A lobby group is seeking to petition President Uhuru Kenyatta to spearhead Kenya’s pulling out of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
“Commonwealth is the expression of the will of a superior directed to the inferior, a kind of a master and a dog relationship, dictating local business, economic decisions and government,” a petition from the Kenyan chapter of the Pan-African Movement
The group claims that Kenya’s membership in the Commonwealth threatens its sovereignty adding that the Commonwealth parent state, Britain, is not giving Kenya the opportunities it deserves.
It also notes that economic disparities between Kenya and its former colonial master have caused inequalities in the distribution of wealth, benefiting British corporations and multinationals that do not reciprocate.
The group states: “There is no free movement of capital, movement of people and labour from Kenya to Britain. It has been creating barriers for Kenyans wishing to enter Britain by imposing visa bans, and expensive and restrictive visa applications.”
The withdrawal should be done through a referendum, a parliamentary mechanism, an action by the Executive, or through the Judiciary.