Controversial economist David Ndii, currently the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) Chief Strategist, has hit the headlines over his recent calls for secession of some parts of the Kenya.
In a petition dubbed, "Petition for Self Determination", the opposition coalition technical team head, talks about "forced marriage" where communities in the western and coastal regions of Kenya have been held captive by some communities, who he says has held Kenya captive since independence.
In the document, Ndii suggests and supports a secession of some tribes from the 'main' tribes.
Part of the petition reads: “We the people of Western Kenya (Luo, Luhya, Tesos, Kisii, Kuria), Coastal Kenya (Swahilis, Mijikendas, Pokomos, Giriamas, Taitas, Tavetas,) North West Kenya (Turkana, Pokot)…intends to file a communication/complaint with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjul…to grant us our human rights of self-determination of forming our own state…” the petition reads in part.
The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights or the “Banjul Charter” is an international human rights instrument that intends to protect human rights and basic freedoms in Africa.
Article 20 of the Banjul Charter declares that “All peoples shall have the right to existence…they shall freely determine their political status and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen.”
53 states, including Kenya have signed and ratified the Banjul Charter.
Ndii has been talking about the topic in his weekly column on Daily Nation. In an article in 2016, he wrote about parting ways of "Mt Kenya n
Nation" and the "Luo Nation".
“ Kenya is a cruel marriage, it’s time we talk divorce ” published in March 2016, the economist calls for a secession into a “Mt. Kenya Nation” and a “Luo Nation” arguing that Kenya is “more ethnically polarised and angry than ever before”.
“When people find that they cannot live together they part company. Kenya is for the most part an abusive relationship. It is about time we start talking about ending it. This ought not be a difficult conversation.”
“When people find that they cannot live together they part company. Kenya is for the most part an abusive relationship. It is about time we start talking about ending it. This ought not be a difficult conversation.” his article read.