Two journalists in Kenya have pleaded innocent to charges of inciting the public with an opinion article on the political struggle around the nation's upcoming constitutional referendum.

The managing editor of the Kenya Times, Onyango Omollo, and reporter David Ochami were released on bail after appearing in court Thursday. Their case will be heard November 8.

The charges against them stem from an opinion article on Sunday entitled, "Coups in Africa Do Not Occur Out of Nothing." It focused on comments by ministers who have accused opponents of the draft constitution of wanting to overthrow President Mwai Kibaki.

On November 21, Kenyans are scheduled to vote on the document - in which the president retains his wide-ranging powers.

Rallies for and against the constitution recently have turned violent.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.