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Anti-gay comments 'ill advised and un-African'

09 July 2015, 13:41 Arap Yego

Nairobi - The Gays and Lesbian community in the Kenya want the government to protect them from being harmed by anti-gay people in the country.

In a press release by the Kenya Human Rights Commission Wednesday, the homosexuals said they need protection following the increase of anti-gay sentiments in the country ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit.

“We are highly concerned and disappointed by the on-going anti-gay rhetoric led by various political leaders in this country at this time,” reads the statement in part.

Read Also: Kenyans tell Obama to respect their morals, faith when he visits

“We categorically state that these statements and intolerant comments towards Lesbian and Gay Kenyans are ill advised and un-African and come with devastating consequences,” they added.

Anthony Aluoch, the Executive director of the Kenya Gay Trust said authorities should ensure the members of the community are safe and secure.

“We recommend the immediate reassurance of security and protection for Key Populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men due to concerns around their personal security and welfare,” said Oluoch.

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