31 Oct Press Release on Discussions between Members of the Kenyan Diaspora with Kongamano La Mageuzi
As part of its outreach to WaKenya, Kongamano La Mageuzi held a discussion on 31 October 2020 with Diaspora compatriots living in the United States. The purpose of the discussion was to share views on how the Diaspora could play a role in transforming Kenya, recognizing their financial, intellectual and numerical strength. The meeting explored further how to ensure that the interests of the Diaspora are taken into consideration by KLM-VUMA as it contests for political power.
Participants noted that the economic situation in the country is untenable. Youth unemployment is at a record high, as is the national debt. They noted that the COVID pandemic threatens to exacerbate the economic situation further, increase social unrest and diminish public trust in institutions, if theft of public resources is not curbed. Participants expressed deep regret that Kenyans in the Diaspora continue to be treated as second class citizens noting that ignoring the needs and views of over 3 million Kenyans with a 300 billion annual contribution to the economy is reprehensible.
KLM-VUMA committed itself to continue working closely with the Diaspora. It will ensure their participation in its political program and ensure their full citizenship rights and interests are taken care of when the movement forms the next government. To ensure full engagement in the work of KLM-VUMA, participants agreed to have regular meetings with Kenyans in the Diaspora. Noting the self-funding model of KLM-VUMA, participants agreed to explore ways of making financial and intellectual contributions to support its work.