The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has given Homa Bay Town Member of Parliament, Peter Kaluma, the go-ahead to present his secession Bill by either presenting it to Parliament or seek popular vote by Kenyans in support of the initiative.
Kaluma’s bill seeks to have 40 counties secede from the rest of Kenya to form an alternative country – the People’s Republic of Kenya.
Now, the electoral body Chairman Mr Wafula Chebukati has on Monday, November 13, reportedly allowed the legislator to proceed with his secession draft Bill.
Kaluma, just like his Nasa colleagues, believes President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Jubilee administration rigged the August and October elections, emasculated the Parliament, commissions and independent offices; and ran a systematic suppression of other groups and communities.
Should Kaluma go the Parliament way, he would have to introduce his controversial Bill to either House and convince a mandatory 2/3 to support it if it is to survive.
But should the constitutional lawyer seek amendment by popular initiative, he would be required to have acquired one million registered voters’ signatures.
Still, Kaluma must convince a majority of the 47 county assemblies to support his initiative before it is taken to Parliament for ascent by a majority vote.
If either house fails to pass it, the Bill would then be submitted to Kenyans for a national referendum.