Photos:Raila,Joho meets Diaspora Kenyans in Belgium
Kenyans in the Diaspora should organise themselves, unite and speak with a common voice, Cord leader Raila Odinga has said.
Raila said they are key to the country’s growth.
“You’re economically, socially and industrially very significant to the future of the Republic of Kenya,” he said.
He was speaking at the Association of Kenyans in Belgium and Luxembourg secretariat in Brussels on Monday evening.
The Cord leader added that the large number of Kenyans living abroad clearly indicates that the Diaspora vote counts.
He urged them to visit the country, participate in governance and use social media to help shape Kenya’s destiny.
“It’s not just your money we need, it’s your contribution, your participation and your commitment to the cause. It doesn’t cost,” he noted.
Raila was flanked by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho, who reminded Kenyans of the available opportunities at the coast.
The association’s president, Doreen Walsweer, highlighted the need to embrace the culture of ‘best practice principle,’ saying it will ensure that Kenya adopts common international values for addressing common challenges.
The meeting was convened to explore how EU officials can forge security and democracy in Kenya.
It was organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation.
The German-based foundation advocates for development cooperation by fostering global peace, justice and freedom through engaging in civic education programs.