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Secession talks harmful to stability, envoys warn

European envoys have cautioned Coast leaders against advancing secession talks, saying the debate could injure the country’s stability and escalate the current political tension.

British high commissioner Nic Hailey said secession talks will not be helpful for national cohesion and instead urged Kenyans to hold genuine national conversation about the country’s welfare.

“This is, however, a chance for the country to have a conversation on how to end the sense of exclusion that some people feel and how to give everyone a stake in shaping the future of Kenya,” he noted.

The envoys made the remarks after a meeting with Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi. “We talked on how to strengthen inclusion and how to make devolution work.

The envoys agree that inclusion can work best in the Constitution which close to 70 per cent of Kenyans passed and uphold,” Stefano Dejak, European Union Ambassador, said. Last Friday, Coast leaders said since independence successive governments have allegedly marginalised and oppressed the region, adding that secession will be inevitab

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