Elections were bitter, divisive even, but secession is not the solution
THE RECENT elections in Kenya made for a bad and deeply divisive moment. If one took the example of the presidential election, where security agencies and electoral bodies failed to be neutral, credible and fair, then, one would understand the current bitter feelings.
Among those feeling done in by the elections is Governor Ali Hasan Joho of Mombasa County, who has joined a dozen members of parliament from the region pushing for secession of Coastal province from mainland Kenya. This is obviously a political reaction to the entrenched culture of electoral fraud in Kenya. Such reactions are deeply emotional and must be shunned by politicians.
It is true that Kenya has now receded into an abyss of political decay, but we need the right approaches in our struggle against such failures of electoral democracy. An attempt to balkanise Kenya will bring more suffering to the people.
The unfortunate thing about those pushing for secession in their efforts to punish Jubilee government is that electoral fraud and politics of discrimination are not only experienced at national level, but in local politics.
The idea of secession was adopted in Nigeria, Zanzibar, Pakistan, and Southern Sudan as well as in many other parts of the world but it did not work well. In the era of African politics being focused on the coming together of states to form economically viable blocs, the idea of secession does not help. What is to be done must be driven by the collective understanding that Kenya has now been rendered captive to a financial oligarch, an oligarch that has also become a political oligarch.
In order to overcome such forces of tyranny, the true patriots of Kenya’s struggle for inclusive and genuine governance must unite and keep on fighting. It is not going to be easy, it will take time, but the struggle must continue. Alexander Opicho Lodwar