Kenya’s draft constitution is under fire for leaving a path open to expand the kadhi (khadi) courts to include Sharia law. Today, an explosion at a protest rally in Nairobi has killed three and wounded seventy-five. Is it difficult to believe that the violence involved Sharia Law? This brings to mind the agreement that Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga reportedly signed to give an organization of Muslims their deeply held desire, that Sharia would rule in some portions of Kenya, in exchange for the Muslim vote. See more of that discussion below.
According to this Kenyan official the rally was a protest against the draft Constitution, which the country will vote on in August.
The blast took place in Uhuru Park in the middle of Nairobi. According to this article, the explosion was not the work of those protesting the draft Constitution:
A prominent backer of the campaign against the draft constitution, Agriculture Minister William Ruto, attended the rally.
“We want to tell those responsible for this that Kenya will not have a new constitution through intimidation, through blackmail, through bribery or through violence,” Ruto said.
In 2004, Christian leaders filed a lawsuit against the constitutionality of khadi. On May 31, 2010, a Mombasa high court dismissed the 2004 case filed by the Mombasa Pastors’ Fellowship.
Opponents of the khadi courts argue that the new constitution allows the courts to extend their jurisdiction from the majority-Muslim Kenyan coast across the whole country, which they claim will open the way to strict sharia law.
But on May 25, 2010, a three-judge panel ruled that khadi courts are discriminatory.
A three-judge panel said May 24 that the khadi court system, which arbitrates on matters of marriage and inheritance for Kenya’s Muslim minority, is discriminatory as it is based on religion. Kenyan law stipulates separation of church and state, though both the current constitution and the new draft constitution permit courts. A nationwide referendum on the draft constitution is set for Aug. 4.
If you remember the astounding news that Obama friend, or cousin, Raila Odinga signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Muslims to gain their support in Odinga’s bid for the presidency in 2008, then you can see that this possibility of creeping Sharia Law being a reality.
The Evangelical Alliance of Kenya printed the document on their website at the URL linked in this sentence. I saw the document many times as I was reading about the story, but today it is gone. There are many opinions as to whether or not the document was real. If it was real, it was signed on behalf of the National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF) by Chairman Adbullahi Abdi and on behalf of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) by Raila Amollo Odinga.
a) Ensure that the Coast Province shall henceforth be known as JIMBO LA PWANI and shall have full autonomy in Governance in all matters apart from National Defence and International Accreditation. In addition, while freedom of worship will be upheld [in the area] the Council of Islamic leaders shall be permitted to have an oversight role to monitor activities of ALL other religions and any applications for religious activities and institutions will require their approval. They shall have the right to deny approval to cults and other evil practices.
f) No Muslim residing in Kenya whether a citizen, visitor or relative of any of the above shall be subjected to any process involving the laws of a foreign country and in particular any Muslim arrested for or suspected of Terrorism or any other International crime shall only be tried within the borders of Kenya and shall be granted a competent lawyer of his/her choice at the expense of the Government.
g) Within 1 year facilitate the establishment of a Shariah court in every Kenyan divisional headquarters.
h) Popularize Islam, the only true religion, in the Coast and North Eastern Regions by ordering every primary school in Kenya in the regions to conduct daily Madrassa classes.
i) Impose a total ban on open-air-gospel crusades by worshippers of the cross in the Coast and North Eastern regions.
j) Outlaw gospel programs (preaching, purported faith healing, etc) on KBC, the National Broadcaster.
This blog looked into the truth of the matter and appears to have been present for some critical information. He says he heard it sworn swear in Nairobi’s Mumuia mosque, that this version is not the correct version:
Now, my interest is not about which is which or what is what about ODM and NAMLEF little secrets. O.K. sometimes it makes sense to first back down from your own truth so as to give room to “that divergent view.” That is why I for a brief moment hold it that this MoU I have seen is not the correct copy…
Since the ODM and NAMLEF have publicly admitted that they indeed signed an MOU, if what we have is not the correct version, then, for clarities sake, where is the correct copy?
Raila Odinga lost the election, but with the help of the U.N. he was shuttled into the government anyway, in the position of Prime Minister.
In 1998, two U.S. embassy bombings (Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) killed 258 and left more than 5,000 injured. The Egyptian Islamic Jihad was responsible – all connected to Osama bin Laden. So who caused this blast?