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Kenyan PM Raila Odinga Calls for Arrests of Homosexuals


Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga called for gay people to be arrested at a rally on Sunday, the Daily Nation reports:

Addressing a rally at Kamukunji grounds in his Langata Constituency, the PM said their behaviour was unnatural.

“If found the homosexuals should be arrested and taken to relevant authorities,” Mr Odinga said.

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.

Said Odinga: "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

David Kuria, a prominent gay activist in Kenya, told the BBC that Odinga's were surprising:

"It was believed to be the first time he has made such comments. Mr Kuria told the BBC's Network Africa programme that he did not know why Mr Odinga made the comments. He said most African leaders who condemned homosexuals were trying to gain political leverage but he said Mr Odinga was already popular so his statement was 'surprising'. An MP in neighbouring Uganda last year tried to introduce the death penalty for some homosexual acts, sparking international condemnation. The BBC's Caroline Karobia in Nairobi says gay people are largely left alone in Kenya as long as they do not draw attention to themselves. The city is home to some well-known gay pubs, she says."

Kuria warned that gay "people will succumb to extortion, blackmail and violence" because of the remarks.

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  1. I call on the arrest of PM Raila Odinga because he's an Ass.

    Posted by: Name: | Nov 29, 2010 10:09:23 AM

  2. Isn't Odinga Obama's cousin??? Google it!

    Posted by: InExile | Nov 29, 2010 10:16:32 AM

  3. Inexile, maybe YOU should've Googled it:

    From Wiki:
    In a January 2008 BBC interview, Odinga asserted that he was the first cousin of U.S. president Barack Obama through Obama's father. However, Barack Obama's paternal uncle denied any direct relation to Odinga, stating "Odinga's mother came from this area, so it is normal for us to talk about cousins. But he is not a blood relative." Obama's father came from the same Luo community as Odinga.

    Posted by: M.E. | Nov 29, 2010 10:36:49 AM

  4. Although he was only in control of Egypt and the Sudan, whenever I read about this stupidity in Africa, I think:

    bring back Lord Kitchener.

    Posted by: architectinberlin | Nov 29, 2010 10:37:54 AM

  5. Thanks for the correction, just remember that name from the 2008 campaign.

    Posted by: InExile | Nov 29, 2010 10:43:26 AM

  6. So men become gay because there are TOO many women? Even a 5-year old would know that doesn't make any sense. Are the Kenyan people really THAT stupid? Seriously.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Nov 29, 2010 11:45:24 AM

  7. Nah David, but his logic isn't much better than that. He's claiming that men become gay because there are a lack of women, so since there's more women than men in the census, his view is that that it's a useless concept to be a gay man. He not only thinks it's a choice, but one worth being arrested for, a pretty bigoted view.

    Posted by: Cocoa | Nov 29, 2010 12:28:47 PM

  8. I don't understand why anyone would be surprised that a popular politician would try to become more popular by using gays as scapegoats, especially in Africa. If he becomes popular enough he can control elections, become president for as long as he likes, and use the central bank as his personal checking account.

    Look at Egypt and Zimbabwe (among others) today, and countless examples from Africa's recent past (Congo, Liberia, etc.). Demonize a small, poorly understood minority and make it seem like a moral issue. Hell, it also works for US Republicans.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 29, 2010 1:52:03 PM

  9. Obama went to Kenya to campaign for this bigot ... because that's what fierce advocates do.

    Posted by: Rik | Nov 29, 2010 3:50:37 PM

  10. No, don't bring back Lord Kitchener! Most of Africa's Anglophone states inherited their sodomy laws from British statutes, keeping alive the 19th-century laws (as amended in 1885) that were repealed in England and Wales in 1967. The British also brought Victorian-era Christianity with them. It's unlikely these sorts of organized anti-gay campaigns would be as popular in an Africa that had never been colonized.

    Posted by: Ben | Nov 29, 2010 4:15:28 PM

  11. Imperialism really did a number on Africa. That's not an excuse for 21st century ignorant, backward behavior, just an attempt at better understanding the whole situation.

    That's one of the reasons I get piqued when Europeans and Brits piously and virtuously lecture the U.S. and Americans. Europe [I'm European descent] gave the world so much enlightenment, it also gave a lot of misery, death, hateful ideologies, and the worse levels of violence and bloodshed the world has ever experienced.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 29, 2010 5:48:15 PM

  12. Imperialism this and Anglo bla bla rubbish. The notion of the "Noble Savage" that instinctivley chooses good over bad and is only corrupted by evil Western influences is the worst form of racism ever. Unfortunately the history of black folk is as bad as the history of other race groups. Remember that it was African chiefs that sold their family and tribal members into to slavery to the Arabs. Massacres of neighbouring tribes was always a part of africa. To expect modern day politicos to be paragons of virtue and liberal kindness is naive at best. These idiots need to be isolated and got rid of since there will just be an African holocaust and the bleeding heart Western media will keep quiet from fear of being called racist.

    Posted by: DavidW | Nov 29, 2010 9:28:57 PM

  13. Never said they were originally 'noble' and scorn the noble savage theory. But imperialism was an evil thing and has resulted in multiple very serious problems right down to the present day. I also said it's no excuse for ignorant, backward cultures and rampant top to bottom corruption. I don't believe in the 'noble savage', neither do I believe in 'white man's burden'

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 29, 2010 10:57:48 PM

  14. Raila's gotta rail....!

    Posted by: Didaskalos | Nov 30, 2010 2:00:24 AM

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