousands of youths, especially at the Coast.

    CIPK National Chairman Sheikh Mohamed Idris, Treasurer Sheikh Hassan Omar, Assistant Treasurer Sheikh Hassan Suleiman and Organising Secretary Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa also urged the Government to declare drug sale and consumption a national disaster. They said this would intensify the campaign, save lives and boost the war against HIV and Aids.

    At the Coast, the imams said Mombasa, Mariakani, Mtwapa, South Coast, Kilifi, Malindi and Lamu are hard hit and thousands of youths have fallen victim to drugs sold widely in the region. Sheikh Idris said youths were fast turning into zombies and contracting HIV due to drugs.

    Yesterday, it emerged that some families of Kenyans held abroad over drug trafficking have travelled there more than twice to see their kin, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. Ministry Head of Press Unit Kiboi Waituru said they organise for the families to travel whenever they request so.

    Provide information

    "The ministry's role in some of the cases is limited and there is very little we can do. Maybe we can request the transfer of some of those in custody to Kenya on the demand of one's family," he said.

    Some relatives declined to comment on the matter when reached for comment yesterday, claiming they were traumatised by the jailing of their children.

    Report by David Ochami, Cyrus Ombati, Patrick Beja, Peter Orengo

    The Standard | Online Edition :: Wetangula to visit China over Kenyan Smugglers
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    Ukimaanisha wakenya mkuu? Hili kwa kweli sio dogo,, linatia uchungu kwa upande mmoja na upande mwingine ndo ivo sheria inachukua mkondo wake....
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    Watengula kwa hiyo anaenda kusema chonde chonde wasitundikwe??

    Mimi nasema Watundikwe tu: iwe onyo kwa Waafrika wengine wanaopenda hii shot cut!

    Hizi sheria za China zingetumika Afrika kwa miaka 10 tu basi: rushwa ingepungua bidii ya kazi ingeongezeka..na maendeleo tungeyaona!

    Hizi sheria za Mwingireza/Mfaransa tunazotumia Afrika: ndo zinaturudisha nyuma na kutufanya tusiendelee!
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    Naamanisha nchi yoyote ile.Bora ufanye juu chini uwalete nyumbani
    na kuwahukumu jela za nyumbani.Si utani kufungwa jela za watu wengine
    asiee..afu pia lugha iwe haipandi!
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    Hivi hatuwezi kuingiza vipengele vya sheria za china ktk katiba yetu? Mi naona mafisadi kama akina RA wanastahili kunyongwa tu, tena hadharani.
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    mie naona Wetangula anakwenda tripu ya kidplomasia tu. Sidhani kama
    lolote la maana litatokea unless Kenya wana-offer ya nguvu kuwapa
    hawa wa-comunisti.
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    Girls plead for their mum in China jail


    Sheila Atieno (right), Judy Wangari (centre) and Zipporah Adhiambo, daughters of Ms Christine N Ongowo, a Kenyan on death row in China. They spoke during a press conference at Warwick Centre, Nairobi, on Wednesday.

    By Cyrus Ombati
    The family of Ms Christine Nyabera Ongowo – one of the six Kenyans sentenced to death for drug trafficking in China – is slowly but painfully coming to terms with the finality of her fate. Her children acknowledge she may never live in their midst, nor hear her reassuring voice in an uncertain night.
    So their only prayer is to have her spend the rest of her life in a Kenyan jail, at least a place they can visit and comfort her.
    "Please bring her back home! I really miss my mum and we would like to see her in any of Kenyan jails," says Ongowo’s lastborn daughter Sheila Atieno Omondi, as she fights back tears.
    Sheila, 19, was accompanied by her two sisters Zipporah Adhiambo, 20, and Judy Wangari, 30, when they spoke to The Standard about their ordeal. The tragedy of their mother mirrored in their youthful faces and voices full of uncertainty. Ongowo was widowed 19 years ago when Sheila was only two months old.
    The ladies say they had no idea that their mother was a drug trafficker and were shocked to learn that she had been caught with heroin.

    The Standard | Online Edition :: Girls plead for their mum in China jail