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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Church leaders vow to address contentious issues

Written By:KBC reporters , Posted: Sun, Aug 08, 2010

On the first Sunday after the referendum, several church leaders welcomed Kenyans verdict but called for a review of the clauses that proved contentious during the campaigns.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru of the Jesus Is Alive Ministries said the church would not give up its quest to have contentious issues resolved.

" Now we have a new constitution and it our the responsibility of all as Kenyans to work with what is there as we attend to the contentious issues" said the former Starehe MP

Her sentiments were echoed by Head of Christ is the Answer Ministries Bishop David Oginde.

Speaking at Nairobi Pentecostal Church, Valley Road Oginde said despite the outcome of the referendum results, the churches are still united in pushing for the amendments of the areas they are not comfortable with.

"It is clear that there were a number of irregularities in the just concluded referendum exercise. But as Christians we have resolved that the country has to move on,'' said Bishop Oginde.

In Mombasa, Anglican Church bishop Julius Kalu said the church has no apologies to make for opposing the new law that was endorsed by Kenyans.

Kalu said they will stand by their position adding that they continue to push for the necessary amendments to be made.

The leaders at the same time commended Kenyans for maintaining peace during and after the referendum. Bishop Kalu was speaking during a harvest service held for ASK show officials.

He said the church had not lost any moral credibility saying that it was only expressing God's law.

The Church has been opposed to article 26(4) that gives direction as to circumstances under which abortion may be permitted.

It also wants the Kadhi courts set up by an Act of Parliament and not the Constitution.

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