- August 15, 2014
Post submitted by Jane “TJay” Thirikwa, HRC Global Fellow
A fringe political party in Kenya, Republican Liberty Party, has proposed and presented a new anti-homosexuality bill to Parliament, which would see homosexuality punished by life imprisonment or public stoning to death.
Under the proposed bill, foreigners who commit homosexual acts would be stoned too. Citizens of Kenya could also face stoning for ‘aggravated homosexuality’. In this case, this includes committing the acts with people below the age of 18
As this story has unfolded throughout the week, unconfirmed reports emerged that this bill has already been declared unconstitutional.
The bill’s author, Edward Onwong’a Nyakeriga, said that the petition aims at “providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the people of Kenya, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists, seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Kenya”.
If passed, the bill would prohibit licensing of organizations that ‘promote’ homosexuality. Persons in authority who fail to report or disclose said offenses will be liable to life imprisonment.
The re-emergence of this bill comes a few months after a push for anti-gay law started by a parliamentary caucus against same-sex conduct in Kenya. In February, a group of Members of Parliament had intended to rally Parliament to amend more strict laws against same-sex conduct.