News / Africa

Mombasa Separatists Still Want Split from Kenya

Mombasa Republican Council wants to break off from Kenya despite moves to decentralize governmentMombasa Republican Council wants to break off from Kenya despite moves to decentralize government
x
Mombasa Republican Council wants to break off from Kenya despite moves to decentralize government
Mombasa Republican Council wants to break off from Kenya despite moves to decentralize government

Related Articles

Ricci Shryock
A Kenyan separatist group is not abandoning its call for secession, despite constitutional reforms that could give leaders from its region an increased voice in the national government.

Ali Saie, youth leader for the Mombasa Republican Council, says the constitutional reforms do not change their stance, because they still do not trust the national government. “In a way, the constitution is very good, if the national leaders are good,” Saie said. But he said “we expect nothing, they’re just bending the rules here.”

The Mombasa Republican Council has long advocated Kenya’s coastal region break away and form its own independent country, saying the region’s population is marginalized and poorly represented at the national level.

As part of Kenya’s new constitution, ratified in 2010 but not yet fully implemented, the country’s regions will be divided into 47 counties rather than the current eight provinces.  Each county will have representation in a national parliament and Senate.

But Saie said he does not believe the central leaders will allow these entities to have much power.

“The constitution says we will have a governor, senator and a member of parliament,” said Saie. “But then again, the national government is now forcing to put its people” as appointed county bosses, in addition to the elected representatives. And these bosses, he said, will interfere with the locally-elected officials.

The government has banned the Mombasa Republican Council, a move Saie said has created a roadblock to negotiations between the group and the government. “We told him [Prime Minister Raila Odinga] that we can’t talk with him until they remove the unlawful tag, the ban on our group.”

Shaukat Abdulrazed, a government official in Nairobi who is originally from the coastal region, said some of the grievances the MRC brings up are legitimate, such as a lack of jobs and educational opportunities in the region. But he does not believe separation is the answer. “Mombasa has always been and will always be a part of this country,” he said. “With the new constitution, we would like to take advantage of the diversity we have in the country.”

The first general elections under the new constitution will be held in March 2013.

Mombasa Republican Council's youth leader Ali Saie talks to Ricci Shryock about secession
Mombasa Republican Council's youth leader Ali Saie talks to Ricci Shryock about secessioni
|| 0:00:00
...    
🔇
X

You May Like

Tunnel Bombs Highlight Savagery of Aleppo Fight

Rebels have used tunneling tactic near government buildings, command posts or supply routes to set off explosives; they detonated their largest bomb this week under Syria's intelligence headquarters More

Sierra Leone Launches New Initiative to Stop Ebola Spread

Government hopes Infection and Prevention Control Units, IPC, will help protect patients and healthcare workers More

UN Official: Fight Against Terrorism Must Not Violate Human Rights

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says efforts by states to combat terrorism are resulting in large scale rights violations against the very citizens they claim to defend More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Video Claims to Show Shia Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boyi
X
Jeff Seldin
March 05, 2015 2:36 AM
A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
Video

Video Video Claims to Show Shia Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

A graphic mobile phone video is spreading on the Internet, claiming to show Iraqi forces or Shia militia executing a handcuffed Sunni boy. Experts have yet to verify the video, but already Islamic State followers are publicizing it across social media, playing on deep-rooted sectarian fears. VOA’s Jeff Seldin reports.
Video

Video Ukrainian Authorities Struggle to Secure a Divided Mariupol

Since last month's cease-fire went into effect, shelling around the port city of Mariupol has decreased, but it is thought pro-Russian separatists remain poised to attack. For the city’s authorities, a major challenge is gaining the trust of residents, while at the same time rooting out informants who are passing sensitive information to the rebels. Patrick Wells reports for VOA.
Video

Video Volunteer Gauge-Watchers Help Fine-Tune Weather Science

An observation system called CoCoRaHS is working to improve weather science, thanks to thousands of volunteers across the country who measure precipitation in their own backyards, then share their data through the Internet. VOA's Shelley Schlender reports.
Video

Video NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Muslims Radicalized Online

Young Muslims are being radicalized ‘in their bedrooms’ through direct contact with Islamic State or ISIL fighters via the Internet, according to terror experts. There are growing concerns that authorities and Internet providers are not doing enough to counter online extremism - which analysts say is spread by a prolific network of online supporters around the world. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video African Americans Recall 1960s Fight For Voting Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and thousands of people will gather in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama, Saturday, March 7 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday." VOA’s Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960s.
Video

Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
Video

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More