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KENYANS ABROAD HAVE A DUTY TO INVEST BACK HOME

Kenyans in true patriotic spirit commemorated Madaraka day by remembering and honouring the brave men and women who died in fighting to liberate this country from colonial rule.

Today, hundreds of young men and women are risking their lives in service to our nation as part of the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) group dispatched to Somalia under the African Union peace keeping mission there.

Its not lost to many that like their loved ones in the service, spouses, parents, siblings and children also make a deep sacrifice when a loved one goes to serve their country in war prone areas.

Renowned author Ngugi wa Thiongo made his first visit to State House to a warm welcome from the President Uhuru Kenyatta- son of Founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

Uhuru urged the award winning author, who went into self exile in 1982, to return home, saying the country needed Ngugi’s many talents.

“My quick condemnation of people who leave Africa to live in the US, Europe or Asia has been long overdue.Our continent needs scholars , reformers, business leaders and scientists.”

Kenya has crossed magnanimous milestones in the last few years and there has been noteworthy changes in the way things are run in government.

For the Kenyans who push through their daily lives to make ends meet at home , they have a distorted view of their fellow citizens overseas who insistently seem to be subject of brain drain.

And this has been a long standing debate among Kenyans and Africans generally.

My quick condemnation of people who leave Africa to live in the US, Europe or Asia has been long overdue but maybe those who leave express genuine concern for their well being once they are back.

However Kenya truly needs them: scholars, reformers, business leaders and scientists who do not serve Kenya but contribute immensely in the countries in which they reside in.

What if they came back and enriched Kenya, today?

Unlike before, there is equality before the law, and as the President emphasised, political will to enforce significant change in the country prevails.

Perhaps the government should start operation Turudi Nyumbani.

This article was published on the People Daily June 13-14, 2015/PEOPLE WEEKEND.

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