Diaspora National Assembly (DNA), a Diaspora body that mirrors
the Kenyan National Assembly, whose representation spurns across the
United States ,Europe , Canada and Asia and whose main objective is to
deliberate on issues affecting our country Kenya, have urged the Kenya Government to immediately commence on referendum talks without further delay.
The motion on the referendum that was introduced through their Whatsapp site and unanimously passed with many terming it just as Martin Luther King put it “the fiercest urgency of now’’. was seen by many as the right thing to do.
Members of the DNA recommended that a constitution that has the mandate of all Kenyans is the best as opposed to the current one enacted through Parliament resulting to many shortfalls.
The referendum must move to all corners of Kenya and also in the Diaspora to present their views. The same should not be limited to sharing of posts but all issues that affect the Diaspora like service delivery and being able to vie for public posts as dual citizens.
The referendum should cover even legal matters that affect those in Diaspora and are unable to travel due to the distance. In that respect, and considering that we are in the age of great technological expertise, courts should allow video charts conferencing and cases finalized while one is still in the Diaspora.
Diaspora can pull strings while many miles away and as such they should be made part of some Government decision making.
We as Diaspora have to give back to our motherland to reduce the current brain drain and we strongly feel that we can lobby for Governments posts without discrimination of status so long as one is a Kenyan citizen by birth.
It’s a high time we stop being regarded as a springboard for propaganda and start creating a platform that formulate and float ideas that can help our motherland.
Our remittances should reflect who we are and the same made to impact the economy if properly directed.
We may be remitting billions but if the same is not pumped back to the economy, it will yield nothing and just be like hiding treasure on the ground.
In that referendum we propose that The Diaspora should get a standalone ministry of Diaspora affairs just like most of Asian Tigers have, with emphasis to grow, maintain and develop Kenyan culture abroad with government services available to the Kenyan citizens within their jurisdictions and not compounded by or at foreign missions.
The Ministry should be headed by individuals currently living or lived in the Diaspora.
In conclusion, Diaspora must focus on our direct involvement to the process but not seen as spectators or observers. Our physical involvement in the BBI and the referendum we are proposing must include Diaspora members in the secretariat or in the task force that will be formed.
Dr D.K. GITAU
DIASPORA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
THE FULL DNA CABINET
DIASPORA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR 254
President of DNA- Hon. Architect Dr. D.K. Gitau-Alias Mr. Dee
Deputy President and leader of task force at DNA-Hon Professor Luke Nyatiki
Speaker Of the Diaspora National Assembly – Hon. Kuira Kabiru
Leader of Business CS at DNA and 254 Liaison Ambassador – Hon Alex Karundu
Official DNA Chaplain and Mentor Hon. Rev Dr. Penny Njoroge
Chief Whip and Secretary General at DNA-Hon. Albert Musasia
Education and Sports Affairs CS DNA- Hon. Prof. Jerono Rotich
Diaspora Ministry and CODU Affairs- DNA- Hon. Dr.Constance Mugalla
Sergeant at Arms and Diaspora Policies at DNA Hon. Silvester Mokaba
Diaspora Ministry and Gender Affairs at DNA- Hon Edith Kariuki
Women Ministry and Publicity CS at DNA-Hon. Lucy Karuri
Youth Affairs Ministry and Immigration CS at DNA- Hon. Bob Mwiti
Leader of Majority, publicity and Diaspora 2030 Agenda CS –Hon Mutuma Kailimba
Diaspora Interior Affairs and Security CS- Hon Jack Gatume
Diaspora Ministry Of Health CS- Hon Peninah Ndungu
Diaspora Foreign Affairs and Deportation Ministry CS- Hon Joe Mungai
Diaspora Devolution Ministry to liaise with State Assemblies CS- Hon Alex Momanyi
Diaspora Ministry of Information and State Diaspora Co-ordination CS-Hon Lily Mwelu Meyer.
Diaspora Ministry of Trade CS-Vacant
Total Active Members of Diaspora National Assembly for 254-176
PRESS RELEASE ON DIASPORA VIEWS ON BBI ALREADY OUT AND SENT TO VARIOUS GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT