Kenya No Campaigners Start Work to Oppose Pro-Abortion Draft Constitution

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 7, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Kenya No Campaigners Start Work to Oppose Pro-Abortion Draft Constitution

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 7
, 2010

Nairobi, Kenya ( — The grassroots organizers of the No campaign on the pro-abortion draft constitution Kenya residents will vote on at the polls in August have started their campaign in earnest. Their effort to stop approval of the constitution comes after polling data shows a majority of Kenyans support it.

Tom Namwamba told the Capital News that the No campaign will begin on Wednesday with a large event at the Red Card Center in Upper Hill.

“I can assure you powerful statements will be made on that day,” he said. “We want Kenyans to know that they are in the trap if they accept the new constitution. We want to get them out of that trap."

Higher Education Minister William Ruto has become the de facto political leader of the No campaign but this grassroots effort will be more of a people’s response to the constitution, which contains language undermining Kenya’s history pro-life laws protecting women and unborn children.

“We need Kenyans to know that the ‘No’ team is not opposed to the new Constitution but what we are saying is we need a Constitution that measures to the expectations of all Kenyans,” Namwamba told the Capital News. “We need a Constitution that is people-based not government driven.”

President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga are heading up the Yes campaign and say they want to get the constitution approved and pass amendments to it later.

Though the overwhelming majority of Kenya residents are pro-life on abortion, and despite the fact that the draft Constitution would overturn the country’s pro-life laws, a new poll shows the majority of the residents of the eastern African nation will vote yes on the national referendum.

Voters are expected to head to the polls on August 4 to decide if they favor the draft Constitution, which contains loopholes allowing unlimited abortion.

Kenyan Christian Church leaders and the National Council of Churches of Kenya have led a campaign against the constitution over the pro-abortion provisions.

However, the Daily Nation newspaper reports market research firm Synovate released a new poll on Friday showing 57 percent of Kenyans will support the pro-abortion constitution while just 20 percent say they will reject it.

Approximately 19 percent of those polled still have no opinion or are undecided and four percent said they do not plan to vote.

On the Capital news web site un unscientific poll of readers has 6,504 people voting and 66 percent saying they will vote Yes and 34 percent saying they will vote No. The launch of the No campaign could move those numbers in their direction even further.


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