Homabay Town Member of Parliament Hon. George peter Kaluma has drafted a bill that seeks to have 40 counties secede from Kenya.
The bill seeks to amend the constitution to split to allow for creation of a new state and to exclude 40 named counties from Kenya and to establish those counties as a separate country and republic under the name “the People’s Republic of Kenya”. These counties include Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru Kitui, Machakos, makueni, Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo Marakwet, Nandi Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira and Nairobi City.
In the bill, Hon Peter Kaluma seeks to amend Chapter 2 Article 5 of the Constitution that defines the territory of Kenya. He seeks to exclude the above 40 counties from the territory of Kenya and to have them form a new country and republic. He also seeks to amend the First Schedule of the Constitution that lists the devolved units (counties) that make up Kenya. He seeks to delete the 40 counties from the First Schedule.
The MP states in the bill that successive regimes have violated the national values and principles of governance as set out in Article 10 of the Constitution.
- He accuses successive governments of entrenching ethnic discrimination and exclusion, injustice in public service and in distribution of natural resources. He notes that important appointments remain a preserve of just a few, that the national budget is skewed to benefit a few groups/communities/regions and that all other regions are marginalized and rendered mere tax payers.
- He accuses the current regime led by President Uhuru Kenyatta of undermining devolution and concentrating power and resources in the national government.
- He also reasons that previous regimes have captured the state and hold hostage and weaken parliament, commissions and independent offices in a bid to retain political and economic power.
- He also accuses the government of political assassinations, manipulation of ethnic census and voter register, flagrant rigging of elections and suppression of other groups/communities/regions not seen to be regime-friendly.
The secession debate has ragged on for a while in the country since the bungled 8th August general election and this bill seems to give life to that debate.
So what happens after this bill is tabled in parliament? We will be discussing that in our next article.