NASA leaders ask supporters to boycott Safaricom, Bidco and Brookside as Joho calls for Coast secession

Nasa MPs at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi during what they described as the launch of Economic Liberation Program by the National Resistance Movement. PHOTO/COURTESY
By ABDULKARIM SHERMAN
newdesk@reporter.co.ke
The National Super Alliance (Nasa) MPs have asked supporters of their presidential candidate in the August 8 General Election Raila Odinga to boycott Safaricom, Bidco and Brookside as Coast leaders led Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho called for Coast secession
In Nairobi the National Resistance Movement (NRM) parliamentary wing officially launched boycott of products from the above companies claiming they support Jubilee.

Some of the Bidco products targeted for boycott.

“We will resist the products of these companies because they are beneficiaries of the regime that killed people in this country,” said Suna East MP Junet Mohamed.

The legislators spoke at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi during what they described as the launch of Economic Liberation Program by the National Resistance Movement.
The opposition alliance gave its supporters five days to find alternative products, saying the move is just the beginning of economic liberation in Kenya.

The MPs accused Safaricom of aiding rigging of August poll in favour of President Kenyatta, a claim the firm has denied and dismissed.
The Nasa leadership also accuses Brookside and Bidco of funding President Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party.
“These companies have denied Kenyans their right to elect their leaders in a democratic process,” Mr Mohamed said.
The MPs said they would start outreach programmes to tell their supporters about the boycott and alternatives.

Some of the Brookside Dairy products the Nasa MPs want their supporters to boycott.
And in Mombasa, Coast opposition leaders resolved to push for secession of the region for development and to protest of President Kenyatta’s re-election.
The more than 18 leaders on Friday accused current and past regimes of oppressing locals.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, who led the group, said they had started talks to ensure the break-away from Kenya succeeds.
The leaders— including 12 MPs, four senators— announced that they would use all legal means, both local and international, to achieve their ambition.

“The journey to realise secession for the coastal people has just began,” Mr Joho said after their meeting at his office at Treasury Square.

He said during the media briefing that they had began a consultative process that will involve abroad network of people to be able to realise their dream.
Mr Joho said local and international lawyers had been engaged to ensure the Coast delinks from the rest of the country for development.
He said they were set to hold a series of meetings with the clergy, elders, youth and “everyone else in the region so that it is not seen that the drive is by the elected leaders only.”
“We understand that there will be challenges, but what we know for sure is that whatever the challenges we will get where we want to be and we will realise our dream,” Mr Joho said.
The leaders said they were not going to be involved with any illegal groups, including the proscribed Mombasa Republican Council.

“We are not going to use any illegal means. If anyone tries to link us with any group, that won’t work at all,” Mr Joho said.

Mr Kingi said their ambition was in the interest of and would involve Kenyans.
“We have decided that we are going to engage the Coastal people and get their views on the same,” he said.
MPs Owen Baya, Abdulshamad Nassir, Mohamed Faki and Mr Madzayo and were selected to spearhead the push for secession.
Mr Baya has said he is preparing a bill to be presented to Parliament to allow the Coast to govern itself.
 

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