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"That Will Not Happen Under My Watch" Ruto Declares Stand On LGBTQ As MPs Declares War Against SCOK

The government does not support efforts to legalize the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) population in Kenya, according to President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua.

Gachagua voiced his dismay at the Supreme Court judgement that found there was prejudice against the registration of an NGO during the introduction of the Women Fund on March 2 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).

The DP stated that the state had not released a statement because they were unsure of the reasoning behind the Supreme Court's ruling. He argued that they did respect the courts, nevertheless.

"I was shocked and even wondered what I could say. Do you know that there are times when you can be shocked until you have nothing to say? We are hearing that there is an organisation that wants to defend same-sex marriage. What is that? 

"We have no problem with the court but we have to ask what they imagine when a woman marries another woman. We do not have that and that is against our beliefs," Gachagua stated.

In regards to President William Ruto's stand, Gachagua indicated that the Head of State was a firm believer who would not support the legalisation of LGBTQ.

"The President is a Christain and he will do what is needed. What they suggest is contrary to our belief. Therefore, we are not supporting that," he stated.

Gachagua spoke in response to the ongoing discussion surrounding the Supreme Court ruling.

In a decision, the Supreme Court found that an organization seeking registration for advocacy work with the LGBTQ community was discriminated against by the NGO board.

In particular, some members of parliament, including Nyali MP Mohamed Ali and his Homa Bay counterpart Peter Kaluma, revealed that they were drafting resolutions to criminalize the community and its activities in the wake of the court decision.

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