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Western elders File a Petition to Secede from Kenya.Want Abaluhya Kingdom

The controversial debate for parts of Kenya to secede has moved to the High Court with two western elders filing a petition seeking the self-rule of western Kenya.

In the petition filed September 28th at the Constitutional Division of the High Court,by Mr Alex Misigo Matisa and Mr Mathew Okwanda Mwilitsa are seeking for the formation of what used to be Eastern Province of Uganda under the colonial rule in order to have their own political future in a referendum.

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“The petitioners are personally and on behalf of their community urging the honourable court to be pleased to grant the people occupying the territory formerly known as the Eastern Province of Uganda leave to hold a referendum so as to exercise their right to determination in terms of their rights to nationality, territorial integrity, economic, social and culture as a people,” the petition,seen by The Daily Nation, reads in part.

They have sued the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Britain for demarcating the once united Abaluhya kingdom.

According to the petitioners, the colonial government turned down the demands by the Abaluhya community to have their own kingdom during the Lancaster House Talks in the United Kingdom that preceded Kenya’s Independence in 1963.

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Furthermore,the petitioners state the Luhya community was part of Uganda and their land was given to the then British East African Protectorate, now Kenya, against their will.

Mr Matisa lives in Vihiga County while Mr Mwilitsa is from  Kakamega County.



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