Kenyan men protest naked boy statue

May 15, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – A Kenyan men’s lobby group has written to Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo demanding the demolition of a statue at the entrance of the Nairobi High Court building.

According to the Chairman of Maendeleo ya Wanaume Organisation, Nderitu Njoka, the statue of a naked boy urinating and holding a fish at the entrance of the High Court is a bad portrayal of the boy child, and men.

“It does not portray naked justice. Instead it portrays naked injustice,” he complained.

Mr Njoka said in his petition that the colonial-era statue was meant by the British colonial regime to abuse and suppress black people.

“It is discriminating and intimidating to the boy child and men in general and the government ought to have removed the statue immediately Kenya gained independence,” Mr Njoka said.

He said the Maendeleo ya Wanaume lobby had sought views from a wide range of men and boys, who all expressed their displeasure.

“This amounts to child abuse; it is pornography, it is sexual abuse, immoral and an outright violation of men’s fundamental rights and freedoms,” he claimed.

The lobby also says the statue is a clear demonstration of the extent to which the boy child has been neglected by the society and government.

They now want the statue replaced with “a weighing balance or a scale which will represent equal justice for all”.

The statue of the naked boy who is holding a fish is supposed to symbolise that justice is open and slippery like a fish.


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