The campaign for the referendum on the new draft constitution in Kenya is taking on religious connotations after the high court ruled that Islamic courts known as Kadhi are unconstitutional. The panel of three judges ruled that the Kadhi courts favoured Islam over other faiths in violation of the existing constitution, which establishes that Kenya is a secular country.

The case against the courts, set up under British colonial rule and which deal mostly with marriage disputes and matters of inheritance for Kenya