Two explosions ripped through a park in Nairobi's capital during a packed political rally late Sunday, killing five people and wounding 75, officials said.
The rally was held to protest a draft constitution the country will vote on in August. The country's president and prime minister support it, but several prominent political leaders do not.
Prime Ministersaid officials don't yet know the cause of the blasts, but that they wounded 75 people. Dr. Charles Kabetu of Kenya's national hospital said five people had died.
''I want to say clearly that the government will do everything possible to get to the root of this incident. We must condemn this,'' Odinga said. ''Kenyans can decide peacefully what they want'' concerning the constitution.The campaign against the draft constitution opposes a clause that would allow abortion to save a mother's life.
Opponents also don't like a clause that would recognize informal courts used by Kenya's Islamic community.
YEAH, SURE. ODINGA - A MUSLIM AND OBAMA'S COUSIN, AND ADMIRER OF AHMADNIEJAD - FAVORS THE NEW CONSTITUTION WHICH GIVES SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO ISLAM.
Monday, May 24, 2010
UH-OH: "Kenya court rules Islamic courts are illegal"THE ISLAMISTS WON'T TAKE THIS COURT DECISION LYING DOWN.
I HAVE FEELING THIS MEANS KENYA IS HEADED FOR OUT-AND-OUT JIHADIST FUELED CIVIL WAR BY AUTUMN...
MORE HERE (FROM A KENYAN PAPER FEW WEEKS AGO):SO: THE BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN.
The government [INCLUDING OBAMA COUSIN PM RAILA ODINGA] is facing opposition from Christian churches, which have vowed to lead the ‘No’ campaign after talks to strike a deal on contentious issues in the new set of laws failed....
... Christian leaders are also opposed to the retention of kadhi’s courts in the proposed constitution under Article 169 and 170, which limit their authority to disputes over personal status, marriage, divorce or inheritance, where all the parties are Muslims and agree to take the case to a kadhi.
They have been joined in the ‘No’ campaign by a team of ODM leaders from the Rift Valley led by Higher Education minister William Ruto.
Others in the ‘No’ campaign include Kaddu leader Cyrus Jirongo and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi of Kanu.
The proposed constitution was published last Thursday.
I HAVE A FEELING THIS ISSUE WON'T BE RESOLVED BY THE REFERENDUM OR THE COURTS.
ISLAMISTS RESPECT NEITHER.
I PREDICT A BLOODY SECTARIAN CIVIL WAR. IT MAY VERY BEGIN ON REFERENDUM DAY ON AUGUST.