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Anglicans free to back green or red

Sunday May 30 2010

By NATION Team

The Anglican Church of Kenya will not persuade its faithful to vote against the draft constitution.

Speaking in Nakuru on Sunday the church’s head, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, urged ACK members to read and understand the document and make an informed decision in the August 4 referendum.

He said members of the church were free to choose the stand they wanted but urged them to maintain peace throughout the campaign and the referendum period.

In Kakamega, a bishop on Sunday accused politicians of trying to create divisions among religious leaders in Western Province.

Bishop Nicholas Olumasai of the Kakamega Fellowship Church said some politicians were dishing out money to some clergymen opposed to the proposed constitution to divide the ‘No’ camp.

“What is happening is unacceptable,” Bishop Olumasai said.

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In Baringo Central, four MPs ran into trouble when they took their ‘Yes’ campaign to Muchongoi area.

Residents refused to take copies of the draft constitution from assistant ministers Nderitu Muriithi (Industrialisation), Kabando wa Kabando (Youth Affairs and Sports) and MPs Jeremiah Kioni and Maison Leshoomo (nominated).

Wananchi said they had already made up their minds and were only waiting for the referendum day to cast their ‘No’ vote.”

In Gem, three MPs warned that the Church would lose the battle over the constitution. 

Planning assistant minister Peter Kenneth, joint chief whip Jakoyo Midiwo and Bura MP Mohammed Noor said churches were wasting time and resources in opposing the proposed constitution.

They were speaking at the funeral of Mrs Joan Magoha, mother of the University of Nairobi vice-chancellor, Prof George Magoha.

In Nairobi, retired Presbyterian clergyman Timothy Njoya on Sunday accused Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta of frustrating the process by not providing adequate money for civic education.

He said the minister would face the wrath of wananchi unless he released the money this week. Rev Njoya also accused churches of sanitising the ‘No’ campaigns.