Kenya Constitution: Yes and No teams hold parallel rallies
Nairobi (Alshahid) – The government of Kenya led by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga attended a Yes campaign rally on Saturday at Uhuru Park Nairobi capital where they were joined by a majority of Muslim leaders.
The President urged Kenyans to maintain peace in their campaigns.
“Even those opposed to this proposed Constitution are still our brothers. They are not enemies,” President Kibaki said.
The President call upon those in attendance to go out and convince others opposed to the constitution to rethink their positions.
“Let us continue talking to those who are not with us, because when we all get together, we will succeed,” he added.
The Prime Minister Raila Odinga on his part said the campaign is yet to start especially after the 30 days of civic education by the Committee of Experts.
“This is not a campaign, we are yet to start campaigning for the new Constitution, this is just an exercise of civic education,” he said.
The PM revealed that there were many rallies lined up for “all parts of the country” which they will traverse with President Kibaki to rally support for the proposed Constitution.
Odinga urged Kenyans to pass the proposed constitution since the process of making the law has been long and tedious.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka told the supporters he was firmly in the Yes camp, but was repeatedly booed throughout his speech.
The rally was attended by 25 Cabinet ministers and assistant ministers and over 65 MPs.
Others who addressed the meeting included Deputy Prime Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi, representatives of various political parties and Cabinet ministers representing the eight provinces.
The meeting follows another held by Christians and politicians mainly from Rift Valley at the same venue to oppose the proposed law.
Elsewhere, the ‘No’ team led by Higher Education Minister William Ruto joined church leaders in a NO campaign at Mulu Mutisya gardens in Machakos.
Ruto and Information Minister Samuel Phogisio said they would continue to reject the draft unless it is amended. Ruto single the land clause saying it had the potential of creating chaos in the country.
He said there is no deadline to having the constitution as depicted by the Yes proponents.
Several church leaders led by Redeemed Bishop Wilfred Lai criticized the draft law.