2008-12-20 07:55:00 MP's wife condemns US embassy over visa refusal By Zephania Ubwani, Arusha THE CITIZEN The wife of Arusha Member of Parliament, Dr Milcah Mrema, who was recently denied a visa to the United States where she wanted to visit her daughter who had been involved in a car accident, has condemned the US embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Mrema, the wife of MP Felix Mrema, said the embassy had violated human rights by denying her chance to see her daughter Angela, 34, who died in a Los Angeles hospital in California on Wednesday. Angela was involved in a road accident on December 5 this year and admitted at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical Centre�s intensive care unit. The MP's wife told The Citizen yesterday that the embassy denied her a visa on grounds that she had no invitation letter from her daughter. "This is ridiculous. Why should they demand a letter from somebody who was in critical condition? I was surprised that they wanted an invitation letter from my host who was in the intensive care unit," she said. She described the incident as a violation of human rights and expressed concern that hundreds of people could be contending with similar treatment at US embassies in the region. Dr Mrema only managed to speak to her daughter on phone hours before she died on Wednesday. "I have lived and worked in the US using a Green Card for over 20 years," she said, adding that she went to seek a visa in Nairobi because she was a Kenyan national. The body of the late MPs' daughter is still expected to arrive in Arusha for burial. Angela was a lawyer trained at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and was pursuing post-graduate studies there. She suffered a broken pelvic bone and hip after a car she was driving collided with a truck in Los Angeles.