Kenyan deputy president: 'We will not allow homosexuality in our society'

By Drum Digital
04 May 2015

William Ruto was addressing a congregation outside of Nairobi at the Jesus Winner Ministry Church when he lashed out at homosexuals.

Condemnation for homosexuals has turned up in Kenya with the deputy President making his feelings known about those who identify with the sexual orientation. Times Live reports that William Ruto was addressing a congregation outside of Nairobi at the Jesus Winner Ministry Church when he lashed out at homosexuals. "We will not allow homosexuality in our society as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs," he reportedly said. "We will stand with religious leaders to defend our faith and our beliefs," he said. "There's no room for homosexuality in this country. That one I can assure you," he apparently stated. Ruto had reportedly made these comments on the day US Secretary of State John Kerry made his way to Kenya for a visit which would include tackling issues of human rights, security and terrorism. Rtuo has reportedly called his views moral and not political. "When we say this, we are not saying so as to get votes but to protect what we all believe is right," 

Homosexuality in Kenya has been illegal since British colonial rule and is illegal in 35 African countries, some countries such as Nigeria, Sudan and Mauritius impose the death penalty on those guilty of the 'crime'.

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