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Kenya Government to investigate non-enforcement of law banning gay sex

Kenya’s Majority Leader in the National Assembly has been tasked with finding out why its 1930 law punishing homosexuals with up to 14 years imprisonment is apparently not being enforced
An anti-gay sign in a Kenyan guesthouse
Photo by Nicor

Leader of the Majority Coalition in the Kenyan National Assembly, Aden Duale, has been tasked with finding out why Kenya’s laws banning gay sex aren’t being enforced after a government MP raised the issue in the Parliament.

Ruling National Alliance party MP Irungu Kangata demanded a statement explaining what measures Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions was taking to enforce Kenya’s colonial era anti-sodomy laws which punish ‘carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature with up to 14 years in prison for consensual sex acts.

‘The Majority Leader should report to and inquire into; reasons for the non-enforcement of anti-gays laws, whether there are any organizations that are championing violation of the aforementioned law and if they are registered, what steps are being taken by the government to de-register or curtail such organizations’ activities,’ Kangata said, according to AllAfrica.com.

The law dates back to 1930 and is rarely enforced today and LGBTI rights groups operate openly in Kenya – though police have broken up LGBTI rights protests in the past.

Duale said that he would need more than a month to investigate what he said was a controversial issue and he plans to travel to Kenya’s African neighbors as well as Western nations to see how different countries approach the issue.

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