In Summary

  • The Majority Leader told his colleagues that homosexuality “is a Western agenda” and that if they go ahead and prepare legislation like that in Uganda and Nigeria, they would likely not get visas whenever they wish to travel to America and Europe.
  • Reading from a statement by the Internal Security ministry, Mr Duale told the House that 595 cases of homosexuality have been dealt with legally since 2010, when the Constitution came into force.

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has described homosexuality as a problem in Kenya on the same scale as terrorism and suggested it should be handled the same way.

But he said it is a social problem and religious leaders should first preach against it.

Mr Duale also resisted a suggestion by some MPs that the Government introduce express laws against homosexuality like Uganda.

“Uganda has passed a law but for us the Constitution and the Penal Code are very clear. But I want to urge my colleagues that this is a social problem. It is incumbent upon our religious leaders, our political leaders, government, parents, school administrators, we must (campaign against) it,” said Mr Duale.

“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,” said Mr Duale.

The Majority Leader told his colleagues that homosexuality “is a Western agenda” and that if they go ahead and prepare legislation like that in Uganda and Nigeria, they would likely not get visas whenever they wish to travel to America and Europe.

He was responding to requests for clarification from MPs as he responded to a question by Irungu Kangata (Kiharu, TNA) on what the government is doing to act on laws that prohibit homosexual activities.

Reading from a statement by the Internal Security ministry, Mr Duale told the House that 595 cases of homosexuality have been dealt with legally since 2010, when the Constitution came into force.

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