‘No room’ for gays in Kenya, says deputy president

Nairobi (AFP) – Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, has told worshippers at a church service in Nairobi that homosexuality had no place in the east African nation, reports said Monday.

Homophobia is on the rise across much of Africa and remains illegal in many countries, including Kenya where it was outlawed under British colonial legislation.

“We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs,” Ruto was quoted as telling a cheering congregation at the Jesus Winner Ministry Church on the outskirts of the capital.

“We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and our beliefs,” he said. “There’s no room for homosexuality in this country. That one I can assure you.”

Ruto’s comments came on the day US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kenya promising to push human rights, alongside discussions on security and terrorism…

On the rise? I doubt that. It’s just more visible now that gays have been so successful in the West that they are starting to want the same rights everywhere.

  • DMB

    The gays will try to expand their base into Africa but they will fail. Between Boko Haram and ISIS alone it will be an extremely hostile environment for them. Also hiv/aids is widespread in Africa and with hiv/aids rates much higher among gays in the west compared to straight people it will only add to the hostility.

    • El Martyachi

      … poor form in general to be dictating social policy to foreign countries, especially publicly, and especially with implicit (and sometimes explicit) threats to revoke aid. It’s not the way to win many African hearts and minds. At least it’s a South African NGO this time and not our embassy.

      I don’t think this has much to do with gays expanding their base as much as NGO people earning their paycheques. This NGO does seem legit even though the director is a total spook. I dunno. It’s pretty hard to tell what’s going on.

  • Minicapt

    Homosexuality is ‘anti-diversity’ in Kenya?


  • Dana Garcia

    If homosexuality becomes a widely accepted reason for accepting refugees in the west, then it’s likely that many third-worlders will discover their inner gayness.

    • El Martyachi

      That’s the current situation.

  • mauser 98

    Barry to visit Kenya in July

  • ontario john

    The Canadian media is all excited that we may have our second gay liberal premier after today’s election in PEI. Yes that has really worked out well in Ontario.

  • mauser 98

    Pastor Manning Blames Obama For Black Men Turning Gay

    • El Martyachi

      haha this guy is awesome.

    • andycanuck

      Preston needs to use more sunblock. (Or a greater strength.) Maybe a sun-hat would work too?

      • mauser 98

        Preston Manning?….yikes

  • John Baird is on the case.

  • WalterBannon

    Well whats Obama going to do about that now? Guess he can’t ever go home.