Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho and leaders drawn from the coast region have vowed to push for secession of the coast from Kenya.
Speaking during a media briefing on Friday, the leaders claimed that the region has been sidelined by the current and past governments, and hence the need to split from the rest of the country.
Joho, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, 12 MPs and 4 senators have threatened to mobilize support both locally and internationally to achieve the separation.
“The journey to realise secession for the coastal people has just began,” Joho following meeting at his office in Mombasa. “This is just but the beginning of a consultative process that will involve abroad network of people to be able to realise our dream.”
Joho said they were engaging local and international lawyers as well as the clergy and other relevant groups to support their bid to de-link the coast from rest of the country.
“We understand that there will be challenges, but what we know for sure is that whatever the challenges we will get where we want to be and we will realise our dream,” Joho said.
“We are not going to use any illegal means. If anyone tries to link us with any group, that won’t work at all,” Joho added.
Kilifi governor Amason Kingi said they would involve coast residents in the matter. “We have decided that we are going to engage the Coastal people and get their views on the same,” he said.