State House has taken a stance on the controversial gay debate that aspires to support same-sex relationships.
Sunday, President Uhuru Kenyatta, through State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said Kenya respects the position taken by the US Government on gays following a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that same-sex unions will be recognised.
In an apparent move to appease the US President who is due to visit Kenya later this month, Mr Esipisu said Kenya “cannot tell President Barack Obama what he will and will not say” because the government believes in the freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution.
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President Obama is expected to visit Kenya later this month for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. This will be the first such visit by a sitting US President since independence.
State House statement is expected to draw sharp reactions from religious leaders and the hugely conservative Kenyan political leaders when it comes to matters sex. President Robert Mugabe has opposed the US move, and even mocked President Obama by asking for his hand in “marriage”.
Deputy President William Ruto has also criticized gayism, saying Kenya would not tolerate gay practices as they are unchristian.
Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau urged President Obama to respect Kenyans’ culture, saying they would not abandon their traditions that condemn same-sex marriages.
He urged the US leader to avoid forcing the gay agenda on Kenyans or lobby for the rights of homosexuals when he arrives in the country.
“Kenyans are not ready to accept homosexuality and any attempt to push for its recognition. Any agenda on the matter would strain ties between the two nations, so I urge our brother to avoid the topic,” the lawmaker told the Nation.