By Peter Kombe & Mwakwaya Raymond Mwakwaya
Politicians from the Coast Region aligned to the National Super Alliance NASA Coalition have officially launched their bid to delink the Coast Region from the Republic of Kenya.
The leaders drawn from different parts of the Region have begun the long journey of secession process that is geared towards achieving self determination amongst the coastal dwellers.
Addressing journalists in Mombasa on Friday Kilifi County Senator Stewart Madzayo said the consultative process will seek the help of both local and international legal practitioners in an effort to making the dream a reality.
Madzayo accused both the past and the current regimes of having marginalized the coastal people for decades thus calling for the fulfillment of the secession quest of the coast region.
“We have both local and international lawyers we are working with.” Madzayo stated.
Sometime back Kilifi North legislator Dr Owen Baya had indicated that he would sponsor a motion in parliament seeking to have Coast region detached from the central government and form its own entity.
Baya said the bill is ready and it’s awaiting to be tabled before the parliament once it resumes its sittings.
At the same time, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho noted that the secession process is a new dawn for the coastal dwellers as they are geared towards achieving self determination.
The governor said very soon they will be conducting consultative meetings in various parts of the coast region including all citizens from the grassroots in a bid to realize the dream.
“We shall go down to the grassroots level, engaging the ordinary citizen in the whole process.” Joho insisted
On the other hand his Kilifi counterpart governor Amason Jefwa Kingi indicated how the process will involve various stakeholders including among others the elderly, youth groups Religious leaders in advocating for the rights of the coastal people.
“We will engage all stakeholders including the elderly, the youths, and religious leaders in advocating for this dream.” Kingi exclaimed.
He admitted that despite the challenges they are yet to face their dream has to be realized in the long run.
The Kilifi county boss stated that they will involve all the residents hailing from the coast region insisting that they are not inclined on tribal ethnicity.
“We shall not work on tribal lines but will include all people living within the coast region.” He said
Also in attendance were lawmakers Abdulswammad Nassir (Mvita) Suleiman Dor (Msambweni) Paul Katana (Kaloleni) Ali Mbogo (Kisauni) Senators Mohammed Faki (Mombasa) Senator Issa Juma Boy Kwale County.