According to Capital FM, Kenya:

Mr Odinga on Sunday said that police should arrest anyone found engaging in such behaviours and take appropriate legal action against them.

“We will not tolerate such behaviours in the country. The constitution is very clear on this issue and men or women found engaging in homosexuality will not be spared,” Mr Odinga said.

“Any man found engaging in sexual activities with another man should be arrested. Even women found engaging in sexual activities will be arrested,” the premier warned.

Speaking at a public rally at the Kamukunji grounds in his Nairobi’s Kibera constituency on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister cited the recent population census results which put the ratio of men to women equal and wondered why people should engage in homosexuality.

“This [homosexual] kind of behaviours will not be tolerated in this country. Men or women found engaging in those acts deserve to be arrested and will be arrested,” he told a hilarious crowd.

Sad, very sad. African countries should be moving towards repealing the archaic colonial laws that criminalise consensual sexual relationships between people of the same sex – not reinforcing the irrational cultural and religious prejudices that sustain them. In light of this, one can’t help but appreciate the way such matters have been handled in Rwanda, whose Minister of Justice, Tharcisse Karugarama, said recently:

"the government I serve and speak for on certain issues cannot and will not in any way criminalize homosexuality; sexual orientation is a private matter and each individual has his or her own orientation – this is not a State matter at all."

..and indeed, it should never be. As long as what any two consenting adults do in private does not violate, or threaten to violate, the fundamental human rights of others, what they do should be nobody’s business, but their own.

Africa – stop the hate.

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