Kenyans mourn blast victims

21:21, June 17, 2010      

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Religious and political leaders held an emotional memorial services on Thursday for the victims of last Sunday blasts at the Uhuru Park which killed seven people and several others wounded.

During the service, Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka who strongly condemned the incident said that the government is handling the matter with the seriousness it deserves, with a view to bringing those responsible to book.

Musyoka reiterated his call for Kenyans to tolerate each other during this campaign period ahead of the referendum in August, saying everybody's views should be respected.

He said there is no bad blood between the church and the state, adding that it was high time leaders engaged in peaceful campaigns for the sake of unity and stability even after the referendum. "We want to talk to each other at every stage of the constitution making process. In fact, Deputy Prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Water Minister Charity Ngilu will continue to engage in dialogue with the church leaders so that we can get a common stand on matters of constitution," Musyoka said.

He regretted the incident terming it a cowardly act by people who do not believe in tolerance. Referred to the incident as crime against humanity, the VP also asked police to speed up investigation to ensure the perpetrators are prosecuted.

Religious leaders including ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and televangelist Mark Kariuki urged Kenyans not to feel intimated in the search for a good constitution.

Kariuki said that another rally that was scheduled for this weekend has been postponed to allow the church to mourn the tragic loss of its faithful.

So far the authorities are questioning three suspects in connection with Sunday's multiple explosions in central Nairobi.

The three persons are said to have received Short Messaging Service (SMSs) which investigators thought were suspicious.

The SMSs reportedly congratulated the recipients apparently for taking part in some event, possibly the attack on the prayer meeting.

Source: Xinhua


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