KENYA: Secession Calls Gain Momentum

  • A proposed map of a split Kenya. Source: #LetsTalkSecession

What started as a social media debate on the future of Kenya has now gained traction across the country and unsettled the political establishment. Kicked off by the distinguished Oxford-trained Kenyan economist, David Ndii, the calls to divide Kenya into two has seen emotions rise prompting a section of religious leaders to call for sobriety in resolving the differences among Kenyans.

Kenya’s Attorney General, Professor Githu Muigai, has said Kenya is a unitary state that cannot be split, but proponents insist deeply-rooted economic inequalities, extra-judicial killings and endemic election rigging has motivated their agitation. They point out the last three presidential elections, which they posit have been rigged against opposition leader Raila Odinga, and the talk among some leaders that they “own Kenya” as classic cases of exclusive leadership that disenchanted citizens ought to rise against. Thus they want a new republic devoid of the flaws they feel continue to riddle President Uhuru Kenyatta-led regime.

@Disembe states: To be part of the new republic won’t be based on ethnicity but on one’s desire to live under: rule of law/true democracy

@Agot-Boniface says: You can kill people but you can’t kill an idea whose time has come. Bullets or talks, we’ll split this abusive country.

@RalakWallace opines: The coast beachline and minerals at the coast doesn’t help wapwani. It’s owned by the mafias not coasterians.

A 2010 report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) found out that Kenya is among the most unequal countries in the world, with 60% of the population living without basic health and education facilities. Many Kenyans feel that successive regimes tend to divert resources to their tribes and cast the rest of the country to the economic periphery. Since independence, the country has been ruled by two tribes, hence the strong ethnic sentiments.