Already, Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi have called for the secession of the Coast, calls that have been supported by other opposition-leaning politicians.
“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.
The counties from the Rift that Mr Kaluma wants to secede are Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, and Bomet.
The 14 will then join Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, and Taita Taveta from the Coast, Garissa, Wajir, and Mandera from north eastern, Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni from eastern, and Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma, and Busia from western.
Others are those in opposition chief Raila Odinga’s Nyanza bastion of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, with Nairobi City – Kenya’s “perfect battleground” – being the 25th county.
Already, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has given Mr Kaluma the green light to present the Bill either through Parliament or by collecting one million signatures in support of the initiative.
Should he choose the parliamentary initiative way, Mr Kaluma will have to convince two-thirds of the members in the National Assembly (233 of the 349) and the Senate (45 of the 67) to support it, another tall order considering Jubilee Party’s almost absolute majority in the two Houses.
After the Bill has been passed, the Speakers of the two Houses will present it to the President, who will then require the IEBC to conduct a referendum within 90 days.
Similarly, the opposition MP can cause the Bill to be passed through the popular initiative by having one million signatures to back it, and upon certification of the signatures, the IEBC will then send the Bill to all the 47 county assemblies, out of which at least 24 must support it for it to be sent to Parliament.
If passed by a majority of the two Houses, it will be signed to law by the President.
If any of the two Houses fails to pass the Bill to law, it will then be subjected to a referendum where all Kenyan voters will be eligible to vote on it, with a simple majority taking the day.