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Esther Murugi Urges Kenyans to accept Gays

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image Participants at an HIV/Aids seminar in a jovial mood after Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi (second right) officially opened it at a Mombasa hotel on Thursday.

Cabinet Minister Urges For Acceptance and Tolerance of Kenyan Gays

A Cabinet minister has stirred a hornet’s nest with a suggestion that Kenyans should accept homosexuality and learn to live with it.

Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi told participants at a national symposium on HIV/Aids in Mombasa targeting homosexuals, lesbians and sex workers that the government had no option but to address the community’s concerns.

“We need to learn to live with men who have sex with other men… we are in the 21st century and things have changed,” she told the gathering on Thursday.

Participants at the seminar were mainly homosexuals, lesbians and sex workers, dubbed “most at risk population” because their sexual behaviour puts them at greatest risk of HIV infection.

Ms Murugi said the group was an independent constituency and should not be stigmatised because of sexual inclination.

She told the National Aids Control Council to compile statistics to enable the government to develop a policy to cut prevalence rates among the group.

“This symposium is critical in ensuring that risk factors are discussed and taken into consideration in national planning for HIV and Aids,” said the minister.

Religious leaders were on Friday furious at the minister.

Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa said the utterances were “satanic and contrary to Africa culture”.

“God in his holy books (Quran and Bible) cursed homosexuality and directed us to fight it. The minister has offended Kenyans who passed a new constitution that criminalises the vice,” he said.

Sheikh Khalifa urged President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to take stern action against the minister.

Kenya National Muslim Advisory Council chairman Sheikh Juma Ngao demanded that Ms Murugi resigns or be sacked.

“The minister and National Aids Control Council officials should create their own country which allows homosexual, lesbian and prostitution acts,” he said.

Courtesy of The Daily Nation

Subscribe to comments feed Comments (4 posted):

Jackson on 06/10/2010 08:48:20
Blaming our inability to fight HIV on gays does not help. the minister made it sound as if dealing with HIV among the gays was the answer to squashing HIV/AIDs in Kenya. the major cause of HIV infections is sexual contact, both gay and straight. the minister should have asked people to observe ABC. the church as usual missed the point, there are and always be gay people among us, whether we talk about it or not.

and for the record am not gay
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biguy on 06/10/2010 19:20:15
As usual, religious leaders spilling vitriol from their mouths, how satanic can they get, sometimes I wonder if religions are really serving the right god, if not the devil
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Avidi on 09/10/2010 16:48:06
People must simply know that no one chose to be a homosexual in as much as none chose to be a heterosexual. These two come as a result of hormonal feelings for which none has no control over. We have most gay men who are married but still their feelings are not with their wives at all but simply did it to cover up.

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tomme on 14/10/2010 12:18:44
Gays are doing much better and being accepted than we Lesbians. Where are my sisters?
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