Kenyan leader speaks against anti-gay violence

A step in the right direction with a long way to go…


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo courtesy of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (Photo courtesy of

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta warned yesterday against “witch-hunts” targeting homosexuals.

In an interview Oct. 18 with CNN, he dismissed proposals to repeal Kenya’s law against same-sex relations, but said that all Kenyans have a right to protection under the law.

In an interview with CNN on Oct. 18, Kenyatta discussed LGBT issues, saying that the nation “will not allow people to persecute any individuals  …  Or just to beat them, or to … torture them.”

Kenyatta did not specifically mention sex workers, but the Kenyan newspaper The Star presented his remarks in the context of recent murders of sex workers:

“Uhuru’s stance on violence against homosexuals comes after the killing of four prostitutes, whose bodies were disfigured, in Nakuru county last week. The face of one of the victims was skinned and her eyes gouged out, while some body parts were missing.

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