In a recent interview with international media house (CNN), President William Ruto shared his view about the LGBTQ community. He noted that the issue is not a priority in Kenya, since there are other more important and pressing issues that require more attention. He however emphasized that the Kenyan Government respects everybody and their believes & he expects the respect to be reciprocated.
“You, yourself gained worldwide attention a few years ago when you said, ‘no room for homosexuality in Kenyan society, I wanna know if you still stand by that,”CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked
William Ruto responded, noting that this was not the biggest issue that Kenyans are facing.
We have Kenyan law, we have Kenyan constitution, we have our traditions, we have our customs, and we will continue to respect other people’s customs as they respect our customs and our traditions.
I’m very clear that we respect everybody and what they believe in but we also have what we believe in and we expect to be respected for what we believe in,”
When it becomes a big issue for the people of Kenya, they will choose as it is now, we are grappling with 5 million people who do not have jobs and 4 million hungry people that is my concern and the focus of the people of Kenya.”WILLIAM RUTO
Makena Njeri responded to the statement noting that this issues exist and should cease being seen as ‘trivial’
”Good morning. LGBTQ rights are human rights that we can’t downplay anymore. It is an issue that requires your attention as our president. The community is alive and has been here for a long time.”MAKENA NJERI
Being a member of the LGBTQ Community is still viewed negatively, especially through the eyes of the religious community. Most consider it a taboo. Few come out and are bold enough to express their sexuality.