Obama free to talk about homosexuality in Kenya, says Govt
06 July 2015, 11:46
Nairobi - State House Spokesman, Manoah Esipisu said US President Barack Obama will be free to talk about homosexuality when he visits Kenya later this month.
Esipisu said the Kenyan constitution grants everyone the freedom of speech and that they cannot dictate what Obama can or cannot say during his visit.
“As Kenyans, we believe in freedom of speech. We cannot tell Obama what he can or cannot talk about when he visits Kenya,” Esipisu said.
He rubbished claims by a section of political leaders who have been quoted saying Obama was coming to push for the legalization of homosexuality in Kenya, saying such remarks were unnecessary.
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On Sunday, Deputy President William Ruto said they will not allow legislation that seeks to legalize same sex marriages in Kenya.
“Kenya is a God-fearing country and we will not be lured into embracing homosexuality,” Ruto said.
On his part, Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau urged Obama to respect Kenya’s culture, adding that they would strongly hold on to the traditions that speak against same sex marriages.
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