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Former ACK leader queries Church's ability over new law

Sunday April 18 2010

Retired Anglican Church archbishop David Gitari after addressing a sermon at the All Saints Cathedral, April 18, 2010. Photo/Hezron Njoroge

Retired Anglican Church archbishop David Gitari after addressing a sermon at the All Saints Cathedral, April 18, 2010. Photo/Hezron Njoroge 

By CASPER WAITHAKA

Retired Anglican Archbishop, David Gitari, threw his weight behind the Draft Constitution on Sunday, questioning the ability of Church leaders opposed to the document to convince Kenyans to reject it.

Speaking at the All Saints Cathedral while delivering a sermon, he said voting either 'Yes' or 'No' are both evils. “Here we are looking at the lesser evil which is voting for the draft... I wish there was a way we can revise the draft,” he said, and challenged Christians to have faith that Kenya will get a good Constitution.

“Even as we pray we should always be ready to take risks,” he pointing out that, “Blessed are those who believe what they cannot see.”

On the ability of the Church leaders to rally Kenyans against the draft the retired prelate said, “How sure are they to have mwananchi following their deal.”

He added that the Church had failed the people in the past and does not have monopoly of truth.

The retired Bishop also lashed at the Members of Parliament who walked out rejecting all the amendments, “I don't know what the MPs are made as I saw them walk out even when very important amendments were presented before the House.

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“Their actions caused disunity and confusion,” he noted.

He also said that with the kadhi courts’, Christians should be very careful that the constitution is not embattled between the christians and Muslims.

“I personally fought against it but if the more than 80 per cent Christian MPs were not able to raise quorum and walked out, how sure are we to get the support of the mwananchi,” he added.

Dr Gitari singled out the issue of abortion saying that the Church does not know everything and should always give a benefit of doubt to the doctor and the woman.