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'No' team faulted for blaming opponents

Monday June 14 2010

President Mwai Kibaki consoles a survivor of the Uhuru Park blast when he visited the patients at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. The 'Yes' secretariat Monday condemned their 'No' opponents for blaming it for the Sunday’s twin explosions at Uhuru park. Photo/PP

President Mwai Kibaki consoles a survivor of the Uhuru Park blasts when he visited the patients at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. The 'Yes' secretariat Monday condemned their 'No' opponents for blaming it for the Sunday’s twin explosions at Uhuru park. Photo/PPS 

By OLIVER MATHENGE

The 'Yes' secretariat Monday condemned their 'No' opponents for blaming it for the Sunday’s twin explosions at Uhuru park.

The 'Yes' national team leader Kiraitu Murungi termed the utterances by No' campaigners after the incident as unfortunate and urged Kenyans not to politicise the issue. He added that nobody can make such a conclusion immediately after such and incident since investigations were still ongoing.

“What they said is so unfortunate, unfair and judgmental as investigations are yet to be concluded,” the Energy minister said.

Some church leaders in the 'No' camp had accused the 'Yes' team of being behind the explosion. They were speaking at the Kenyatta National Hospital after they visited victims of the blasts admitted to the hospital.

“It’s definitely someone in the 'Yes' camp and I don’t know who,” said Pastor James Ng’ang’a of Neno Evangelism.

But on Monday, Mr Murungi condemned the incident saying the matter should not be politicised and used as empathy to the 'No' team.

In a statement signed by him and the 'Yes' national chief agent Prof Anyang Nyong’o, the Yes team appealed for calm, sobriety and peace during the campaign period ahead of the referendum.

“Never in history has a disaster of such monstrous magnitude happened during any electioneering period,” the statement read.

The 'Yes' team said that it stands for peaceful campaigns and that was the reason none of its members being accused of propagating hate speech and incitement.

They further called on government security agencies to investigate the matter quickly and bring those involved to book.

“We urge the government to leave no stone unturned and get into the root of this matter. The 'Yes' team wishes to urge those opposed to the passing of the new constitution to concentrate on real issues,” Mr Murungi read from the statement.