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60 Arrested In Raid On Gay Bar In Nairobi, Kenya

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More than 60 people were arrested over the weekend during a raid on a gay bar in Nairobi, Kenya, reports Africa New Post.

Although there have been no moves to increase penalties for homosexuals in Kenya, the country’s penal code prescribes up to 14 years in prison for men who commit “acts of gross indecency” with other men or for any person who acts “against the order of nature.” A man was stoned to death in Nairobi in 2012 after he was discovered having sex with a co-worker.

According to Ghafla.co.ke, the arrests at Club Envy were made because of the bar patrons’ sexuality and not under Kenya’s Mututho law which restricts drinking hours and regulates the consumption of alcohol.

Speaking to Ghafla, Joji Baro, a well-known performer in the city, said:

“The arrests at Envy had nothing to do with Mututho law but just trying to suppress the visibility of gays and lesbians. So finally someone just realized gays and lesbians have money and they know where to spend it... Just a reminder of the little rights we enjoy."

The website reports that the arrests came after the government “sent their security apparatus to harass innocent homosexuals who were not even taking part in any buggery but rather enjoying their hard earned money.”

No information has been released regarding the charges faced by the detainees.

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  1. Meanwhile in North America, we still have far too many grown adults who refuse to come out and not because of "legit threats of violence against them" - but because of their pathetic insecure "vanity" and their claims of "not wanting people to think that they're some stereotype"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 7, 2014 11:53:22 AM


  2. Meanwhile in North America, we still have far too many grown adults who refuse to come out and not because of "legit threats of violence against them" - but because of their pathetic insecure "vanity" and their claims of "not wanting people to think that they're some stereotype"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 7, 2014 11:53:22 AM


  3. That's a damn shame. I thought (and read) that Kenya was one of the few liberal African countries for LGBT folk.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 7, 2014 12:05:33 PM


  4. And meanwhile in Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia and the breadbasket of Africa, Robert Mugabe wants to drive and kill the remaining white farmers.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 7, 2014 1:04:49 PM


  5. And meanwhile in Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia and the breadbasket of Africa, Robert Mugabe wants to drive out and kill the remaining white farmers.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 7, 2014 1:04:51 PM


  6. And meanwhile in Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia and the breadbasket of Africa, Robert Mugabe wants to drive and kill the remaining white farmers.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 7, 2014 1:05:43 PM


  7. Drive out and kill I mean.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 7, 2014 1:08:13 PM


  8. Drive out and kill I mean.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 7, 2014 1:08:18 PM


  9. Drive out and kill I mean.

    Posted by: Andy | Jul 7, 2014 1:08:24 PM


  10. Of course, this same thing happened in both Atlanta and Fort Worth in the last few years.

    Posted by: Mikey DallasM | Jul 7, 2014 4:16:49 PM


  11. Along with Nigeria and Uganda (among others) Kenya is one member of Queen Elizabeth II's (likely soon to be Chuck's or William's) Commonwealth of Nations.

    She should be made explain herself on this. Why is she leading a collection of bigots?


    Posted by: Randy | Jul 7, 2014 5:46:17 PM


  12. Kenya is also very unsafe for LGBTI Ugandans who have fled there seeking refuge from persecution at home, but find more persecution and violence across the border! http://paper-bird.net/2014/07/02/lgbti-refugees-and-western-saviors-ugandans-facing-violence-in-kenya-and-how-you-can-and-cant-help/

    Posted by: AEbiware | Jul 10, 2014 6:23:54 PM


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