Women Of Colour and Their white Zaddies: She moved to the US with big dreams and met a boyfriend on Craigslist. Then she vanished

Kenyan woman met a creepy white guy on craigslist, and moved in with him in Wyoming. And now she has vanished without a trace, and the creep she hooked up with, cleaned out her bank account and maxed out her credit cards. He has not been Arrested


(CNN)Irene Gakwa’s last WhatsApp video call with her parents was filled with gentle ribbing. But beneath the banter were hints that something was off.

When her face appeared on the phone screen, her dad teased her that she looked hungry and tired. Her smile was more subdued, he noted. Her short hair, usually braided, was rumpled.

“Make sure you drink hot milk and relax,” her dad said from his living room in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

That was February 24, the last time anyone in her family saw her.

A month later — less than three years after Gakwa left Kenya for the United States — her family reported her missing. At the time of the February video call, Gakwa’s parents were not aware she was living in Gillette, Wyoming, with a man she’d met on a Craigslist forum.

They also had no way of knowing that police would later accuse the man of removing money from her checking account, maxing out her credit card and deleting her email account. And they never imagined that six months would go by without a word from her.

“She’s always been a daddy’s girl,” said her father, Francis Kambo, in a recent phone interview from Nairobi. He took a deep breath as he recalled that last video call with his only daughter and youngest of his three children.

“She was supposed to come home for Christmas this year. I was going to buy that ticket myself for her to come if she couldn’t afford it,” he added, his voice shaking.

“Now I don’t know if I’ll ever see her again.”

Her worried family members span two continents

Gakwa’s worried family spans two continents 9,000 miles apart.

Her parents live in Nairobi while her two older brothers, Chris Munga and Kennedy Wainaina, live in the Idaho city of Meridian — a Boise suburb.

Her father started worrying in late February when she did not respond to repeated video calls. This was unusual for the 32-year-old, who spoke to her parents about every other day.

And her written messages sounded odd, her family said. Instead of the mix of Swahili and Kenyan slang she uses, the messages were in stilted English — like someone was using Google Translate to send them, said Wainaina, her oldest brother.

“The texts would be out of place,” her father said.

In early March — between the last video call and the day she was reported missing — her parents received some short WhatsApp messages from her account. Some made excuses for why she wasn’t doing video calls.

“Dad, I dropped my phone in the water and now the microphone doesn’t work,” one message said.

Another said, “I just want you to know I love and miss you and mom.”

“We miss you … we want to see you, not just chat on WhatsApp,” her father responded. “We love you always. You will … be my daughter forever.”

Her boyfriend told police she packed her bags and left

The last WhatsApp message came on March 9, her father said.

The three siblings share a cell phone family plan. After Gakwa’s brothers could not reach her, they looked through her phone records and called a close friend she’d talked to numerous times.

That’s how they found out she had been living with her boyfriend, Nathan Hightman, 39, in a modest three-bedroom house in Gillette. The couple had dated since 2020, but had broken up several times, Wainaina said. Her brothers thought they’d parted ways and were not aware they’d rekindled their romance and moved in together.

Nathan Hightman is accused of financial crimes against Irene Gakwa. Before her disappearance, the couple lived together in Gillette, Wyoming.

Nathan Hightman is accused of financial crimes against Irene Gakwa. Before her disappearance, the couple lived together in Gillette, Wyoming.

Her brothers reported her missing to the Gillette Police Department on March 20, and an officer talked to Hightman the same day, according to an affidavit of probable cause in a related separate criminal case against her boyfriend.

Hightman told the officer he last saw Gakwa in late February, when she came home one night, packed her clothing in two plastic bags and left in a dark-colored SUV, the affidavit said. He told police he hadn’t heard from her since. He also said he withdrew money from her bank account so she would be forced to contact him if she needed money, the affidavit said.

Hightman did not respond to the brothers’ request to hand over her stuff in their home, Wainaina said. They implored him to give them her documents, including her Kenyan passport, but Hightman declined, Wainaina added.

Hightman is considered a person of interest in her disappearance and has “not made himself available to detectives looking to resolve questions that exist in the investigation,” Gillette police said in a statement.

“We believe he has information pertaining to the disappearance of Irene, but he has elected not to provide that information to law enforcement at this time,” Gillette police detective Dan Stroup told CNN.

CNN has made repeated attempts to reach Hightman via phone, text and email, but he has not responded. CNN also left messages for his public defender, Dallas Lamb, but did not hear back.

Hightman has not been charged in Gakwa’s disappearance, but is a suspect in financial crimes against her after she went missing. Gillette police arrested him in May and charged him with two felony counts of theft, one felony count of unlawful use of a credit card, and two felony counts of crimes against intellectual property for allegedly changing her banking account password and deleting her email account after she vanished.

Between February and March, Hightman transferred nearly $3,700 from Gakwa’s bank account to his own and spent an additional $3,230 on her credit card, court documents allege.


Legal Challenges Begin in India: Bombay High Court Issues Notice to Indian Government, Bill Gates and Others in Connection to Vaccine Death

The petitioner demanded a compensation of ₹1,000 crore from the vaccine-maker as compensation for his daughter’s death, who, he claimed, died as a result of the side-effects from Covishield.

The Bombay High Court has sought response from the Serum Institute of India (SII), Microsoft founder Bill Gates and others on a petition from a man who blamed side effects from Covishield as the reason behind his daughter’s death, The petitioner has demanded a compensation of ₹1,000 crore from the vaccine-maker.

Dilip Lunwat, the petitioner , a resident of Aurangabad, claimed that his daughter Snehal Lunawat, being a medical student, was compelled to take the anti-Covid vaccine at her college in Nashik on January 28 last year as she came under the category of health worker. Snehal was a doctor and a senior lecturer at SMBT dental college and hospital at Dhamangaon in Maharashtra.

She had taken Covishield, which is developed by the SII.

Days later, she suffered severe headache and vomiting and was rushed to a hospital where doctors found bleeding in her brain, the petition said. Snehal died on March 1 as a result of side-effects from the vaccine, it claimed.

The petition relied on a report submitted by the Centre’s adverse events following immunization (AEFI) committee on October 2.

The petitioner has also sought a response from Gates, whose foundation – the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – had partnered with the SII to accelerate the process of manufacturing and delivering 100 million doses of the vaccine. He also sought a response from the Union government, Maharashtra government and Drug Controller General of India.

Lunwat sought justice for his daughter and “many more people who are likely to be murdered” due to similar cases of adverse effects, according to the petition.

A division bench of Justices S V Gangapurwala and Madhav Jamdar on August 26 issued a notice to all the respondents in the petition. The matter has been posted for hearing on November 17.

(With PTI inputs)

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Woman Suffers Multiple Seizures After “Safe, Legal” Abortion

On the morning of August 3, 2022, 40 Days for Life volunteers observed and ambulance and emergency medical personnel responding to an emergency at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Operation Rescue secured the 911 recording for the emergency. And though the call was cut short, it was clear that a female patient inside the facility had multiple grand mal seizures. A grand mal seizure, also known as a tonic-clonic seizure, is what most people envision when they hear the word “seizure.” Due to abnormal electrical activity throughout the brain, it causes loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions.

We do not know if the woman had a history of epilepsy, or if the seizures were caused by surgical complications or drugs used to minimize blood loss during the surgery. But we do know this abortion facility has an established history of causing serious harm to moms who enter its doors for surgical abortions. Past documented emergencies include life-threatening hemorrhages and a case in 2020 of a woman choking on her own vomit during a surgical abortion.

Because the New Jersey Supreme Court has claimed the right to abortion under its state constitution, the state was not affected by the overturn of Roe v. Wade. Though New Jersey is the fourth smallest U.S. state by total area, it is home to 11 abortion clinics actively killing babies in the womb.

The network of abortion clinics to which Cherry Hill Women’s Center belongs performs abortions up to 24 weeks gestation. However, abortions can be legally performed up to the moment of birth in the state of New Jersey.

“As small as it is, New Jersey has established itself as an inviting hide-out for reckless late-term abortionists, away from states with legal consequences for the grave sin of shedding innocent blood,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “New Jersey is safe for abortionists but not for their victims – not the babies and not their mothers. That is certainly clear at this clinic. Tragically, we expect to see more life-threatening emergencies in New Jersey.”

LifeNews Note: Anne Reed writes for Operation Rescue.

Chile constitution: Voters overwhelmingly reject radical change

Voters in Chile have overwhelmingly rejected a new constitution which was due to replace the one drawn up under Gen Augusto Pinochet’s military rule.

In a referendum, almost 62% voted against the progressive draft.

The margin of the defeat is much larger than opinion polls had suggested.

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric, who had backed the new constitution, said he would work with Congress and civil society to come up with a “new constitutional process”.

“We have to listen to the voice of the people” who, he said, had clearly not been satisfied with the proposal put forward by the constitutional convention.

He said he would continue working to reach a proposal that would “fill us with confidence and unite us all”.

The process to replace Chile’s military rule era constitution started three years ago after mass protests rocked the nation, which is normally seen as a haven of stability in the region.

Almost 80% of Chileans voted in favour of replacing the old constitution in a referendum in October 2020.

But the new document, drafted by a constitutional convention whose members had been chosen by voters, proved too radical for many.

It would have declared Chile a “plurinational” state, recognising the rights of Chile’s indigenous populations – which make up about 13% of the population – to their lands and resources.

The now-rejected draft would also have changed many of Chile’s institutions, such as replacing the Senate with a Chamber of Regions.

It also included key demands by women’s groups such as as the right to abortion and requiring by law that women hold at least 50% of positions in official institutions.

While opinion polls had predicted a “no” vote, the overwhelming rejection – 61.9% against compared with 38.1% in favour of the new constitution – is a slap in the face for President Boric.

The 36-year-old leader was swept into power after the mass protests and his youthful, left-wing cabinet had promised to overhaul Chile’s institutions.

But almost six months into his presidency and after the resounding defeat of the constitution which he backed, he is now expected to make changes to his cabinet to bring in more moderate and politically experienced politicians.

Analysts think that the fact that voting was obligatory meant that voters who had even slight doubts about the text chose to reject it in the hope that a new version would prove more to their liking.

Monica, a voter in the capital, Santiago, told AFP news agency: “Chile needs change, but it does not need communism, and that is what this process was attempting. It was creating inequality and division in Chile.”

José­ Burgar told AFP that he thought a better text could be achieved: “I can assure you that changes are needed, undoubtedly there are going to be changes, but then we need a good constitution, a constitution that represents us all.”

Some people took to the streets of Santiago to celebrate the constitution’s rejection.

President Boric said he would now work to achieve a “text that will incorporate the lessons of the process and win over a broad majority of citizens”.

However, it is not yet clear what the process of redrawing the draft will look like and how long it could take to come up with a new text.