This morning one of the most prestigious Dutch newspapers, NRC, reported on the referendum for the new Kenyan constitution. The current one stems from the early days of post-colonialism. Efforts to update it in 2005 failed due to disagreement between rivaling political f...ractions. The riots in 2008 were directly related to animosity concerning the new constitution. This time round the parties of PM Odinga and President Kibaki seem to agree.
Kibaki (left) and Odinga; in agreement about new constituion for Kenya
But there is something worrying us, and NRC. Once again it became clear that international - mainly US-based - orthodox Christian organizations try to interfere in decision processes taking place in Africa in a way that seems almost unethical by any standards. In a continent struggling with poverty, malnutrition, lack of women's rights, AIDS/HIV and other diseases, the Kenyan new constitution's article 26 that deals with abortion (not a general legalization, but one under strict conditions related to the well-being of the mother) urged active campaigning by TV Evangelist Pat Robertson (see picture below) and a group called The National Right to Life Committee.
Televangelist Pat Robertson: Focus on Africa