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Kenya : Churches and Muslim Leaders Urge Rejection of Contentious MoU

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“The Church reiterates its stand that the MoU should be rejected by all Kenyans who believe in the equality of all without discrimination of the basis of religion,”

November 30, 2007 Kenya (CISA) – Evangelical churches and some Muslim leaders want the contentious memorandum of understanding signed between presidential candidate Raila Odinga and an Islamic lobby group rescinded.

The agreement enjoins the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) to deliver the Muslim vote to Odinga in the December 27 election. Odinga will in return protect Muslim interests if he becomes president.

“The Church reiterates its stand that the MoU should be rejected by all Kenyans who believe in the equality of all without discrimination of the basis of religion,” 14 evangelical leaders said in a statement on Wednesday.

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The 14 leaders of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya doubted the authenticity of the document that was made public, noting that the MoU was published nearly three months since its signing in August and only after considerable pressure from Kenyans.

Kenya is a democracy, they said, where the rights and responsibilities of all citizens regardless of religion, ethnicity, race or gender are guaranteed by the Constitution.

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“It would be dangerous for our young democracy if any group that felt aggrieved were to sidestep the legal process and enter into secret MoUs with individual leaders. Such secret agreements pose a serious threat to constitutionalism and the rule of law.”

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