Raila Odinga in Yatta with Kalonzo Musyoka.
Raila Odinga in Yatta with Kalonzo Musyoka.

To voice their displeasure with what they said were President William Ruto's Kenya Kwanza government's repressive administrative practices, opposition politician Raila Odinga led his soldiers in secession negotiations yesterday.

Azimio leaders announced they would start gathering signatures from Kenyans unhappy with Dr. Ruto's style of governance on Tuesday of next week to request the UN split the country into two republics as they gathered for prayers at Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka's Yatta farm in Machakos County.

The process began when Mr. Odinga claimed that it was finally time to seek independence since the Kenya Kwanza government had failed to address their concerns.

"We won't allow that to happen," said Mr. Odinga. "They stole the election process and forced themselves on the nation. Now they want to guarantee that all Kenyans are turned into impoverished people by severe taxes.

He accused Dr. Ruto of ignoring the complaints of Kenyans about the elevated cost of living and said that independence was the final alternative because Kenyans could not withstand repressive rule for the next five years. Among the opening speakers at the prayer gathering were the ODM leader and Mr. Musyoka.

Before giving their foot troops the opportunity to explain the strategy, they proclaimed that there would be nothing to tax without participation.

They claimed that Dr. Ruto was forced into office against the preferences of a large proportion of Kenyan voters by the Supreme Court and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Concerning Dr. Ruto's intention to govern with a ferocious hand, Mr. Odinga especially charged MPs from Azimio associates who had defected to Kenya Kwanza with undermining multi-party governance.

"Whether you agree with it or not, they paid MPs to join their party to increase their numbers in the August House so that they could pass any laws they desired without giving any consideration to Kenyans' problems," according to Mr. Odinga.

"They are now boasting that the contentious Finance Bill will be overwhelmingly approved by the National Assembly," he continued.

He said that the current poisonous political climate made it pointless to continue the bipartisan negotiations and advised the MPs and senators from Azimio who were participating to stay away.

According to Mr. Odinga, Kenya has reached a moment when the populace will reclaim the authority formerly granted to the ruling class and choose their future course of action.

"In order to maintain their hold on power and hide the electoral injustices, they devised a strategy to dismantle political parties after manipulating the elections," according to Mr. Odinga.

Jeremiah Kioni, the secretary general of Jubilee, and Mwangi wa Iria, the former governor of Murang'a, were also in attendance. "We will soon be travelling to New York to ask the UN to divide this nation into two," Mr. Kioni said.


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