INTERNATIONAL

Kenya set for referendum

NAIROBI: Thousands of Kenyans gathered at a sports stadium and a park on Saturday for final campaign rallies ahead of a referendum on a proposed constitution that has triggered bitter and sometimes violent debate. The campaign has been marred by violence in which at least seven persons have died at rallies. Voters will choose a banana for yes or an orange for no — a third of Kenyan adults cannot read. Opponents say the move does not do enough to curb presidential powers. They have cast the vote as a referendum on President Kibaki, whom they accuse of abandoning his commitment to democratic reform. The Constitution was drafted in the lead-up to independence in 1963 and has been revised several times to create a strong unitary state with sweeping presidential powers. — AP