Inflows from Kenyan diaspora deserve greater attention

Maurice Matumo (left), Co-operative Bank of Kenya's director of retail and business banking, with the financial institution's partners in diaspora business at the launch of its Diaspora Centre at Co-operative House in Nairobi on April 14, 2016. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Don’t the 10 million Filipino diaspora remit a hooping US$ 40 billion annually?

  • At a third the number, pro rata, the Kenyan diaspora should remit US$ 10-12 billion.

  • But we are not being that ambitious yet; we simply want a proof of concept.

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?


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