NEWS 2005


Lobbies want House to hold fresh talks on proposed law

Story by NATION Correspondents
Publication Date: 9/17/2005


Three lobby groups want Parliament to reconvene and examine afresh the contentious clauses in the proposed Constitution.

The Parents Caucus, Pro-Life and Heart Beat Kenya have requested for a meeting with the Kenya Episcopal Conference to lobby Parliament to reconvene. 

Groups coordinators Maximilia Muninzwa, Margaret Muchau, Jane Mukuha and Agatha Wangeci say if the proposed law is passed, it would not represent true family values.

"We have to do something quickly, as we fear that abortion would be legalised, family values seriously eroded and the sanctity of human life not respected," Ms Wangeci said.

"The bishops should not have taken the stand they took. Abortion is being legalised through the back door. I share the sentiments made by my sisters," Ms Muninzwa said. 

Some of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission members had earlier raised their concerns on the proposed law. They asked the bishops, as shepherds of the church, to lead the way.

Calls for the suspension of the November referendum on the proposed law intensified yesterday, with teachers in Nyamira District asking President Kibaki to postpone the vote.

The Nyamira Kenya National Union of Teachers branch executive secretary Richard Ngoge Kibagendi said debate on the proposed Constitution had divided the country.

"It is high time the President suspended the exercise until the disputed sections are ironed out," Mr Kibagendi said.

At the same time, civic leaders in Kisii District demanded an urgent meeting with their MPs to discuss the proposed new Constitution.

Union officials, who included Knut branch chairman Charles Ombui and treasurer Victor Nyangaya claimed that the proposed law was inconsistent on educational issues.

They said: "We can't afford to have teachers employed by district governments..."