Sunday, May 9, 2010

A New Constitution is Divine , Kibaki Declares

President Kibaki has declared that the push for the new Constitution was unstoppable, arguing that it had been ordained by God.

The President who spoke in Bondo said it had taken the country long to get a new document but said that there was a reason previous attempts had failed.

“I have been around for long enough and I know we will succeed. We have tried many times in the past and others have died along the way. We will succeed because it has been ordained by God,” he said during the burial of Dr William Odongo Omamo in Kapiyo village in Bondo district Saturday.

Strategise

He added that those who had expressed fears in certain provisions of the Proposed Constitution should instead strategise for post referendum reforms.

“This document may not be all perfect but no single disease can be treated once. It may take some time but eventually it will be cured”.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who also attended the ceremony, predicted that more clerics would abandon their push for the NO vote and endorse the draft, saying that the government was determined to rallying all Kenyans to support the document.

“We are looking forward to a new beginning. Even those who are saying NO will say Yes before we go to the referendum. But even those who do not agree with certain sections, this is not the end, constitution making is a continuous process”.

The principals spoke as the Church leadership launched their push for the rejection of the Proposed Constitution over the provisions of the Kadhi’s court and abortion.

Stir emotions

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) asked MPs to keep away from stirring emotions over the new law, saying that it was no longer on their hands.

“A lot of people have died in the constitution making process even at the hands of some of the incumbent MPs. If you are opposed to any provisions please leave it to posterity to put it right, time is up for us," said secretary general Francis Atwoli.

President Kibaki eulogised Dr Omamo as a witty politician, who was non discriminatory in his resolve to uplift the standards of framing throughout the country during his helm at the Agriculture Ministry.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga described his as true example of a democrat, who knew that political rivalry was not political enmity.

Maseno South Diocese of the Anglican Church Bishop Francis Mwai Abiero urged a section of the church leaders to back the new law, saying that they should instead concentrate on a post referendum reforms.

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