In Summary
  • Dr Makodingo argues that the four counties had heeded calls by their leaders to boycott and disrupt the repeat presidential election.
  • Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma has also drafted a Bill seeking the secession of 40 counties.
  • The BillS can be passed either through a parliamentary initiative or through a referendum.

A voter has drafted a Bill seeking the removal of 27 constituencies in the four Nyanza counties from the Republic of Kenya, while creating a new county called Kuria.

Dr Washington Makodingo, a public policy expert who has in the past leaned towards the ruling Jubilee administration, argues that the four counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori had been agitating to be excluded from the territory of Kenya.

The Bill further proposes the retention of Kuria West and Kuria East in the current Migori County, to form part of the new county to be created called Kuria, and the movement of the North West ward in Kisumu West Constituency to Vihiga County.

BOYCOTTED POLL

Dr Makodingo argues that the four counties had heeded calls by their leaders to boycott and disrupt the repeat presidential election in most of the constituencies on October 26, and, as a result, did not vote.

“The residents of these constituencies have continuously expressed their wish to be excluded from the territory of Kenya. The objective of this Bill is therefore to amend the Constitution to grant these residents their wish by excluding them from the territory of the Republic of Kenya,” Dr Makodingo argued in the draft Bill to be presented to Parliament.

KALUMA BILL

The draft Bill emerged Tuesday, just a day after Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma presented a Bill to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) seeking the secession of all but seven of Kenya’s 47 counties to form the People’s Republic of Kenya.

Apart from Central Kenya counties of Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Embu, and Tharaka Nithi, Mr Kaluma wants all the other 40 to break away from the united Kenya, alleging that they have been continually discriminated against by successive governments.

KIMEMIA

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