It’s been a busy period for me, with exams happening. It doesn’t make me blind though.
Seen on capital FM news section:
“We will not tolerate such behaviours in the country. The constitution is very clear on this issue and men or women found engaging in homosexuality will not be spared,” Mr Odinga said.“Any man found engaging in sexual activities with another man should be arrested. Even women found engaging in sexual activities will be arrested,” the premier warned.
Speaking at a public rally at the Kamukunji grounds in his Nairobi’s Kibera constituency on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister cited the recent population census results which put the ratio of men to women equal and wondered why people should engage in homosexuality.
“This [homosexual] kind of behaviours will not be tolerated in this country. Men or women found engaging in those acts deserve to be arrested and will be arrested,” he told the crowd.
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.
The Bill of Rights under chapter four of the new Constitution states that: “Every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, based on the free consent of the parties.”
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Not enough? The daily Nation had a more direct quote from him with their article:
“The PM thrilled the crowd when he asserted that the recent census showed there were more women than men and there was no need for same sex relationships.
He said it was madness for a man to fall in love with another man while there were plenty of women and added that there was no need for women to engage in lesbianism yet they can bear children.”
Where on earth did that come from??? I’m appalled at what the Prime Minister has said. Honestly, out of all the topics on this planet, including, water, poverty eradication, economic building, you know, things he’s specialized in, he instead chose to speak ill against queer people in Kenya. Now, normally when a politician rambles about gays i just ignore the issue, mild politics. But this man is one of the country’s most influential men around. Not only is it fuelling unnecessary hate, but honestly, the constitution he pushed to be passed that supposedly protects human rights, HONESTLY! Wouldn’t you call this hypocrisy?
There’s some news i was told by a friend of mine, he said it’s just a statement in a public rally. It’s not a directive that has been issued. That would require a process. And he knows better than to do that, he along a few other ministers are the one that help get donor funding from developed nations and development contracts. Were he to do such, they would be withdrawn. Which is quite true. I know for a fact that he's getting grief over the subject matter. I’m almost certain that human rights groups and diplomats have asked for a meeting with him.
Macharia Gaitho wrote about it today in todays Daily Nation. He, just like me, is baffled as to why Mr.Odinga said such. He wonders if a group or individual did something wrong to him. I ask the same.
Sadly, Mr.Odinga has lost my vote and respect. Really, i thought he knew better than to speak like this. Unfortunately, he’s just like any other Kenyan politician. Out to get popularity using baseless topics.