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President-Elect Ruto gives his take on the LGBTQ+ community in Kenya

By Wangu Kanuri September 8th, 2022 2 min read

President-Elect William Ruto has given his stand on homosexuality.

In an interview on CNN, Ruto who had earlier said that there will be no room for homosexuality in Kenya reiterated saying, “We have Kenyan law, we have Kenyan constitution, we have our tradition, customs; we will continue to respect other people’s customs as they respect our customs and traditions.”

Adding that Kenya respects everybody and what they believe in, Ruto added, “We also have what we believe in and we expect to be respected for that too.”

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Earlier on, outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta in an interview also on the same international media on the position of Kenya in regards to homosexuals said, “I shall not engage in a subject that is not of any major importance to the people of Kenya.”

President Kenyatta noted, “This is not acceptable it is not agreeable. This is an issue of the people of Kenya themselves who have bestowed themselves a constitution have clearly stated that this is not a subject they are willing to engage in at this time or moment.”

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On his part, Ruto while responding to whether his administration would crack down on the homosexuals and LGBTQ community said, “On that subject, President Kenyatta was spot on. We do not want to create a mountain out of a molehill. This is not a big issue for the people of Kenya.”

Adding that when it becomes a big issue the Kenyans would make a choice, Ruto explained, “As it is now, we are grappling with 5m young people who do not have jobs, 4m people who are hungry, and that is my concern. That is the focus of the people of Kenya at the moment. For now, let us focus on the real issues that affect the people of Kenya.”

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