More leaders from the Coast region have opposed the calls for the secession of the region being pushed by a section of opposition leaders led by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi.
Veteran Mombasa politicians led by former MPs Ramadhan Kajembe, Suleiman Shakombo and Mohamed Jahazi asked Joho to drop the separation talks and focus on delivering services to the people of the coastal county.
Shakombo, a former MP for Likoni, has accused Joho of using the secession push as a diversionary tactic to cover up his failures, but warned him to change tact if he wants to retain political relevance in the future.
“We don’t support any secession rhetoric, these are sentiments of a person who has failed to deliver in his first term,” said Shakombo during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Tononoka grounds on Tuesday.
On his part, former MP Ramadhan Kajembe said: “Our leaders are leading us to the wrong direction. There is nothing to celebrate while in the Opposition. It is time we should think on the right direction. There is no future for us as Mombasa residents if our leaders continue to keep us in the Opposition."
Jahazi, who is also the chairman of the Mombasa Council of Elders echoed Kajembe's sentiment and accused coast region MPs of blindly following National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga.
“Our leaders have lost track, there is no other President apart from Uhuru Kenyatta and snubbing the celebrations is a show of lack of patriotism,” said Jahazi.
Kaya council of elders, Jubilee leaders from the coast and former secessionist group Mombasa Republic Council have also distanced themselves from the calls for self determination by Joho's team.