Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia, a former powerful secretary to the Cabinet and Internal Security permanent secretary, has opposed the secession talk, urging other governors to reject any move that would divide the country or result to chaos.
“The state of Kenya has remained robust and stable. We have gone into the second generation of devolution and we cannot celebrate this by destroying our country. As governors, we will be judged very harshly by history if we allow selfish people to destroy this country,” said Mr Kimemia after his executive committee members were sworn into office on Tuesday.
In the Bill by Dr Makodingo, the Jubilee-leaning policy expert, seeks to have an amendment of the Constitution to have the National Assembly be composed of 263 MPs from constituencies, 44 women selected from the counties, and 12 nominated members.
The Senate membership, he argues, should be amended to have 44 senators elected from each of the counties, 16 nominated women, two representing the youth, and two others representing persons with disability.
“Every person who was a citizen immediately before the effective date retains the same citizenship status as of that date except for citizens who, within ninety days of the effective date, choose to renounce their citizenship owing to their former counties no longer being within the territory of Kenya,” the Bill by Dr Makodingo states.
The Bill can be passed either through a parliamentary initiative, where two-thirds of each House support it, or through the popular initiative of collecting one million signatures, presenting the Bill to the 47 county assemblies of which 24 of them must ratify it, and then presenting it before Parliament.
And if any of the two Houses fail to pass it, the Bill will be subjected to a referendum where a simple majority will take the day.
Additional reporting by Waikwa Maina