Kenyan leader gives mixed messages regarding LGBT community


The majority leader in the National Assembly of Kenya, Aden Duale, has declared that homosexuality is just as serious a threat as terrorism.

Earlier in March, ruling National Alliance party member Irungu Kangata demanded that Duale “report to and inquire into; reasons for the non-enforcement of anti-gays laws, whether there are any organizations that are championing violation of the aforementioned law and if they are registered, what steps are being taken by the government to de-register or curtail such organizations’ activities.”

In response to calls from other Kenyan MPs claiming the country needs to introduce even tougher anti-gay laws, Duale said, “We need to go on and address this issue the way we want to address terrorism. It’s as serious as terrorism. It’s as serious as any other social evil.”

“I want to urge my colleagues that this is a social problem,” he said, according to Buzzfeed. “It is incumbent upon our religious leaders, our political leaders, government, parents, school administrators, we must [campaign against]it.”

Despite the comparison, he went on to say, “We do not need to go the Uganda way, we have the constitution and the penal code to deal with homosexuality, and so this debate is finished, we will not be enacting any new, tougher law.”

At present, a number of politicians led by MP Irungu Kang’ata have recently been demanding that anti-gay laws in Kenya become stricter, and according to a Pew Research survey, 90 percent of Kenyans support passing harsher laws against the LGBT community.

Duale also claimed that since 2010, Kenyan police have investigated 595 “cases” of homosexuality.

Kenyan law states that sexual activity between two men is punishable by up to fourteen years in prison, but currently the laws are rarely enforced. Sex acts between women are not explicitly mentioned in the law, making lesbianism a legal grey area.


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