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Kenyan Prime Minister Disavows Call To Arrest Gays

Jim Burroway

December 2nd, 2010

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga today has denied that he ordered the arrest of Kenya’s gay community, saying that his remarks at a rally last Sunday, which were not in English, were misquoted. Capital FM Kenya reports that Odinga says he didn’t intend to demonize the gay community, saying, “I understand there are gay rights.”

Odinga says that he was highlighting some of the misinformation and half-truths that opponents to Kenya’s new constitution were spreading about recently approved charter’s wide-ranging anti-discrimination clause:

It was said that I ordered the arrest of gay people but nothing could be further from the truth. I did not say that. I was just explaining the propaganda used by people who were campaigning against the new constitution,” he argued.

…He said leaders who were propagating rumours of same sex marriages in Kenya during campaigns for the new Constitution had failed miserably because Kenyans did not buy their propaganda.

“Those were lies from leaders who wanted to confuse Kenyans to reject the new law; the Constitution is very clear on that matter. It does not state anywhere that same sex marriage is legal in Kenya,” he added.

Odinga’s comments came as a shock to Kenya’s LGBT advocates. Despite mob violence that broke out last February against the gay community in Mombasa, anti-gay rhetoric has not been a common feature of ruling political leaders. Nevertheless, homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, and is punishable with up to fourteen years’ imprisonment.



JandyA Says
December 5th, 2010 | LINK

Dear Box Turtle and Faithful Readers,

Let us cosign this article and make clear to President Obama and the Ugandan President that any country which has laws to suppress, arrest, or infringe upon a person’s rights solely based upon that person’s gender preference is criminal and should NOT receive ANY support from the Government of the United States.

Please President Obama, we people of the United States demand the Freedom of Personal Preference be not deemed a crime. Help fight to liberate the suppressed Gay People of Uganda.

We Thank You, Sir
B.T. Readers

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