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ICC Note

“ Kenya remains a secular state and all of us should strive to ensure the status quo is maintained. The MoU between Mr Odinga and his Muslim supporters is likely to trigger an avalanche of similar requests by other minor groupings,”

11/29/2007 Kenya (Daily Nation)-Kenyan churches Wednesday criticised ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga over the controversial Memorandum of Understanding signed with his Muslim supporters.

Fourteen churches under the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya called on Mr Odinga and the Muslim leaders to revoke the MoU and instead commit themselves to strengthening democracy through an open electoral process.

They called on Kenyans to reject the MoU signed by the National Muslim Leaders Forum (Namlef) on behalf of fellow Muslims.

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International Commission of Jurists chairman Wilfred Nderitu, speaking in his personal capacity, said it was wrong for politicians to enter into pacts with interest groups ahead of the elections.

“ Kenya remains a secular state and all of us should strive to ensure the status quo is maintained. The MoU between Mr Odinga and his Muslim supporters is likely to trigger an avalanche of similar requests by other minor groupings,” Mr Nderitu said.

Nothing wrong

And the Executive Director of the Institute of Education in Democracy (IED) Koki Muli said there was nothing wrong in signing of an MoU as it has been the practice in other parts of the world since the turn of the century. However, such pacts should be made public, she said.

In a statement Wednesday, the Evangelical Alliance that initially blew the whistle on the MoU questioned why it had taken almost three months for it to be made public.

“The rights and responsibilities of all citizens and groups are guaranteed by the Constitution and should be protected within the constitutional framework,” they said in the statement.

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They now want the ODM leader to state whether he would uphold the Constitution or honour the MoU were he to be elected.

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