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    Secession talks gaining traction in post-election Kenya

    APA-Nairobi (Kenya)

    Following the conclusion of the August 8 elections, a section of Kenyans intend to file a petition with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights, amidst call for secession and their right of self-determination to form their own state.

    A group championed by David Ndii, key strategist of the opposition party National Super Alliance (NASA), intends to lodge the petition at the commission headquartered in Banjul, The Gambia, following what they term as years of marginalization of specific communities, vote rigging and subsequent killing of opposition supporters in the wake of the polls.

    The petition being signed online is slowly gaining traction, triggering a national debate on the issue and seems to be gaining favour with opposition supporters, but is being chided by the ruling Jubilee administration supporters.

    The proponents want Kenya to be broken into People’s Republic of Kenya and Central Republic of Kenya, adding that there has been rampant discrimination against other communities in terms of basic human rights including distribution of national resources.

    Kenya held its elections on August 8, with the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta winner of the elections after polling 8.2 million votes, and NASA flagbearer and opposition leader Raila Odinga was declared second with 6.7 million votes.

    In their petition, the group has listed 28 communities out of the 44 communities who are willing to form their People’s Republic of Kenya.

    They said the communities shall have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination, as well as determine their political status and pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen.

    “In the wake of a rigged 2017 election and the subsequent killings and, in fact, ethnic cleansing taking place in the country, it is time we charted our own course as a people who believe in change,” the online petition reads in part.

    They charged that since independence, Kenya has been ruled by two dominant communities namely, the Kikuyu and the Kalenjins who have produced four presidents since 1963, further asserting that successive governments have perpetuated a culture of impunity through rigged elections that denies Kenyans from other tribes the ability to self-determine and even grow economically.

    “I think it's quite clear that if change will not come through the ballot, it will come through the bullet someday. People do not accept subjugation forever. Even slaves used to have uprisings,” Ndii said on Tuesday night during an interview with a leading local TV station.

    Already, NASA last Friday night lodged a petition with the Supreme Court in Nairobi, disputing the Presidential election results. The Supreme Court comprising seven judges is expected to determine the matter within 14 days of filing the petition, with the first public hearing slated for Saturday.

    Ndii who is a renowned economist told NTV that in the case the court does not rule in their favour, they might call their supporters to participate in mass action, saying that the “coalition is ready.”

    On Tuesday, opposition leader Raila Odinga voiced his mistrust of the court, saying that seven judges cannot determine the destiny of millions of Kenyan voters.

    The government has, however, not officially responded to the petitioners.

    However, renowned political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi on Thursday hit out at Ndii, saying that NASA is already blaming him for their election loss.

    "When madness of a nation disturbs a solitary mind; it is not enough to call him mad. NASA blames David Ndii for loss. Is he disturbed or mad?" Ngunyi who politically leans towards the Jubilee administration asked on his twitter account.

    The secession talks echoes similar calls by the Mombasa Republic Council, which over the years has been calling for secession of the coastal strip following “marginalization” of the communities by successive governments.

    The outlawed group was formed in 1999 to address perceived political and economic discrimination against the people of the coastal province, and claims that Mombasa and the coastal area are not part of Kenya and, therefore, should secede.


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