By David Ochami
A visiting US Congressman says he will seek investigation of Republican and rightwing Christians funding the âNoâ camp.
Rhode Islandâs Patrick Kennedy argues Kenyaâs fundamentalist Christians have successfully harnessed the US rightwing to their agenda through a campaign of misinformation and half-truths.
"The moral outrage of the Church should be on infant mortality occurring from preventable causes and poverty," Kennedy said.
The nephew of slain US President JF Kennedy says he will write to the Congress Oversight Committee next week seeking a full disclosure of groups funding opponents of Kenyaâs Proposed Constitution and amount of money donated.
"We will write to the Committee on Oversight to ask for a hearing on all money donated to the âNoâ campaign," he said and added that about $250,000 has been disbursed to the âNoâ coffers.
He added: "We will seek a subpoena to bring in folks involved. We need to know who they are."
And Minnesotaâs Keith Ellison, also visiting Kenya, says he will support such hearings. Elison is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress.
Kennedyâs disclosure in Nairobi on Friday comes amid reports that Republican opponents of President Barack Obama intend to introduce a Motion in the House of Representatives, to censure the US President for allegedly supporting the proposed charter, which fundamentalist Christians allege supports abortion.
The congressman added that Republicans hope to use the divisive issue of abortion "to make the President look bad."
"Abortion is extremely polarising in America and opponents of President Obama are using it to attack the President," Ellison said on Friday.
They said if Kenyan Christian clergy are pro-life, they ought to support the proposed laws because the biggest threat to life is lack of clean water and other basic amenities.