Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma wants Peoples Republic of Kenya be formed by 40 of the 47 counties in Kenya, while the rest will remain in Central Republic of Kenya once the country is broken into two.
In his secession draft Bill, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) MP suggests that Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Embu, and Tharaka-Nithi remain under one country while the rest will breakaway to form a new state.
Mr Kaluma claims that the 40 counties want to secede because they have constantly been secluded upon by current and past governments.
“The objective of the Bill is therefore 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,” says Mr Kaluma in the Bill.
Two weeks ago, Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi also vowed to push for the secession of the Coast region.
“You have heard it from the Coast, and we support it, that if things go on this way, let them (Jubilee government) have their own country, and we form ours,” Homa Bay Woma Rep Gladys Wanga told a rally at Nairobi’s Jacaranda Grounds on Sunday.
Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira and Nairobi are the fourty counties Kaluma wants to secede.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has already given Mr Kaluma a nod to present the Bill either through Parliament or by collecting one million signatures.
"The current administration has captured the state and totally emasculated Parliament, commissions and independent offices established to secure good governance," the draft Bill further reads.
If Kaluma presents the Bill Parliament, two-thirds of the members in the National Assembly (233 of the 349) and the Senate (45 of the 67) must support it for it to pass. It will then be tabled before the President who will direct IEBC to organize a referendum in 90 days.
Alternatively, the MP can opt to collect one million signatures, after which IEBC will present the Bill to all the 47 county assemblies and 24 counties must support it for it to be tabled in Parliament. Should Parliament fail to approve it as law, it will then be subjected to a referendum.