Over the last few days, talk of secession in Kenya has been a popular topic of discussion among Kenyans.
According to a petition by David Ndii, Kenya has consistently been ruled by two communities out of the 44 that make up the country and this has led to uneven distribution of national resources.
David Ndii, writing on behalf of the people of Western Kenya, North West Kenya and Coast, claims the said regions have been marginalized and therefore, Kenya should be split.
But have Nyanza and Western regions really been marginalized? That’s the question the new Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) chairman, Mr Mohammed Hersi, attempts to answer in a Facebook post.
The former CEO of Heritage Hotels claims to have toured the Nyanza region and found no marginalization but opportunities galore.
Read his full post below.
The views expressed below are personal and do not reflect the views of Nairobi wire.
“Secession talk due to alleged marginalization and mainly in Nyanza and Western Kenya. I am sure some candor will help.
What will North Eastern, good Part of Ukambani say where even nature has marginalized them? If it is historical injustice no place has suffered like the 5 counties of Garissa. Wajir. Mandera . Marsabit & Isiolo. I recall posting my own challenges growing up in Marsabit.
I had the privilege to drive around the gulf in Lake Victoria which is mainly the 10% or so of our share of Lake Victoria.
6 permanent rivers flowing into the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world. Come to North Eastern and Ukambani even good parts of Muranga where there are no rivers. Arid and semi arid.
The road network as shown in the images are A1 and I will tell you for free go drive from Makutano via Muranga to Nyeri it’s terrible. I saw the best road network in Kisumu Siaya and Homa Bay, pictures don’t lie. North Eastern Garisaa to Mandera are now being promised but do you see them lament? They make the best entrepreneurs and hustlers.
The Mbita causeway that was blocking fish and water from the main Lake Victoria forcing our people to go fish in Uganda will now be a thing of the past. Thanks to the beautiful bridge and once again fish can easily breed in the Gulf area.
Kisumu International Airport, tell me how many other counties have International airports.? The county fathers should be inviting investors to grow fruits and horticulture for export. Kisumu International airport is dead from 8 pm when we should be exporting fresh produce as cargo.
Well educated and warm people. I spent 7 days with locals in Kisumu, Luanda K’Oteno, Asmebo Bay, Mbita, Rusinga all the way on Mfangano. Everyone I met was warm and nice to me. They only need to be shown direction and empower them.
Opportunities galore in that region.
Maybe you don’t appreciate what you got because you are used to it but I will tell you for free you have NOT been marginalized. It is all in the mind.
You may not necessarily agree with me but it is only fair I tell you what gold mine you are sitting on.
This talk of secession is nothing but hot air, it is not a walk in the park to secede go ask Eritrea 35 years wait or even South Sudan 40 + years wait then a mess, Somaliland has been chasing for recognition 20+ years. Please go make your counties work. We should be fighting for more funds to the counties but we must also stand up to confront the waste in the counties with the same energy we fight the national government.
Let us debate
As always I choose to remain an optimist”
Secession talk due to alleged marginalization and mainly in Nyanza and Western Kenya. I am sure some…