Dikembe Disembe [right] with a fellow participant Stephen Mwangi at US Fellowship programme at the University of Dayton in the state of Ohio
CORD’s outspoken Â social media blogger Dikembe Disembe is set to receive an outstanding achievement award by a US based new media think-tank for his outstanding contribution in the use of social media to frame complex political issues affecting Kenya with reference to young people.
Dikembe is said to have been selected by a panel of Kenyan university students studying in various colleges in the USA.
This award comes only weeks after allegations that Dikembe had been summoned to record a statement over hate-speech charges.
Dikembe who has extended his stay in the US for another one month will be a guest of the prestigious Africa Students National Forums which is being hosted by the US department of State and Indiana University school of Journalism.
Last year, Dikembe, then a Moi University student leader was among six Kenyan students selected to participate in a summer leadership programme at the elite Miami University – one of America’s most prestigious civic engagement centres.
After Indiana University, Dikembe will then fly back home. While back, however, the outspoken CORD blogger is expected to head to the High Court to answer charges related to Mpeketoni attacks.
So outraged are CORD youthful supporters that many have vowed to jam the court to show solidarity with him. More drama is expected at Moi University main campus where the students organization (MUSO) has warned it will go on rampage to protest government harassment of its former union leaders.
Apart from Dikembe, another Moi University former student leader and currently Mombasa senator Hassan Omar had also been summoned for hate-speech.
Meanwhile, the jubilee government continued with its summoning spree of top opposition leaders with allegation that CORD leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has been summoned by a Kibera Court.