KDA PRESS RELEASES

WINNERS OF TECH INNOVATION FOR COVID-19 (LOT 1)
ANNOUNCED: KDA/DCTF/20/10, 15TH JULY, 2020

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance1 (KDA), acting on behalf of the Diaspora COVID-19 Taskforce (DCTF) sent out a Call for Proposals (CfP) on 5th May, 2020 for innovative technology driven solutions to support the Taskforce’s interventions in mitigating effects of COVID-19. The
Taskforce’s main goal is to compliment efforts by government and other partners to contain COVID spread.

A total of 29 bid submissions were received and evaluated. Given the urgency to evaluate the applications, the unanticipated large number and sheer complexities and high quality of the bids received, it was decided to split them into 2 Lots of 16 and 13 respectively, in the order which the applications were received. An Evaluation Committee of 5 senior informaticians, including a non-voting Advisor, was constituted. The Committee adopted an optimistic approach in generating the final score which was computed as the mean of the scores submitted by the three evaluators, the 4th evaluator having been indisposed during the exercise. The three were unanimous in the final decisions.

DIASPORA MOURN SHUJAA DR DOREEN A.
LUGALIKI, URGE DEEPER DEDICATION TO COVID-19 FIGHT

 

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) and the Diaspora COVID-19 Taskforce (DCTF) join other Kenyans to condole the family, relatives,colleagues and friends of Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki. The health fraternity, and the country in general has been robbed of a selfless and dedicated soldier in the fight against COVID-19. We have not only lost an astute and competent medical doctor, but a mother and source of inspiration to the community. 

We celebrated you as you lead in the frontline against the mysterious and elusive pandemic that has changed the global strata and forced us to move from normal to abnormality. We honour you for the several lives you saved in course of duty, and the hope you gave to families and the world. Your service will remain as a legacy, and contribution an indelible pillar in our midst. Your fight will not be in vain as various professionals, including our colleagues and members, burn midnight oil to find means and ways to contain this devious pandemic. We believe it won’t be long before man concurs, with God’s help.

DIASPORA MOURN SHUJAA DR DOREEN A.
LUGALIKI, URGE DEEPER DEDICATION TO COVID-19 FIGHT

 

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) and the Diaspora COVID-19 Taskforce (DCTF) join other Kenyans to condole the family, relatives,colleagues and friends of Dr Doreen Adisa Lugaliki. The health fraternity, and the country in general has been robbed of a selfless and dedicated soldier in the fight against COVID-19. We have not only lost an astute and competent medical doctor, but a mother and source of inspiration to the community. 

We celebrated you as you lead in the frontline against the mysterious and elusive pandemic that has changed the global strata and forced us to move from normal to abnormality. We honour you for the several lives you saved in course of duty, and the hope you gave to families and the world. Your service will remain as a legacy, and contribution an indelible pillar in our midst. Your fight will not be in vain as various professionals, including our colleagues and members, burn midnight oil to find means and ways to contain this devious pandemic. We believe it won’t be long before man concurs, with God’s help.

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance, Society of Black Lawyers,
Bandung and Blaksox Call On America To Cease Its Violence Against African Americans and Adopt A Nine Point Plan for Institutional Change

 

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) represents over 200,000 Kenyans in the international diaspora, many of who are resident, studying, working or running businesses in the USA. The Bandung Conference is an international NGO based in Kenya. The Africa Diaspora Alliance (AfDA) is an amalgam of a number of transnational and historical diaspora organizations. The Society of Black Lawyers
(SBL) based in the United Kingdom has been engaged in international human rights for five decades. Blaksox is a social action and economic development network based in the UK and East Africa. All of the above organisations and their affiliates have a
long history of fighting for justice and human rights around the world. We wish to bring home to the United States Government our deep concern with the failure to protect the life of George Floyd and many other African Americans over the years.

 Hon Paul K. Muite, Senior Counsel and Former Presidential Candidate, Republic of Kenya, stated; 

  ‘George Floyd’s heinous murder rocked the world and brought it to a standstill no lesser than the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic did. It needed not to be so as defenceless George didn’t have to die. Much less in a country with a global claim to justice and rule of law’.

  Professor P.L.O Lumumba added;

‘Demented racists may step on our necks that we may not breathe, but our spirit and desire for freedom will not lose oxygen. George Floyd’s body may have been rendered lifeless but the World is now full of George Floyd whose spirit will defeat bigotry and hatred.’………

 

 

KDA CALLS UPON KENYANS TO DECLARE TOTAL WAR AGAINST COVID-19 WHEN STILL OPPORTUNE

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) urges Kenyans in general (and the government in particular) to unite and do all it takes to keep
Coronavirus at bay when a small window to do so still exists.

This appears to be a once-in-a-generation virus that is deadly and near-impossible to treat. Efforts should include a 2-week moratorium of all non-critical public activities, including worship and learning facilities.

Any assemblies with more than 50 people, e.g. supermarkets, should be avoided. In that period, organizations too should hold group meetings virtually through conference calls, encourage home or office delivery of products, and staff to work remotely from home where tenable………

KDA MOURNS AMB CHRIS MBURU

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) has learnt with utter shock the sudden passing of Amb Chris Mburu. We are speechless since we just spoke with him on phone last Thursday on official diaspora matters, and he was in high spirits, dedicated and cordial as ever.

The death is so untimely, given the critical phase of our bilateral relationship and developments in our two sisterly and friendly republics.

We shall deeply miss Amb Mburu!

KDA and the larger diaspora constituency sends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and relatives of Amb Mburu.

We join the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the governments of the Republics of Kenya and South Sudan, and the larger Kenyan society in mourning the befallen patriot.

Dr Shem Ochuodho

Chairperson, KDA

UNGA SIDELINE EVENT BY KDA ON OCTOBER 1ST 2019 NEW YORK

 Kenya Diaspora Alliance invites you to the Kenyan Diaspora Sideline Event during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which will take place on October 1st 2019 at the UN Church Centre in New York following the conclusion of UNGA

This sideline event will be hosted by KDA USA chapter in conjunction with the Kenya UN Community (KUC).

Its purpose is to: –

  1. Accord leaders (national and devolved) the platform to pitch for tourism, investment and partnership opportunities.
  2. Meet with US Counterparts at federal, state and local government levels.
  3. Meet and dialogue with potential investors and importers
  4. Meet with Kenyan/African diaspora (and African American) professionals, tourists and businessmen/women to explore opportunities

The following target groups from Kenya are invited:

  • Official Government delegation to UNGA
  • Excellency Governors/Deputy Governors
  • Senior, relevant Count Officials (e.g. in charge of investment, diaspora, trade)
  • Company CEOs (especially financial sector, real estate, stock market, tech, etc)
  • Government officers responsible for the `Big 4’ Agenda

 The event program will revolve around the `Big 4’ Agenda, Vision 2030 and the UN SDGs will be central to it.  Additional areas of significance to our country that will be on the agenda include Environment and Health (with specific thrust on Cancer as a major national health concern) after we complete formulating the agenda of the sideline.

WHERE WOULD KENYA TODAY BE IF IT ENGAGED
IT’S FINEST: AN OPINION PIECE,

Kenya is reputed to be Silicon Savanna, and for good measure. But is that reason enough to sit on our laurels, celebrate and relax? When we wake up we’ll be at the bottom of the pack. Especially in this fast-paced 4th Industrial Revolution, when time waits for none.

We live in a knowledge and data-driven world. Tech-savvy and data sovereign nations chart trends. It is no wonder the fierce salient tech-war between today’s biggest global economies 5G revolution. And why should Kenya or Africa by extension pay attention?

OPEN LETTER TO HON SPEAKER: DIASPORA NI MKENYA AND SO ARE DUAL CITIZENS – NOT A REASON TO DENY MWENDE MWINZI OPPORTUNITY TO BE KENYA’S AMBASSADOR

This is further to our earlier communication dated 30th May, 2019, on the same subject matter.

Firstly, we wish to compliment and thank the Hon Chair and Members of the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee for approving appointment of a dual citizen, Madam Mwende Mwinzi as Ambassador, even though with a rider to renounce her other citizenship.

OPEN LETTER TO HON SPEAKER: DIASPORA NI MKENYA AND SO ARE DUAL CITIZENS – NOT A REASON TO DENY MWENDE MWINZI OPPORTUNITY TO BE KENYA’S AMBASSADOR

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) considers the matter to renounce other citizenship no longer a “Mwende issue”, but an affront on all diaspora, dual citizens, women, children of diasporas and all future generations of Kenyans residing abroad. Would the same questions being raised pertain if she were a man? Allowed to stand, this decision would have immeasurable negative consequences in the future. It is with that seriousness that we have elected to beseech Hon Members of Parliament (The Whole House) to reconsider and expunge this requirement on Madam Mwende to renounce her other citizenship.

MRADI BORA OR BORA MRADI? A PROFESSIONAL VIEW ON NIIMS

Over the last two months or so, there has been an ongoing public debate on the “Huduma Namba” initiative, more formally referred to as the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS). The project is expected to cost the tax payer Six Billion Kenya Shillings, with some of the major human rights bodies seeking to block it through litigation.The High Court has given the greenlight…….

KENYANS CANNOT AFFORD TO SQUANDER THE ‘HANDSHAKE’ OPPORTUNITY: OPINION PIECE

Kenyans and Friends of Kenya must cease the moment to move the country to greatness. We have a once in a life-time opportunity to do so. The only two other that come to mind were at independence and in 2002 when the country literally united to send KANU home. In both cases, especially the latter, the opportunity was sadly squandered…….

PROPOSAL FOR UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY–AFRICA (USIU-AFRICA) PARTNERSHIP AND FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN IN THE USA

INTRODUCTION
As part of the university strategic goal towards being a leading research institution in the region, USIU-Africa envisions to raise funds to support university priorities by developing and fostering strong external partnerships with various entities in Kenya and abroad.

USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza and Director of University Advancement, Mr. James Ogolla are scheduled to conduct a six week partnership and fundraising campaign in the USA between April 11, 2018 and May 18, 2018 to raise funds to support critical growth areas of the university in line with the USIU-Africa Strategic Plan 2015-2020, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2015/2030 and Kenya’s Vision 2030……

HEFTY COURT PETITION FINES WILL ONLY FURTHER ENCOURAGE ELECTORAL MALPRACTICES

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) has observed with dismay the huge fines meted out on election petition losers. The highest pronounced so far was KSh 12,000 million, and the majority being between KSh 3-10 million. These figures are double injury to persons already aggrieved by petition loss, and a great disincentive to people who in future my wish to take complaints to court. The likely unintended effect is elections becoming a ‘do or die’ that must be won at any cost, because redress in court by ‘losers’ will be anathema…..

KENYA DIASPORA ALLIANCE HAILS LEADERS’ UNITY OF PURPOSE AND REITERATE CALL FOR STRUCTURED, INCLUSIVE NATIONAL DIALOGUE

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) hails the bold and statesmanlike step President Uhuru Kenyatta and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga have taken to reunite the country, heal wounds and take back the nation onto a path of justice, cohesion, greatness and shared prosperity. We welcome this development with guarded optimism, though…..