Kenya, US Government Officials Clash Over LGBTQ

Late Edwin Chiloba.
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Following the murder of Edwin Kiptoo Chiloba, the discussion on Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LQBTQ) has now attracted reactions from Kenya’s Government as well as US government.

Nyali Mp Mohammed Ali has condemned the movement urging Kenyans to seize discussing the issues of LGBTQ.

“Let us not waste time discussing LQBTQ or whatever name they call it. It’s illegal, God doesn’t like it and we should not entertain it. On this one Democracy my foot! Jail them,” He posted on his Twitter handle.

Nyali Mp Mohammed Ali.
Image: Curtesy

A High Court sitting in May 2019 in Nairobi ruled against campaigners seeking to overturn a law banning gay sex. The three judges who were involved rejected claims that the colonial-era law violated the new constitution, which guarantees equality, dignity and privacy. The penal code criminalises “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” – widely understood to refer to anal intercourse between men.

The United States Department of State spokesperson Ned Price, in a press briefing, called on the Kenyan authorities to carry out thorough investigations into the circumstances leading to the murder of the prominent LGTQ activist.

“We urge and expect the Kenyans to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into his death. And of course, if there’s anything we can do to assist, we stand ready to do that,” said Price on Monday, January 9, 2023, Washington Blade reported.

The United States Department of State spokesperson Ned Price addressing press on Chiloba’s Murder. Photo: Curtesy

Ned, who is openly gay, said violence against LGBTQ members should not be tolerated by any free and open society around the world.

In his condolence message, he said that Chiloba’s role in advancing the interests of the LGBTQ community would be missed.

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