During public engagements, Raila Odinga has been assuring his supporters that they have a plan B which to date he has not revealed. However, high-placed sources divulged that the Azimio team of legal experts is secretly pursuing a secession procedure and process that would lead to writing an official letter to the African Union asking for secession. Secession is simply a political divorce, countries like Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Slovenia were created through secession
By The Weekly Vision
Azimio leader Raila Odinga is finding himself in a catch 22-situation after President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Coalition used its numerical strength in parliament to pass the controversial Finance Bill which has now become law. The passage of the bill has left Mr Odinga and his Azimio brigade with little option left against President Ruto’s administration.
Although Mr Odinga and his team have put on a brave face claiming they will mobilize the people on the ground to reject the full implementation of the bill, the team has no room left but to move to the streets in demonstration. Focus is now on the planned public baraza on Tuesday at the historic Kamukunji grounds where Azimio will deliberate and announce their next course of action. Raila Odinga was out of the country the whole of last week but his team led by Narc-Kenya leader Martha Karua announced without elaborating on what they have up their sleeves ahead of the planned meeting. As things stand now, there is the possibility that Azimio will call for a fresh round of demonstrations starting on Thursday as a means of forcing the government to listen to the voice of the masses.
The passage of the Finance Bill is said to have exposed Mr Raila Odinga as a commander without soldiers. With only 88 loyal MPs who voted against the Bill, Azimio Coalition could soon disintegrate with more MPs joining President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza. Sources well versed with happenings in Azimio revealed that Mr Odinga has been holding meetings with the Azimio Council chaired by former Kakamega Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya to come up with a counter-action plan.
Already deep cracks seem to have emerged in the coalition over whether to proceed with the weekly demonstrations or to look for another plan since Kenyans might not be willing to come for demonstrations if announced. A section of Azimio leaders are said to be opposed to further mass action, they seek to revive the collapsed bi-partisan talks while others are pushing for the return of demonstrations.
During public engagements, Raila Odinga has been assuring his supporters that they have a plan B which to date he has not revealed. However, high-placed sources divulged that the Azimio team of legal experts are secretly pursuing a secession procedure and process that would lead to writing an official letter to the African Union asking for secession. Secession is simply a political divorce. According to Azimio’s legal team, secession is a process which commences once a group proclaims a declaration of independence. Going by past secession attempts in Africa, a secession attempt might be violent or peaceful, but the goal is the creation of a new State or entity independent from the group or territory it seceded from.
The Azimio team is relying on the fact that several countries like Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia were created through secession. In Africa, Eritrea and South Sudan were created through secession. Raila Odinga, according to sources is now focusing on secession which he claims if taken to referendum will carry the day and which will lead to the birth of a new country, the People’s Republic of Kenya.
Sources now say a push for secession is the only option left for Mr Raila Odinga but if the worst comes to the worst, he may seek a handshake with Ruto and honorably retire from active politics and support Kalonzo Musyoka and Martha Karua in the 2027 presidential elections.