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Kenya : Top Presidential Aspirant Pledges Preferential Option for Muslims

ICC Note

Leading presidential candidate in Kenyan presidential race promised to give preferential treatment to Muslims in his country if elected to the office of presidency.

November 27, 2007 Kenya (CISA) – Muslims will get privileged national status if leading presidential candidate Raila Odinga wins the December 27 elections, according to a Memorandum of Understanding made public today.

A section of Muslim leaders signed the MoU with Odinga in August but only published it today, after three months of pressure by Christian leaders who wanted the terms of the agreement debated by all Kenyans.

Alleged copies of the MoU circulating earlier contained a raft of pledges to Muslims that could ignite interfaith turmoil in Kenya . But the document was dismissed as a forgery by Odinga and the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF)

The MoU read to the Press today by NAMLEF chairman Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi is short on details, but binds Raila to embrace Muslims “as his partner of choice” while serving as president of Kenya.

Within the first year of office, he would initiate “deliberate policies and programmes to redress historical, current and structural marginalization and injustices on Muslims in Kenya ,” including human rights violations and discrimination.

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