Kenya’s dreaded bill, threatening to ‘stone gay people to death’, was reportedly found unconstitutional today (14 August).
According to unconfirmed reports, parliament’s legal affairs committee rejected the Anti-Homosexuality Bill finding it to come into conflict with international interests.
The Uganda-style bill was introduced by the Republican Liberty Party who sought to ‘protect the family’ by banning any form of same-sex relations or promotion of homosexuality.
Bill author Edward Onwong’a Nyakeriga claimed there was a ‘need to protect children and youth who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation as a result of cultural changes’.
Denis Nzioka, a Kenya gay rights activist who has seen reports coming from parliament, told Gay Star News while this is a ‘very good step’ for Kenya, it should still be a wake-up call for LGBTIs.
He said: ‘We have seen a lot of anti-gay sentiment being brought out by people, politicians, religious leaders. People want to go the Ugandan way, Nigerian way.
‘I thought Kenya was a safe country, the best in the continent apart from South Africa for gay rights.
‘But things have got out of our hands. It just shows how in an instant – things can change dramatically.
‘This is actually a wake up call for the community.
‘Just because it has been rejected now, it doesn’t mean politicians won’t try, come back, and put forward a new bill. We could very easily have an anti-gay law in two years.
‘They’ll have fresh ideas; they’ll try and do everything by the book.
‘And if they do that, we’re fucked.’
Under the country’s penal code, Kenya punishes homosexual acts with sentences of between five and 14 years in prison.