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Kenyan politicians respond to Obama plea by forming new anti-gay group

February 19, 2014
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Politicians in Kenya have criticised US President Barack Obama after he warned Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni not to sign the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Last Friday, President Museveni signalled that he was ready to sign the draconian measure.

In a statement on Sunday, President Obama said signing the bill would mark a “step backward”.

Ignoring his plea to respect human rights across Africa, around 20 Kenyan politicians have formed a political group against homosexuality, demanding stricter enforcement of anti-gay legislation and more convictions.

They have summed the country’s attorney general to give evidence in Parliament.

“It is a reaction to a push by the Western countries for the relaxation of anti-gays law, that’s what really inspired us,” said member Irungu Kang’ata to Bloomberg.

Neither “Obama, nor other outsiders have the right to dictate our laws as a sovereign country,” Mr Kang’ata added.

Consensual sexual activity between men is illegal under Kenyan law and carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment.

Human Rights Watch say the law is rarely enforced.

“The law has rarely, if ever, led to a conviction in Kenya, meaning fear of arrest by police has been relatively low, said Ms Ghoshal.”

“You see there are strong activist communities and that has provided a degree of freedom,” she added.

 

 

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