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‘Gays should die because they are rotten’, says proponent of Kenyan death law

August 13, 2014
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The man behind a Kenyan draft bill that would see gay people sentenced to death by stoning says they are “very rotten”.

Edward Nyakeriga is the author of Kenya’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

It would introduce harsh punishments for same-sex sexual activity, with life imprisonment or the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality”.

Mr Nyakeriga spoke of his disgust at seeing earlier this year Kenyan LGBT campaigners protest against Uganda’s anti-gay legislation.

“It was an expression of the rot and where we are headed as a society and if there is no deterrence, the society will be very rotten,” he told the Daily Nation on Tuesday.

The father of two believes the punishment of death would be reserved for foreigners because, in his thinking, same-sex relationships are not an African practice.

“Whoever wants to bring it sees Kenya as a dumping ground. Ours is an expression of extreme deterrence”.

“You cannot spoil that society in which you are. You cannot dilute its morals,” he added.

The draft bill also introduces life sentences for anyone running “brothels for homosexuality purposes”, which could be used to target anyone who lives with a gay person.

It has the support of the Republican Liberty Party in the Kenyan Parliament.

The draft bill has been passed to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee for scrutiny.

Same-sex sexual activity is already illegal in Kenya.

Related topics: Africa, anti-gay law, anti-gay laws, homophobic law, homophobic laws, Kenya, Kenyan

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