Kenya: a new proposed bill threathens the lives of LGBT Kenyans

As the world struggles to hear the silenced voices of LGBT Ugandans, the country's neighbor joins Uganda by introducing a draconian law. Kenya, the home to more than 43 million people, might now join the international list of countries where being LGBT is simply a criminal offense punishable by death. A new Anti-Homosexuality Bill submitted by the Republican Liberty Party in the National Assembly, proposes that LGBT Kenyans be stoned to death.

Edward Onwong’a Nyakeriga who wrote the bill, said:

“The petition aims at providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the people of Kenya, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Kenya.

“There is need to protect children and youth who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technology, parentless child developmental settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption, foster care or otherwise.”

The current penal code in Kenya states that “Any male person who, whether in public or private, commits any act of gross indecency with another male person, or procures another male person to commit any act of gross indecency with him, or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any male person with himself or with another male person, whether in public or private, is guilty of a felony”

The new bill would threaten the lives of all LGBT Kenyans.