Embassy Offers to Help Homeless Kenyan Man Stranded in US

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majaThe Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC has offered to help Mr Timothy Majanja, a homeless Kenyan who has been living in squalor in the US since relocating from Canada 21 years ago.

Mr William Mugo, a First Secretary and the head of the consular services at the embassy, sent an email to the Nation Friday seeking further information on how to get in touch with Mr Majanja.

“Please help the embassy get in touch with Mr Majanja so that we can determine how we can help,” read the email.

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On Thursday, Nation.co.ke reported that Majanja was seeking help to get travel documents which he lost after moving to Atlanta, Georgia.

ATTRACTED EMPATHY

The story, which also aired on NTV’s 9pm news bulletin on Thursday, has attracted empathy from well wishers.

“Nation should post more information so we can reach out directly to our brother,” said Jessica Gachagua in a Facebook post.

A former officer with the Canadian Mounted Police, Mr Majanja has lived in North America for 46 years.

He landed in Alberta, Canada in 1968 but now says he has had enough and would like to go back to Kenya to be with his family.

I have been leading a miserable life here and it is high time I left this country,” he told this reporter in an interview on Memorial Drive in Atlanta, Georgia.

LOST DOCUMENTS

Mr Majanja however said he is stuck because he lost all his documents and cannot therefore travel.

He appealed to the Kenyan government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to help him.

In 1973, he was recruited by the Canadian government into the prestigious Mount Police division where he served before venturing into politics.

He ran for political office as a city representative in Calgary, Alberta, before unsuccessfully contesting a vacant mayoral seat.

Mr Majanja however declined to disclose when or why he left the Canadian Police service.

“That matter is confidential,” he said.

After relocating to Atlanta, he worked with a transport company before losing his job.

“I lost my driver’s license and all the other documents which I had kept in a safe deposit at a local bank,” he said.

SOUGHT HELP UNSUCCESSFULLY

Mr Majanja said he has severally sought help from the US and Canadian governments without success.

“I have no single document and can’t travel anywhere,” he said adding, “I appeal to the Kenyan embassy to give me some travel documents so I can visit my relatives back home.”

During the interview, he showed photos of his sojourn in Canada in which he looked young and energetic.

“I married a Canadian lady and we had a son, but now I can’t even travel there to visit them.” He said.

“I thought I was strong enough but now I need help,” added Majanja who looked weak and a pale shadow of his former self.

– Nation.co.ke

 

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