- Mr Herya said the secession decision arose from historical injustices meted on the region.
- He said for peace to prevail in the country, it is necessary for every region to receive equal attention from the national government.
- Mr Herya cited the rampant land injustices in the Coast and lack of title deeds as some reasons for secession calls.
The National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Lamu Branch has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to listen to coastal leaders who are pushing for the secession of the region.
Addressing journalists in his office on Monday, Lamu NCCK Chairman Charles Herya said the council seeks to have the government understand why coastal leaders want to secede before harshly judging them.
Mr Herya said the secession decision arose from historical injustices meted on the region and which have never been addressed by any regime.
He pointed out at the many extra-judicial killings of the youth and clerics in the Coast which have never been explained as another cause of disaffection among the residents.
“People shouldn’t be quick to judge those calling for secession of the Coast region. They should first ask why such an idea is reached at in the first place.
“In my view, I feel the Coast leaders are not really after secession but are demanding for their grievances to be heard and [addressed]. That’s justifiable.
“We have witnessed clerics being killed in various parts of the Coast. Youth have disappeared without a trace after they were reported to have been arrested by police. In such cases, justice has never been served. People feel they aren’t protected. They feel they are better off on their own,” said Mr Herya.
Mr Herya, who is also the archdeacon of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) in the region, said at the moment, Coast people feel left out of the rest of Kenya hence prompting them to harbour the thought of having their own country where they will feel they are part and parcel of the government and all associated processes, unlike now.