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Hordes of naked homophobes to greet Obama on upcoming Kenya visit

Joe Williams July 14, 2015

A Kenyan political group plans to protest US President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit by asking 5,000 people to march naked through the streets.

The Republican Liberty Party – an ultra conservative, far right political group and one Kenya’s most vocal anti-LGBT organisations – have sought permission to hold the “peaceful protest” to mark Obama’s visit at the end of July – by getting 5,000 men and women to strip off to greet him on June 22 & 23.

Party leader Vincent Kidala sent a formal notification of the march to the county commander yesterday (13 July), stating the purpose of the march is to show Obama and the Kenyan people the “differences” between the sexes, The Nairobi Times reports.

“The procession shall be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and women to protest over Obama’s open and aggressive support for homosexuality,” he said in the letter.

“The party’s main objective is for him to see and understand the different [sic] between a man and a woman”.

Kidala has confirmed the validity of the letter, worryingly telling Kenyan media that his party will hire a “network of prostitutes” in order to reach the expected goal of 5,000 people, as very few women have agreed to take part.

He claimed the prostitutes agreed to participate free of charge, as they will “lose customers” if homosexuality is legalised – clearly Mr Kidala believes homosexuality to be a far worse crime than forcing others to sell their bodies for sex.

Anti gay protesters in Kenya have already warned the President to avoid the subject of homosexuality and gay rights during his upcoming visit to the country, taking to social media and the streets of Nairobi in an attempt to dissuade any discussion on the matter.

However, a White House spokesperson has said the President has every intention of discussing gay rights on his trip – despite the country’s warnings not to.

Speaking last week, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said: “I’m confident the president will not hesitate to make clear that the protection of basic universal human rights in Kenya is also a priority and consistent with the values that we hold dear here in the United States of America.”

Gay sex is currently illegal in Kenya and punishable by up to 14 years in prison

More: Africa, anti gay lawmakers, anti lgbt, Barack Obama, Gay rights, Homophobia, Kenya, Kenya, Law, Politics, US

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