Recruited to Stage Nude Anti-Gay Protest for Obama (The Star, Kenya)
procession will be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and
women to protest Obama's open and aggressive support for homosexuality,' said
Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala. … 'In
fact - our party has a network of prostitutes in Nairobi, Nakuru
and other counties. That is where we shall get these people - whose number we
expect to increase,' he told The Star.
… He said the prostitutes agreed to participate free of charge since if
homosexuality is legalized - they will lose customers."
By Nancy Agutu, Adow Mohamed, Collins Kipkorir, Lydia
Matata and SheilarLelei
A little-known political party has sought permission for a
nude protest to show U.S. President Barack Obama the differences between a man
and a woman.
The peaceful demonstration against homosexuality will begin on
July 22 and 23 at 10 am at the Freedom Corner, said Republican
Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala.
"The procession will be carried out by approximately
5,000 totally naked men and women to protest Obama's open and aggressive
support for homosexuality," Kidala said in a
letter to the county commander in a July 13th letter.
"In fact - our party has a network of prostitutes in
Nairobi, Nakuru and other counties. That is where we
shall get these people - whose number we expect to increase," he told The Star by phone.
He said the prostitutes agreed to participate free of charge
since if homosexuality is legalized - they will lose customers.
This comes after the White House downplayed demands by a
cross-section of Kenyan leaders for Obama to avoid gay talk during his visit. The U.S. president isn't expected to shy away from any
topic, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, in response to a question
on the matter during a press briefing last Tuesday.
"I had not been made aware of that particular
announcement from Kenya. Obviously, we have been clear that when the president
travels around the world, he doesn't hesitate to raise concerns about human
rights," he said.
Obama has used previous trips to Africa to urge governments
to decriminalize homosexuality, but leaders led by Deputy President William Ruto
have warned him not to discuss it.
The anti-gay uproar against same-sex marriage is gaining traction
ahead of President Obama’s visit on the 24th. Earlier this month, anti-gay
protesters, including religious leaders, members of Parliament and activists
took to the streets of Nairobi waving placards and chanting “Obama No Gay” as
they marched through streets of the city.
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Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. Speaking during a protest
dubbed "Protect the Family," Bishop Mark Kariuki,
president of the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, called the practice “un-Godly.”
Father Daniel Bertea, the priest in charge of the Consolata Shrine in Westlands in
addition to Muslim representatives also attended the march, which began at Uhuru Park.
Deputy President William Ruto and
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi have
also lashed out at homosexual rights proponents.
“We have heard that in the U.S. they have allowed gay
relations and other dirty things,” Ruto said on
Sunday. "I want to say as a Christian leader that we will defend our
country of Kenya. We will stand for our faith and our country."
Muturi said that the U.S. president
will not be permitted to discuss homosexuality during his address to parliament.
"Those advancing gay rights must similarly appreciate our Christian,
Islamic and African traditional values - which abhor homosexuality," he
Muturi said the parliament and
citizens have the capacity to, "sanction any advances perceived to
encroach on our social fabric."
Evicted Gay Couple 'Wait for Obama'
Gay rights' activist Dennis Nzioka
reports that two men were evicted from their home in Kabete,
Nairobi for being homosexual.
StarNewsreported that the two,
aged 26 and 29 were evicted by the landlord from their apartment on July 3,
where they had been living for two years.
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The report says that the couple had told the landlord that
they were friends living together as a way of saving money, but that the
landlord evicted them saying, "go wait for your Obama."
Speaking to the The Star, Nzioka said that prior to being evicted,
rumors that the couple were gay had spread among their neighbors, who began to
give them the cold shoulder. He said the two had reported their case to his
which monitors human rights violations against the LGBT
community. Nzioka said one of the men has been
assisted with accommodation following the incident while the other has moved home
with his family.
Kenyans have raised an uproar over
whether President Obama will discuss homosexuality during his visit on July 24.
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On Monday, a cross-section of Christian organizations held
anti-gay demonstrations in the central business district to protest any
attempts to legalize same sex marriage in the country. Led by Bishop Mark Kariuki and Kiharu MP IrunguKang'ata, they warned
Obama to steer clear of any comments on same sex marriage during his visit.
Nzioka dismissed the clerics'
concerns, saying that Obama will probably not endorse gay marriage while in the
country, but ask Kenyans to respect the human rights of people whatever their
He added, "marriage is the farthest thing" from
the minds of LGBT Kenyans", and that they are faced with more pressing issues like day-to-day
"We do not want marriage. We simply want
acceptance," he said.
He said media should highlight how homophobia in the country
has led to violence and evictions among other forms of infringement of gay
peoples' human rights.