Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga has told a large crowd in Nairobi that gays and lesbian should be arrested.

"Any man found engaging in sexual activities with another man should be arrested," he was quoted as saying at a rally on Sunday.

"This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in this country. Men or women found engaging in those acts deserve to be arrested and will be arrested."

His comments were reportedly greeted with approval by the crowd.

Odinga, who assumed office in 2008, also denied suggestions that the country's newly adopted constitution supports LGBT equality.

"Those were lies from leaders who wanted to confuse Kenyans to reject the new law. The Constitution is very clear on that matter. It does not state anywhere that same sex marriage is legal in Kenya," he said.

Last month, the country’s Special Programmes Minister, Esther Murugi, said that Kenyans should learn to co-exist with gay men.

“We need to learn to live with men who have sex with other men… we are in the 21st century and things have changed,” she told delegates at an HIV/AIDS conference.

Her statement led to religions leaders calling for her to be sacked.

Homosexuality, referred to as "carnal knowledge against the order of nature", is illegal in Kenya with penalties of up to 14 years' imprisonment.

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