For a while now, uncertainty has plagued the Kenyan diaspora community’s role in connection to the country’s politics. It is a huge populous group that continues to be disenfranchised by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, with Machakos governor Dr. Alfred Mutua promising earlier this month to go to court and rectify this anomaly. However, Convener of the Kenya Diaspora Alliance, Dr. Shem Ochuodho is now revealing a plan by the diaspora community that is likely to cause outrage among Kenyans in the home country.
Shem Ochuodho was speaking when he made an appearance on KTN’s weekly show Wako Wapi from Karen. He was hosted by the show’s presenter, Mary Atwoli-Kilobi. It is a show that follows up the lives of previously famous people who have fallen from the radar to find out what they’re currently doing.
Kilobi asked him whether he had any political intentions heading to 2022, of which he was non-committal. Without clearly denying such plans, at the same time, he refused to confirm them. He complained about the monetization of politics in Kenya, which had in turn made the exercise quite an expensive one. Interestingly, immediately after decrying the high costs involved in Kenyan politics, Dr. Ochuodho revealed that even if he didn’t take part in the election himself, the option of funding a candidate was open not just to him but to the entire diaspora community.
Although he didn’t disclose whether they had a specific candidate in mind, he made it clear that such an option remained open to them.
Dr Ochuodho is Convener, Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA), a Federation of over 30 major Diaspora organizations with a nominal combined membership of 250,000+ Kenyans globally, and Trustee, Diaspora Investment Club (DICL), KDA’s business and investment start-up flagship, currently managing projects worth US$ 4 million.
Since 2008, he has been Senior Advisor, Ministry of Telecommunications & Postal Services, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), offering advisory and consultancy services to the Hon Minister, Ministry, and Government by extension. In 2010, he received the African Internaut Award from the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization(CTO/RSS). Previously, he was Executive Chairman of the African Regional Centre for Computing (ARCC) and Grand Jury Member of the World Summit Awards.
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