The more than 10,000 filed at the Milimani High Court want the court to issue orders compelling the government through Attorney General Justin Muturi to cause a referendum to be held to enable them to leave Kenya.
“That the court orders the respondent (the Attorney General) to cause a referendum to be held for Luos to leave the state of Kenya and become their own state,” one of the orders they seek reads.
Led by Ojijo Ogillo Mark Parscal alleged that they are being discriminated against by the Kenyan government.
“We, the Luos of Kenya, guided by Article 20 of the African on Human and People’s Right (as adopted in 1981 in Nairobi, Kenya, and entered into force in 1986), hereby file a complaint with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Right, in Banjul, The Gambia; The United Nations Human Rights office; the East African Court; and the High Court of Kenya; to grant us our human rights of self-determination of forming our own state; as provided for in Article 20 (1) and 20 (2),” the court papers read in parts.
Ojijo claimed that since the country attained its independence; the Luo community has consistently been profiled, hated, abused, threatened, tortured, and harassed.
“Over 103 years since the declaration of Kenya as a colony by the colonialists in 1920, and up to 60 years after independence, Luos have consistently been profiled, hated, abused, threatened, tortured, and harassed,” he added.