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DailyNation: Life was much better in Ugandan camp, say former refugees in row.

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Jane Wangui is a bitter woman. She is among people who have been camping outside Sheria House along Harambee Avenue in Nairobi since Thursday last week demanding the Sh400,000 resettlement package the government promised her when she returned after living as a refugee in Uganda. Ms Wangui, a mother of one, is among about 6,500 Kenyans who fled the 2007-2008 post-election violence following the bungled presidential elections and settled at Kiryandogo Refugee Settlement in Masindi District. She was in a cohort of 700 other families who returned home last year, lured back by what she terms promises of sizeable resettlement packages and land to restart their lives. A year later, Ms Wangui feels neglected and betrayed by the same government that promised her a decent life back home. “They made the promises to get us come back home but now that we are here, we have been reduced to paupers. We rely on well-wishers for accommodation and food, we cannot…

DailyNation: Police officers arrested in Marsabit for human trafficking

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Three police officers were Friday arrested in connection with human trafficking in Marsabit County as Kenya continues to deal with hundreds of Ethiopian nationals passing through on a perilous journey to South Africa in search of a better life. The officers were arrested at Sololo area for allegedly ferrying 23 Ethiopian migrants to Nairobi. "The officers are under investigations in Moyale," said the acting Marsabit County Police Commander Mark Wanjala on phone without elaborating. In November last year, the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission officers arrested an immigration officer in Moyale who reportedly issued irregular permits to foreigners. There has been an influx of Ethiopian nationals in the country most of them headed to South Africa in search of greener pastures. Last year, Marsabit Governor Ukur Yattani urged security agencies to deal firmly with the challenge of illegal aliens. On Wednesday, police arrested 23 Ethiopians who were found hiding in a house at Kamae in Kahawa West, Nairobi. The police had…

Court fines 18 Ethiopians illegally in Kenya Sh30, 000 each.

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A Marsabit court Monday fined 18 Ethiopians Sh30, 000 each or serve a three-month jail term for being in the country illegally. The court also fined Mr Ali Bishar Mohammed and Dahir Hussein Mohammed for facilitating the migrants’ entry into Kenya. Appearing before the Marsabit senior resident magistrate Boaz Ombewa, they all pleaded guilty to the charge. The court was told the Ethiopian nationals were arrested Monday in a Nairobi-bound lorry that was transporting beans. Police seized the illegal migrants at a Marsabit-Moyale roadblock in Marsabit Central sub-County at around 3am after a tip off from the public. “Police officers on patrol flagged down a lorry and upon conducting a search, they found several passengers on board, they then asked them for their identification documents where they found 18 Ethiopians nationals without travel documents,’’ Mr Jacob Kibet, a prosecutor told the court. Mr Ombewa ordered the Ethiopians to be deported to their country upon paying the fines or serving their…