Recent polls show Kenya’s new constitution has the support of nearly 60 percent of the populace. But some of the country’s Christians are a bit wary of where it will lead:
Much of the debate has focused on church groups’ opposition to two things. One is the Muslim courts that rule in matters of marriage, divorce and inheritance for believers. They are also enshrined in both the current constitution and the new draft, leading to opposition from Christian church groups playing on the fears of greater Muslim dominance in Kenya. The other hot issue is that the new version of the constitution explicitly states that abortion is legal in cases where the life of the mother is endangered, a proviso that currently exists only in the country’s legal code. Church groups fear the clause could open the door to wider abortions.