Coast professionals and opinion leaders reject secession proposal

The coast secession talk, which was started by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, has remained a hot topic for the last three days.

On Friday, Joho and Kingi led over 12 MPs, senators and a woman representative to announce their intention of declaring to pursue self-rule of the coast six counties.

Joho and Kingi were all against secession between 2012 and 2013 when the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), an out-lawed separatist group was agitating for the same.

Today, coast professional and opinion leaders wondered why Joho and Kingi, who were once against secession are now championing for break-away from Kenya.

They said Joho and Kingi are totally misleading their supporters on the secession talk.

John Munga, the vice chairperson of Kauma Council of Elders, said secession will lead to a lot of bloodshed in Kenya if Joho and Kingi are allowed to continue with that talk.

“This is a dangerous talk. The leaders ought to sit together and forge a way forward of developing the region rather than calling for self-rule,” said Munga.

He said the leaders needs to preach cohesion.

“What will happen when we secede? The Luos, Kambas and other upcountry people living in the coast will be forced to leave. Our people working in Nairobi and other parts of the region will also be attacked and forced to leave. We do not want this to happen,” he said.

Youth Secretary General Coast RegionYouth Oversight Movement Wilson loomak,caution Governor Ali hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi on using youth within the region to cause violence on their secession agenda.

Michael Tinga,a grass-root political leader from kilifi county, called upon Mombasa and kilifi leaders to starts vote of no confidence on the two governors leadership failure by collect signature from the residents to remove them from the office.

George Fondo said it is utterly surprising that Governor Kingi and Kilifi senator stewart Madazyo are talking about secession and they are victims of attack by the MRC members who were calling for self-rule in 2012.

“Kingi and Madzayo were attacked by MRC members during a campaign rally in Mtwapa in 2012. They have forgotten,” said Fondo.

“Is Governor Kingi saying that his attackers were doing the right thing?”

Zakaria Yahya, a member of the Somali business community in Mombasa, said the secession talk is dangerous to the region’s economy.

“Since July, the business community has been largely affected by the political tension in the country. We are glad that the elections came to an end, but it’s unfortunate that governors are now coming up with something else to keep the political temperatures high,” said Yahya.