By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Tourism cabinet Secretary Najib Balala wants those who filed petition challenging the re election of President Uhuru Kenyatta to be bold enough and accept the ruling once the Supreme Court issues its verdict on the same.
Balala said he is optimistic that the petitions filed yesterday by former Kilome legislator Harun Mwau and Kelvin Njihia will die a natural death because they lack sound evidence to justify nullification of the repeat presidential elections.
“Just like what Uhuru did when the court nullified his election during the September 1 Supreme Court Ruling, these petitioners should also accept the same because they will lose miserably” Said Balala
Balala who was speaking after witnessing the opening of exams at Mama Ngina girls High school on Tuesday where 174 candidates are sitting for their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination KCSE, lashed on the petitioners saying they are dragging the economy of the country to the docks for no apparent reasons.
“Every time we go to elections our economy suffers a notch back and as we keep on waiting for these petitions to be cleared in court our country faces a lot of economic huddles due to the uncertainty of the situation” Balala added.
He singled out the Tourism sector saying the future is gloomy due to the political temperatures in the country and it must be brought to an conclusive end.
He said “Though Kenya remains to be a best tourist destination; tourists and Investors in this sector are not willing to take on chances for they are not sure of the eventuality of the political status in the country and have developed cold feet in initiating any investment programs in the country”
On Monday former Kilome Member of Parliament Harun Mwau filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging the validity of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in the October 26 fresh presidential elections.
Mwau claims the electoral commission and its chairman Wafula Chebukati failed to conduct the fresh elections in accordance with the Constitution and electoral laws as directed by the Supreme Court, hence, acted in contempt of court.
Petitioner Kelvin Njihia also filed an application at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) saying that the current Supreme Court bench, as constituted, is unfit to hear and determine a fresh presidential election petition on grounds that it does not meet both the constitutional threshold and technical aspect.
The Tourism CS has however advised Kenyan’s to engage and practice good politics for the country to economically grow hence called on locals to shun away from baseless and rhetoric politics that add no value to their lives.
Balala who was accompanied by the Mombasa County Education Director Abdikadir Kike and the County Commissioner Evans Achoki among others castigated the crusaders of the secession agenda terming them as spent force that are out to redeem their political careers.
He warned Kenyans to trade careful with the secession issue saying it’s likely to turn to be chaotic if recklessly handled.
“The secession call will create war amongst us hence divide the country at centre stage. There is no way you can talk of secession and fail to talk about eviction that’s why I warn you in advance to desist from engaging yourselves in such baseless talks” Balala insisted.
He added that those agitating for the secession are out to redeem themselves politically at the expense of the Coastal people adding that the 2010 Constitution review largely addressed the plights of marginalized people and there is no reason for the secession.
He said the law is now very clear and that there is no room for such like calls adding that the crusaders are just but championing their own selfish interests.
“These people have realized that they will be rendered politically redundant come 2022 that’s why they pretend to be fighting for the people through secession but I want to tell them that they are wasting their time because their call will never come to pass” the charged CS stressed.
Both Mombasa and Kilifi Governors Ali Hassan Joho and Ammason Kingi respectively have since launched a campaign seeking to detach the coast region from the larger Kenya republic citing marginalization of their people.
Already Kilifi North law maker Dr Owen Baya has a bill at hand that he intends to table in parliament once it resumes its sittings to move for the secession of the coast Region.
The secession call has so far ignited a heated debate amongst the Coastal leaders with a section of them dismissing and terming it as ill advised agenda that seeks to benefit few individuals politically.
Mombasa Republican council MRC which went to court to seek orders to govern the Coast region as a self entity has so far distanced its self with the leaders calling for the secession.