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Kenyan MPs To Demand Enforcement of Laws Criminalizing Homosexuality


Members of Kenya’s parliament are upset that the nation’s anti-gay laws are not being enforced to an extent they find sufficiently draconian and have thus decided to question their Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko (pictured above) and Attorney General Githu Muigai in an attempt to find answers and redirect public policy on the subject. According to Standard Media:

The legislators say that in spite of the existence of the law banning homosexual behaviour, gays have had leverage to operate with impunity as the State appears helpless in cracking down on what they insist are outlaws. 

Three MPs allied to Jubilee [a four party political coalition] last evening convened a Press conference where they announced their plan to summon the two and also launched an anti-gay caucus of parliamentarians. 

MPs Irungu Kangata (Kiharu), John Njoroge (Kasarani) and Julius Ndegwa (Lamu West) said they were appalled by recent activities of pro- gay groups demonstrating in support of homosexuals in Nairobi and Mombasa.

The activities which the ministers refer to will likely include the recent protests organized by LGBT rights activists in Kenya regarding neighboring Uganda’s newly enacted anti-gay bill along with the celebration of Pride at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi back in June of 2012.

Kenya remains a dangerous place to be openly gay as the nation’s penal code, first enacted in 1930 and revised in 2006, still criminalizes homosexuality. As reported here, a man was stoned to death in 2012 after it was discovered he had sex with another man. 

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  1. Neanderthals! Yet another society willfully poisoned by religion! If you don't/won't/can't understand it (as a normal part of humanity), throw rocks at it.

    Posted by: castaway | Feb 18, 2014 7:49:49 PM

  2. Neanderthals! Yet another society willfully poisoned by religion! If you don't/won't/can't understand it (as a normal part of humanity), throw rocks at it.

    Posted by: castaway | Feb 18, 2014 7:49:51 PM

  3. I need to make sure my kids don't understand all the same things I don't understand!

    They're opening our minds to new ideas; KILL THEM!

    [for the slightly gullible rest assured that was heavy sarcasm]

    Posted by: ConcernedFamilyMan | Feb 18, 2014 7:56:26 PM

  4. As much as the idea of sanctions or withdrawal of foreign aid may feel good and seem like the only reasonable response to this incipient anti-gay African holocaust, there is no guarantee that such measures will result in reversal of anti-gay policies. We the civilized nations should vigorously pursue these options, but we need to do something more tangible to help.

    We need to establish refugee settlements for victims of anti-LGBT persecution, guarded and policed by international troops. These could be built throughout Africa in countries where same-sex relations are legal.

    Posted by: ReaperX | Feb 18, 2014 7:59:27 PM

  5. Good idea Reaperx, a solution oriented idea. It's way too easy to just call them morons and forget about it. They have been addled by fundamentalist Christian dogma. Do they even know about the moderate humanist forms of Christianity? Have they been given a choice? God knows they're going down the wrong path, a dead end splashed with blood. Thank you.

    Posted by: NOT | Feb 18, 2014 8:07:16 PM

  6. @ ReaperX

    Your first paragraph seemed ok because you do think that sanctions and withdrawl of foreign aid should be vigorously pursued, in addition to more.

    But your second paragraph sounds like you're describing a concentration camp:
    "We need to establish refugee settlements for victims of anti-LGBT persecution, guarded and policed by international troops. These could be built throughout Africa..." The part about "...where same-sex relations are legal" dosn't sound reassuring.

    Posted by: Deth | Feb 18, 2014 8:09:47 PM

  7. They seem to think there will be no repercussions. While surely Russia will be there to help them, I see no reason for anyone in the Americas to have anything to do with these people, except to the extent that we're planting schools that will teach critical thinking and basic fairness (in places where such schools probably won't be attacked by Islamic murderers, that is).

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 18, 2014 8:20:31 PM

  8. We really should let Africa starve to death, it would be no great loss to the world. They have never made any contribution to the progress and advancement of humanity. Never. Ever.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Feb 18, 2014 9:13:47 PM

  9. I chose the word "settlements" instead of "camps" for a reason. I don't mean hellhole-ish tent cities surrounded by barbed wire. I mean villages and small towns where people can live in the fullest meaning of that word.

    By "guarded and policed by international troops" I don't mean curfews and outdoor prison living. I mean regular law enforcement.

    Yes this would cost money. Hundreds of millions for sure. For a bit of poetic justice, I'd simply redirect existing foreign aid to pay for such projects.

    Concerning location - it doesn't seem to make much sense to me to try to establish such communities in countries that criminalize homosexuality. There are a few African countries that don't.

    Posted by: ReaperX | Feb 18, 2014 9:14:11 PM

  10. I think the best way to punish these extreme dictators is economic sanction. Hit it where it hurts - $$$$s! Tourism is a substantial chunk of money for these countries. Boycott them and stop travel to these countries. Thanks to the Western Christianity for introducing hate to these countries. Shame. On the other hand, I am glad that the issues of LBGT are introduced so let's the fight begin!

    Posted by: TL | Feb 18, 2014 9:43:49 PM

  11. Let them get money from the American missionaries who pushed for these laws or they can wait for god to save them.

    Posted by: Armando | Feb 18, 2014 9:57:52 PM

  12. Uh, "Dan Cobb" you're not exactly contributing to the advancement of humanity society yourself with your anti-Africa hate speech. And if you actually followed history you would know Africans have done much of significance. Ever heard of Nelson Mandela, dummy?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 18, 2014 10:53:40 PM

  13. Hey Africans are important. White men need a burden.

    Posted by: NOT | Feb 19, 2014 2:17:04 AM

  14. I support such a move totally, and being from Kenya, i will vote for the bill if brought to me. It has been proven scientifically that gayism is entirely a result of human behavior and not a genetic =c one. Which strengthens my belief that it is ungodly and against basic African cultures.

    Posted by: david wanja | Feb 19, 2014 2:19:50 AM

  15. David Wanja, you're just as hopeless as Africa itself. Go home.

    Posted by: NOT | Feb 19, 2014 2:25:03 AM

  16. @david wanja: you might want to actually learn something about scientific research before spouting.

    You might want to read instead of mindless propaganda.

    BTW, presently it is not easy to find accurate information on this topic using Google - the homophobes have been putting out a propaganda blitz that is burying the serious research.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 19, 2014 3:02:06 AM

  17. David, having visited your beautiful country - and by beautiful, I'm referring to the parts uninhabited by humans, not that burning piles of trash and unrefrigerated animal carcasses hanging in shop windows isn't beautiful, it's just not my thing - I would suggest heeding some of the "science" you so revere to build some schools so as to educate your young children. They're certainly not doing anything else. Or perhaps sifting through trash and wandering shanty markets filled with discarded American clothing is Kenya's idea of progress. Either way, the Chinese have landed and are busy building roads to all your resources so I guess you're screwed regardless. Good luck with that.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 19, 2014 7:01:22 AM

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