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NGO funding Judiciary to defend gays, says MP

04 June 2015, 21:54 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Kiharu MP, Irungu Kangata has raised red flag that Judiciary might be being funded by an international non-governmental organization concerned with gender, sexuality and reproductive issues to defend gay rights.

Kangata questioned the purpose of KES 80 million donations the Judiciary received from Ford Foundation based in US ahead of the recent controversial ruling by the High Court seeking recognition of homosexuals by government by allowing registration of their union.

Kangata who is also a member of the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal committee said he questioned the Chief Registrar of Judiciary, Anne Amadi to explain the purpose of the donation when she appeared before the committee  but claimed she has remained quiet despite promising to inform the committee.

“This funding to Judiciary was done before the pronouncement of recent controversial ruling on gay rights. I can’t tell the funds’ purpose but like any other Kenyan, I suspect the donation may have influenced the Judges’ ruling that’s why posing the question for Judiciary’s clear explanation,” said Kangata.

However, the MP stated that he is working to establish the intention of the Ford’s donation whether is used to defend and propagate homosexuality in the country to cut such illegal funding to avoid baseless speculations.

He pointed out that the organization provides such donations for unestablished capacity building and technical assistance, advocacy, litigation and reform in line with its core objectives of securing equal rights and protection for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“The Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal John Njue has vowed to lead the demonstration from Uhuru Park to the Supreme Court grounds this year June 24th regarding this suspicious Ford Foundation and other NGO’s donations including the UNDP to the Judiciary,” said Kangata.

The High Court’s ruling allowing the homosexuals to form and register a union to air out their infringed rights attracted national criticism from both political and religious leaders, the anti-gays activists who maintained that the practice contravened the African morality and religious provisions.

Kangata revealed that the controversial court ruling lacks substantial grounds for protection of gays in the country and vowed to appeal together with other anti-gay groups.

He was speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings.

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