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OPINION: Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya despite DP Ruto’s tactful remarks

Deputy President William Ruto’s remarks over the issue of homosexuality was within order.

As expected, the DP was non-committal on outright support for the LGBTQ community as he defended his position as per the bible and within the Kenyan laws.

“My position as a Christian is that Bible teaches us against homosexuality and related matters, that is me as William Ruto,” Ruto said.

He added, “Whatever is within the Constitution, and the law, I’ll respect. So long as everybody is operating within the law, and within what is permissible within the Constitution, they have nothing to fear because we are the nation governed by the rule of law”.

“I do not think that nobody should pick up arms against any Kenyan irrespective of whether you like what they are doing or you don’t like. Every Kenyan must be subjected to the rule of law…no Kenyan should be subjected to any harassment or any form of harm.”

Ruto added that every Kenyan will be safe in his administration, which he said will be operating within the parameters of the law.

What does the law say about homosexuality?

According to Kenya’s penal code, homosexuality is punishable by 14 years in jail.

NGOs have been fighting the law on the basis of human rights.

What NGOs don’t say, if this human right is granted, which humans, let’s say after 100 years, will remain on earth to enjoy it?

On his stand on the LGBTQ, Ruto was acting safe in a country (USA) bedevilled by a lot of interests, feminine emotions and noise that has rendered all institutions stuck in executing their mandate properly.

Section 162(a) and (c) of the Penal Code says that it is a felony for any person to have “carnal knowledge of any other person against the order of nature” or to permit “a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature.” This is punishable by 14 years’ imprisonment.

In Kenya, homosexuality should remain illegal.