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AMB. ELKANA ODEMBOS COUNCIL

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He may be the new Kenyan Ambassador to the US but H.E. Elkanah Odembo is not a new guy in town. In fact, Ambassador Odembo came to the US for the first time in August 1975 as a high school student; meaning he has lived, studied, survived and moved in and out of the Diaspora for the last 35 years. He also wants Kenyans to get organized into groups to enjoy the fruits of togetherness in America. The surprising details came out during an evening dinner party last Monday for the Ambassador hosted by Bishop Joshua Wambua of Rapture Harvest Mission International church and at which a group of at least 15 Kenyans were invited. According to Bishop Wambua, the goal of the special meeting was to introduce the new Ambassador to the issues facing the Kenyan community in Massachusetts, a day before the envoy was poised to address a public forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, on the New Kenyan constitution. The dinner took place at the Best Western Hotel in Woburn. Inviting the Ambassador to talk to the group of Kenyans present, the host, Bishop Joshua Wambua told Hon. Odembo that there was a disconnect between the Kenyans in the Diaspora and the Embassy at Washington DC. “When new students come here, they fall into a hole and drop out of school shortly. Investors in the Diaspora have lost a lot of money when they send money home to invest, lamented Bishop Wambua. Bishop Joshua Wambua of RHMI church describes to Amb. Odembo the disconnect existing between Kenyans in the US and their Embassy in Washinton DC He said that recently, one Kenyan in Boston lost over Ksh4 million after investing in a business deal that turned out to be fake, yet the lawyers engaged to vet the deal had assured that investor that the investment was safe. “Kenyans in the Diaspora want to meet their leaders closely to discuss these matters, so we welcome the opportunity to meet you tonight,” added the pastor.

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