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An umbrella body representing Kenyans living abroad will next month host a convention in Nairobi where investment opportunities will be showcased.

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA), whose membership stands at around 250,000, has organised the Kenya Diaspora Homecoming Convention that will be held for three days beginning December 13.

KDA chairman Shem Ochuodho said the meeting, in its fourth edition, will provide a platform for stakeholders to converge, network, transact and share success stories from around the world.

“For a globally distributed entity that remits over Sh200 billion annually, the Kenyan diaspora is a huge untapped goldmine and game-changer whose time to mainstream into the national socio-economic fabric cannot wait any longer,” Dr Ochuodho said in a statement.

One asks: “Can an election that structurally and deliberately disenfranchises 15 per cent of eligible voters be ‘free and fair’ under any circumstance?” Over the past two months, this question has elicited a resounding “NO” on diverse social media, except once. Even in the singular case, the answer was: “It depends… it can still be ‘free and fair’, but not credible”. Can an election which is not credible be free and fair?

It is believed there are 3 million Kenyan diaspora. No official census has ever been done. The figures are a mere guess; they could be less or more but it is strange they have remained stagnant over the past decade, despite births and more migration. There are about 15 million registered voters in Kenya. Most of the diaspora are of voting age, including those who go for studies. Clearly, the diaspora constitute 15 per cent of eligible voting population. They can determine the outcome of a national election, including presidential.

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) is to host the 4thedition of the Kenya Diaspora Homecoming Convention (KDHC), the country’s premier diaspora event.

Building on the success of past events, this year’s convention will revolve around the theme of  Knowledge Management and Youth Engagement and will focus on showcasing investment opportunities in Kenya while nurturing and fostering investor confidence; at the same time offering a platform for stakeholders to converge, network, transact and share success stories from across the globe.

KDHC-2017 will feature a series of smaller meetings; focusing on various pertinent topics, key among them investments, public-private partnerships, youth engagement, and governance. Focal business areas will include, environmental & waste management, renewable energy, Agri-business, infrastructure, real estate, and IT-enabled services (ITES). Opportunities at the national and county government levels will also be on display.

Speaking during the launch of KDHC-2017, Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA)’s Global Chair Dr. Shem Ochuodho noted that over the years, diaspora remittance back to the country has grown in leaps and bounds, signaling that more Kenyans living in the diaspora are confident about investing back in the country.

An umbrella body representing Kenyans living abroad will next month host a convention in Nairobi where investment opportunities will be showcased.

The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA), whose membership stands at around 250,000, has organised the Kenya Diaspora Homecoming Convention that will be held for three days beginning December 13.

KDA chairman Shem Ochuodho said the meeting, in its fourth edition, will provide a platform for stakeholders to converge, network, transact and share success stories from around the world.

“For a globally distributed entity that remits over Sh200 billion annually, the Kenyan diaspora…