The government has added its voice to the secession discussion, saying the National Super Alliance (NASA) strategist David Ndii can relocate to Somalia if he so wishes, following the August 8 elections outcome.
This is after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), announced that Uhuru Kenyatta trounced the Opposition leader Raila Odinga by a margin of close to 1.5 million votes.
Just recently, Ndii said during a live television interview that the coalition will call for mass action if the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in their favour.
“If change cannot come through the ballot, it will come through the bullet,” the Nasa strategist and and economist blared.
The government through its Spokesman Eric Kiraithe responded to Ndii’s controversial remarks via a press statement on Thursday, August 24.
Kiraithe touched on secession, which according to Ndii seeks to divide Kenya along political affiliations, a narrative that caused quite a stir among citizens even as the Opposition says mass action is in their to do list.
A petition seeking 15 million signatures is already being signed online and has so far convinced 18,026 people. The intention is to table it for consideration in the African Union’s judicial arm, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.
“If every time the candidate you support loses the election there is a secession, to provide him with the presidency through a section that supported him, what would happen to democracies like the US, UK and Kenya after these leaders are no longer viable? Is it that they will secede again?” the spokesperson wondered.
“Countries and nations are not about individual leaders. Political opinions are political opinions. For the people expressing that political opinion, it must be good for them but you cannot tell what is good for them in that opinion. So you leave them and they are entitled to that.” He added
Kiraithe warned that security forces will move in to stop actions that may threaten national stability.
“As a government, we have no intention or obligation of engaging political activists. They have their opinions but where they threaten security, security forces will be watching. As far as entitlement to your ideas is concerned, you can even decide to migrate and go to Somalia,” he said.
Adding: “That is the country where we have as many states as we have competing leaders, and maybe Libya and a few other examples we shudder to give because it is unfortunate for the progress of humankind.”
But according to Ndii who played a key role in Raila’s botched presidential campaigns, societies where ways for citizens to legitimately solve political disputes are blocked, people resort to using arms.
He went on to add that the National Super Alliance will not be cowed but will continue to resist even if police shoot at them.
“We will call for mass action. That is a definite. We have been calling for mass action since 1991 and we will not stop as long as some people try to restore dictatorship,” he noted.
Raila made an about turn and filed a petition at the Supreme Court to challenge the declaration of Uhuru as the winner of the presidential race, although he says he doesn’t believe the seven-judge bench will deliver justice.