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Student leader wants Obama to sponsor 19 gay students

17 July 2015, 08:04 Arap Yego

Bungoma - A university student leader from Bungoma County has written a letter to the US President, Barack Obama beseeching him to grant scholarships to 19 students from a school in the area who were suspended on allegations of being gay.

On Tuesday, 19 Form Two students at St Mary's Kibabii Boys were sent packing by the school Principal, Matthews Namunwa and the institution's board of management.

This was after they were suspected to be involved in the illicit homosexual relationships amongst themselves in the school that is in Kanduyi constituency.

Makarios Masakha, the President of Kibabii University College in a letter dated July 14, appealed to Obama to give the affected students full scholarships in the United States of America on compassion grounds.

“Your excellency, the expelled students' hope only lies in your hands. On their behalf, I write requesting that the United States of America offer the 19 full scholarships to forge ahead with their academics in the US,” the letter reads in part.

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“Your excellency having supported the supreme court on Gayism and Lesbianism Rights as victory in America just a month ago, I strongly believe that you can accord them great help.”

Masakha in his letter, adds: "Instead of them loitering the streets or joining terrorist groups to attack us, I recommend they progress with their studies in the USA through the full support of your government.”

While suspending the student, the school Principal said they decided to send the learners home to reduce tension that was building up in the school among rival students of the pro and anti-gay crusades.

“There were those who were pro and anti the debate. It degenerated into accusations and counter accusations and that is when we came to learn about the existance of illicit relationships among the boys themselves," said Namunwa.

The Kibabii University College student leader's letter comes days after controversial University of Nairobi (UoN) leader, Babu Owino wrote to Obama threatening that a section of the students in the institution will commit suicide if the US President doesn’t visit the institution next week.

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