Kenyan civil rights groups oppose constitution re-write

Kenyan civil rights groups oppose constitution re-write

[JURIST] Opposition and civil rights groups in Kenya have called for three days of protests leading up to Friday's deadline for a proposed constitution, despite a ban on a planned protest march. The opposition accuses Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official website] and his government of diluting cross-party recommendations for re-writing the constitution and, primarily, failing in the latest draft to limit presidential powers [JURIST report]. According to the protestors, the government ignored recommendations to give most authority to a new prime minister. Following Friday's proposal, the document is to be put to a referendum. The Constitution of Kenya Review Commission [official website] has additional information on the Kenyan constitutional process. Reuters has more.