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Muslim lobby group condemns court’s ruling in favour of LGBTQ

By Kevin Cheruiyot September 14th, 2023 2 min read

The Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (Supkem) has come out to condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer associations.

This comes following the Apex court dismissed the petition filed by Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma seeking to overturn the ruling that allowed the registration of the LGBTQ community in the country.

The ruling, a victory for the LGBTQ community, has, however, angered a section of religious groups and leaders in the country.

In a telephone conversation with the Nairobi News on Thursday, September 14, Supkem National Chairman Hassan Ole Naado condemned the ruling, saying the court failed to consider key factors raised by the petitioner.

“We condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling not only as the Supkem but as the religious organization in the country. LGBTQ issue should not even be discussed in the country,” Ole Naado said.

“It is very unfortunate that the court made its ruling based on technicalities of the case instead of analyzing the petition deeply.”

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The chairperson added that the council would be announcing the way forward on the ruling in the coming weeks.

In the same vein, the CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), Dr Ezekiel Mutua, says the court was wrong and that homosexuality is not part of the culture in Kenya.

“Our Constitution outlaws homosexuality, and in Section 11 recognises culture as “the cumulative civilisation of the Kenyan people.” Homosexuality is not our culture,” Dr Mutua said.
Mutua added that same-sex marriage is against the culture and values of Kenyans, which must not be sanitised through “strange court decisions.”

“If we can allow the LGBTQ the freedom to form their own associations, we could as well allow terrorists and other illegal groups the freedom to do the same.”

Nyali MP Mohamed Ali said that sections 162(a) and (c), 163 and 165 of the country’s Penal Code criminalise homosexuality and that the court’s decision threatens family structures.

“I strongly condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling and will stand by the people of Kenya to protect our values, traditions, religions and Laws that foreign players will not dictate,” Mohamed Ali said in a post on the X platform.

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