A National Super Alliance (NASA) Member of Parliament has drafted a Bill seeking to amend the constitution in order to allow for splitting of Kenya into two countries.
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma has sponsored the Bill dubbed, The Constitution of Kenya amendment bill 2017, which seeks to amend Article 5 of the Constitution to re-define Kenya’s territory.
“It is proposed to amend the Constitution of Kenya 2010 under 255(1)(b) and (2) of the Constitution as read together with Article 5 of the Constitution to redefine the territory of Kenya and allow for the creation of two new countries,” reads Kaluma’s draft as quoted by the Star.
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MP has already submitted the Bill to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for review. He will then be required to collected one million signatures from registered voters necessary to trigger a referendum.
Kaluma proposes the country be split into People's Republic of Kenya and Central Republic of Kenya.
Last week, Coast region leaders led by Mombasa and Kilifi Governors Hassan Joho and Amason Kingi vowed to push for secession of the region for what they termed as neglect by current and past administrations.
Speaking at a forum in the United States on Thursday, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga revealed the reason why the separation debate is beginning to gather pace in the country.
“The biggest problem in Kenya right now is exclusion. When you see people begin to talk about secession, it basically tells you here is something seriously wrong with Kenya that must be addressed or else the country tears apart,” said Raila.
Kaluma says that breakaway is the only way address evils of exclusion, tribalism, corruption, inequities, impunity and general bad governance that he says have dogged the country.