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Kenyan churches blame gov’t for blasts at rally
Associated Press 6/14/2010
A group of anti-abortion Kenyan churches and Christian groups on Monday blamed Kenya’s government for involvement in two explosions that ripped through a packed rally protesting the country’s proposed constitution.
The accusation over Sunday evening’s attack could set a contentious tone between the groups supporting and opposing the draft constitution, which the country votes on in early August. The most divisive issue in the proposed constitution is on abortion, which the draft would allow to save the mother’s life.
Kenya’s president and prime minister support the new constitution, and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden urged Kenyans to embrace constitutional reform during a speech here last week. But prominent politicians and Kenya’s church community want the draft defeated because of its allowances for abortion and a clause that would recognize informal courts used by Kenya’s Islamic community.
“Having been informed over and over that the passage of the new constitution during the referendum is a government project, we are left in no doubt that the government, either directly or indirectly, had a hand in this attack. Who else in this country holds explosive devices?” said a statement signed by the National Council of Churches of Kenya and 14 other churches and groups.
Two blasts ripped through a downtown Nairobi park at dusk Sunday as a rally against the draft was concluding. Some of the victims suffered severe injuries from the blasts, but others were wounded as the crowd of thousands stampeded out of the park after the second explosion.
Authorities on Sunday said five people had died, but police on Monday said they had found a sixth body — a 51-year-old man with shrapnel wounds in a car next to the park. He was believed to have been injured in the blast and stumbled to his car, where he died.
Paramilitary police combed through Uhuru Park on Monday for clues. They walked in a long horizontal line through the expansive field of grass.
Backers against the draft said the explosions would not deter their campaign, and the group of churches said they also held the ‘yes’ campaign to pass the new constitution responsible for the blasts.
“We therefore hold the government and the Yes team responsible for the attack and for the blood that was shed unless they prove to Kenyans that someone else planted and detonated the devices,” the group said.
The last major bombing in Nairobi was in 1998, when the U.S. embassies here and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, were hit simultaneously, killing 225 people in an attack blamed on al-Qaida.
From the BBC:
The rally was organised by Christian groups opposed to a draft constitution because it retains recognition of existing Islamic courts and includes a clause on abortion.
Kenyans are due to vote on the new constitution in a referendum in August.
Victim of Nairobi blast, 13 June At least 20 people were injured in the Nairobi blast
As part of a power-sharing deal to end deadly riots following elections in December 2007, it was agreed that a new constitution would be written.
Both supporters of Mr Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki generally support the draft constitution.
The document provides for greater checks on presidential powers and more regional devolution.
However, Christian church leaders are campaigning for a “No” vote after an amendment to abolish abortion on medical grounds failed.
Supporters of the new constitution deny that it opens the door to legalised abortions.
Christian church leaders also oppose the continued recognition in the draft document of Islamic family courts.
The Islamic Kadhi courts – set up under British colonial rule – mainly deal with matters of marriage and inheritance for Kenya’s Muslim minority.
On December 10, 1974, the United States National Security Council promulgated National Security Study Memorandum 200 (NSSM-200), also called The Kissinger Report. This document explicitly laid out a detailed strategy by which the United States would aggressively promote population control in developing nations in order to regulate (or have better access to) the natural resources of these countries.
In order to protect U.S. commercial interests, NSSM-200 cited a number of factors that could interrupt the smooth flow of materials from lesser-developed countries, LDCs as it called them, to the United States, including a large population of anti-imperialist youth, who must, according to NSSM-200, be limited by population control. The document identified 13 nations by name that would be primary targets of U.S.-funded population control efforts.
According to NSSM-200, elements of the implementation of population control programs could include: a) the legalization of abortion; b) financial incentives for countries to increase their abortion, sterilization and contraception-use rates; c) indoctrination of children; and d) mandatory population control, and coercion of other forms, such as withholding disaster and food aid unless an LDC implements population control programs.
While the CIA and Departments of State and Defense have issued hundreds of papers on population control and national security, the U.S. government has never renounced NSSM-200, but has only amended certain portions of its policy. NSSM-200, therefore, remains the foundational document on population control issued by the United States government.
In June of 2010 Vice President Joe Biden supported the proposed eugenic and pro-abortion draft constitution – for “Major American Development Programs and Investments” – ( NSSM200?)
See video below:
The NO campaign team was in Sotik to drum support for their side ahead of the August referendum on the proposed constitution. The leaders led by higher education minister William Ruto used the land chapter as basis for rejection of the proposed set of laws. The group argued that allowing parliament to set limits on the minimum and maximum land one can own will discriminate small scale farmers. The NO campaigners also took issue with visiting American Vice President Joe Biden’s endorsement of the proposed constitution.
Learn more about NSSM 200, Black Genocide, and others who paid a price for opposing legalized abortions (like Samuel Yette) aimed at Africans in the documentary: Maafa21: