You go to war slowly.
Before some wayward intellectual or political mentor tries to sanitize the thought, let me say that secession means war declared. It is a war between the central government and the separatist movement- the secessionists. It is a war between the majority and the minority. It is a war that nobody needs or wants. But it is war.
In a democracy the majority determine who shall be the leader or leaders. We are lucky that our founding fathers chose a centralized government in 1964. Otherwise the counties (Jimbos) would all have started their own banana republics most of which would have been gobbled up by socialist Tanzania or socialist Uganda or communist Somalia or even communist Sudan, depending on their location! Or been annexed by a Kenyan entity. Mzee Kenyatta said in 1964 that Kenya was strong because of our diversity. Can one advance any reason to rebut that assertion?
Africa is reeling under the threat of secession. Over thirty separatist movements exist. In Angola they demand the creation of Democratic Republic of Lunda-Tchokwé (República Democrática da Lunda-Tchokwé) (RDLT) made up of the traditional Lunda-Tchokwé Kingdom. They have a government in exile founded and led by Dr. Jota Filipe Malakito.
Angola also has to contend with the Forças Armadas de Cabinda (FAC) (Armed Forces of Cabinda) in a long-running battle to create a Republic of Cabinda. They have a government in exile named Frente para a Libertação do Enclave de Cabinda (FLEC) (Front for the Liberation of the Cabinda Enclave). Cabinda produces the bulk of Angola’s oil. Active since 1975.
In Cameroon the Calabars of the Bakassi Peninsula propose to establish the Democratic Republic of Bakassi fronted by Bakassi Movement for Self-Determination and backed by Bakassi Freedom Fighters. Active since 2006.
In South Cameroon the ethnic groups there have proposed the creation of The Federal Republic of Southern Cameroon (Ambazonia-declared 2006). The Southern Cameroons National Council is backed by a youth group and the armed Southern Cameroon Peoples Organization.
Within the Central African Republic a rebel Muslim movement Séléka declared The Republic of Logone or Dar el Kuti in 2015. It is not recognized internationally.
In the Comoros, two islands Anjouan and Mohéli are struggling to create the Republic of Anjouan and the Democratic Republic of Mwali respectively.
In the Republic of the Congo various groups want to establish the State of South Congo around Brazzaville and the Kingdom of Loango.
Next door, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo there are those who are pressing for the creation of the Kingdom of Kongo, the Republic of Katanga around Lububashi backed by Mai Mai Kata Katanga and the United Republic of Kivu around Kwili, Kivu and Bukavu.
In the Equatorial Guinea, the Bubi ethnic group want Bioko Island which they inhabit, made a country. They are outnumbered by Fernandinos and Fang immigrants from the mainland.
Nearer home in Ethiopia the Afar Liberation Front are out to create the Islamic State of Afaria.
The Gambela People’s Liberation Front is pushing for a Gambela Republic as three armed groups have their eyes trained on The Republic of Ogadenia.
The Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) was formed in 1973 and has been fighting for the secession of Oromia from Ethiopia to form the Republic of Oromia. Since then they have been joined by Oromo Independence Movement, Islamic Front for the Liberation of Oromia, Conference of Oromiya Peoples Liberation Front, Oromo Youth Revolutionary Movement also known as Abiddaa)
In the Sidama Zone, the Sidama Liberation Front is fighting for the recognition of the Republic of Sidama.
In Mali, the Tuareg, Songhai, Fula and Arabs-cum-Moors root for the recognition of the State of Azawad. Their militancy is overseen by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad.
In Namibia, the Lozi ethnic group, want a Free State of Caprivi Strip-Itenge. The Caprivi African National Union (CANU) and the Caprivi Liberation Army are on the ground.
In Nigeria the Igbo have been pushing for a Republic of Biafra since 1967. Bilie Human Rights Initiative Political party, Biafran Congress Party (BCP), Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, The Indigenous People of Biafra, Biafra Zionist Movement, Biafra Government in exile are the result of the quest.
In Senegal, the Diola ethnic group founded a separatist movement in 1982 to establish the Republic of Cassamance and still they struggle.
In Western Sahara, the Polisario Front (PF) is a secessionist movement seeking to end the Moroccan presence in Western Sahara. The Polisario Front was formed in 1973 by a group of Sahrawi students and a few Sahrawi men who served in the Spanish Army.
In Somalia, Somaliland Ethnic group have through various political organizations created the Government of Somaliland. The militant organization is called the Somaliland Armed Forces. In Southern Sudan, the South Sudan Nuerland Ethnic Group want to create its own republic through the Nuer Militant organization called the Nuer White Army formerly known as SPLA-Nasir (1991 – 1994). There is an ongoing insurgency. Then there is the Sudan Darfur Ethnic groups i.e. Fur, Zaghawe and Masalit, which propose a Darful State. They are supported by the militant Darfur Liberation Front. There is an ongoing war in Darfur.
In Tanzania the Civic United Front (which is a member of Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) based in Zanzibar and Pemba want to secede but with little advancement.
In Uganda, the Baganda want to establish the Kingdom of Buganda as a de facto autonomous area. They are backed by the Kingdom of Buganda Youth movement. In addition, from the Rwenzururu Ethnic group – the Konjo people are keen to found the Yiira Republic.
In Zambia, the Barotse Ethnic Group has proposed the The Lozi State. They are backed by the Barotseland Militant organization otherwise known as the Barotse Patriotic Front.
Lastly, in Zimbabwe, the Matabele Ethnic Group wants a country of its own called Matabeleland, Mthwakazi Free State. The militant wing is called the Mthwakazi Liberation Front (M.L.F.) and their political wing is the Matabeleland Freedom Party (MFP).
So far none of these have shown any signs of proximate success. Is this what we want to subject our people in Kenya to?