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IEBC gives secession bill a go ahead, Kenyans react
By Wambui Mbuthia | Updated Nov 14, 2017 at 10:30 EAT
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma
  • Homa Bay Mp Peter Kaluma has handed over his draft bill to IEBC seeking the secession of 40 out of 47 Counties.
  • The fate of the bill, which has already been passed by IEBC now lies in the manner in which Kaluma will get support.
  • He may chose to have it debated in Parliament or garner one million signatures.

A draft bill prepared by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma for scrutiny by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) seeks the secession of 40 out of 47 Counties.

The bill states that all other counties should separate from Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Embu, and Tharaka-Nithi. This 7 Counties make up the Mt. Kenya region.

He wants Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, and Bomet to join Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, and Taita Taveta from the Coast, Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera from north eastern, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni from eastern, and Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Busia from western.

Nyanza bastion of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira are not left behind while Nairobi County remains to be Kenya’s ‘perfect battleground’.

Mr. Kaluma says that the government has “rigged elections, emasculated Parliament, commissions and independent offices, and had run a systemic and systematic suppression of the other groups and communities”.

He therefore feels that the 40 Counties have been left out over and over by successive governments and that funds have not been distributed equally among the Counties.

“The objective of the Bill is to amend the Constitution to split to allow for the creation of a new state to give effect to the aspirations of the people of Kenya,” said Kaluma.

IEBC has given Mr Kaluma the green light to present the Bill either through Parliament or by collecting one million signatures in support of the initiative.

If he garners support from two-thirds of the members in the National Assembly (233 of the 349) and the Senate (45 of the 67), the speakers will then present it to the President.

National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga in New Jersey said that the calls for secession is not from just rigging of elections but from Kenyans growing tired of the current state of the country.

Session talks were first heard when Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi called for secession of the Coast.

Mr. Kaluma’s bill has raised talks on social media with Kenyans giving their views about it.

Most think it is a fair move while others think that the Opposition is being selfish.

Raila odinga has tried soo much to put an end to electral fraud but they opposed all his efforts. -2007 they killed democracy
-2013 democracy was stripped naked
-2017(Aug) we caught them pants down.
-2017(oct) The truth came out

Now we want out New Nation.
SECESSION BILL— Hon.Tom Akwiri (@Tom_Akwiri) November 13, 2017

You can't understand the Secession Bill unless you acknowledge the anger and alienation of a huge chunk of the population @okothkenneth @WanjikuRevolt @JFJustice @AfUncensored @salimlone— Gabriel Dolan (@GabrielDolan1) November 13, 2017

Since we, the poor militias don't contribute 2 ur economy, perennially lose elections, demo for no reason & shoot our babies dead just 2 blame u, isn't supporting SECESSION BILL good for u?
Let us be ruled by our "Lord of poverty" as u enjoy "peace"#Resist— Feisal Awale (@Feiawale) November 14, 2017

I will support the "SECESSION BILL" bill ones it is forwarded to senate. Kaluma tuko pamoja. I also want to state categorically that i support @DavidNdii @HassanAliJoho @governorkingi secession ideas "SECESSION BILL"— ledama ole kina (@ledamalekina) November 13, 2017

Secession bill is just one of the numerous means we'll use to bring desired freedom to our people #Resist— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdingaFact) November 13, 2017

Thank you peter Kaluma for presenting the SECESSION BILL to IEBC! We don't need gullible people like Ekuru Aukot and DP Ruto in people's republic of Kenya! #Resist— Amakanji Thomas (@AmakanjiThomas) November 13, 2017

Peter Kaluma says ALL counties will secede EXCEPT; Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Embu & Tharaka Nithi. This secession bill should be included in the list of JOKES of the year 2017. It will fall flat like the Okoa Kenya, that these guys collected fake Signatures.— Atanas (@Atanasi_) November 14, 2017

I support the SECESSION Bill. This marriage is not working. It would be best perhaps to divorce. It won't be easy obviously. When is life ever easy.— Resist (@Mzalendogirl) November 14, 2017

Kenya has so much debt, if the "Secession Bill" goes through, who will pay those debts? Second, will there be new currencies for the two new nations? Third, will the two new nations come up with their own constitutions? Just a few things to think about— Kennedy Gitahi (@kennedy_gitahi) November 14, 2017

"Secession Bill" is godsent. Divorce after decades of election rigging and blatant declaration that only two communities can rule Kenya.— Francis Ndirangu (@zumuni) November 14, 2017

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