Girls admit lesbianism at Kenyan school

Same sex couples in India/AFP

MOMBASA, Kenya, Feb 8 – Six students at Moi Kadzodzo Girls Secondary School in Kilifi County on Wednesday allegedly admitted to having practised lesbianism at the school after they were grilled by education officers. 

This was revealed as the government dispatched a team of education inspectors to the school to investigate allegation of lesbianism within the learning institution.    

The probe team led by Kaloleni District Education Officer Julius Nkarichia confirmed that the students who had been sent home to fetch their parents admitted practising the vice. 

He said six others denied being involved in the vice and a team had been set up to counsel them.

The school principal Dorcas Kavuku said the students had been sent home pending investigations into the matter. 

“I got reports from the general students body that these particular girls were not behaving according to the school rules. They practised lavish touching and kissed each other which is not normal for people of the same gender,” said Kavuku.

She said she issued the girls with leave outs for them fetch their parents in order to enable them receive joint counselling from both stakeholders to prevent the students from becoming psychologically affected. 

In Kenya homosexuality, lesbianism and transgender remain widely unacceptable in the society.

This latest case is yet another indication on the dilemma of handling same sex relations.

It presents an opportunity for Kenya to think of how it will handle the situation since it cannot disown the six minors who represent many others in other schools as reported. 

Despite reports of increasing numbers of gays in the country, it has remained apparent that Kenya is not about to accept them.

But due to the fight against HIV/AIDS, there is pressure in the country to involve gays, lesbians and transgender people in their programmes.

It has been discovered that due to the stigma, most gay people have partners but stick to their marriages with the opposite sex to shield themselves from societal discrimination.

In 2010, Prime Minister Raila Odinga ordered for a crack down of gay people in Kenya and said those found practising it should be arrested but he later withdrew his statement saying he had nothing against the gay community.

The same year Special Programmes Minister Esther Murugi came into sharp criticism after saying that lesbians and homosexuals should be involved in HIV/AIDS programmes.

Her reasons were that they are classified as under high risk HIV/AIDS populations which also gave them a right to healthcare like all other Kenyans and should not be stigmatised.

She was however categorical that homosexuality should not be legalised in the country but said the underlying issues had to be addressed without fear or shame.

Kenya’s neighbour Uganda is also grappling with the same challenge of handing the gay issue which remains illegal and attracts jail terms of up to 14 years in prison. 

  • Vicman

    Which is not normal?Who told you what is. Normal?Let these students live their life they way the want.
    There is freedom of choice and expression.

  • ooloitiptip

    I dont care if they lap it up with penguins 

  • mteule chris mwachia

    there is real decay of morals in our society,where are our pastors?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1556703673 Leo Ratego

      morality is a construct. Live and let live…
       

  • Reneesue

    Are these the priorities of education inspectors? When our education standards are plummeting, students killing themselves for the unfair demands of education, parents abandoning their parenting responsibilities and attacking principals and teachers, yet… we have time to deal with puberty issues. Seriously!??!?! 

    We are a country of hypocrites, who are quick to blow situations out of control so as to divert our own attention on our own vices. Does this issue require that attention – question directed at Capital FM too? I would have expected that your story angle would be how we have all our priorities wrong. 

    Secondly, I am dismayed at the selectiveness in condemnation of “vices” in our country. I have searched religious text to find where homosexuality is weighed heavier as a vice and even asked the pastors, but no one has an answer. It is our skewed attitude towards sexuality that has resulted in the such tragic early HIV and STD infections. Were they being punished on the basis of unacceptable behaviour in school or because they are lesbians? Did the principal counsel them or just call attention to these teenagers (at such a tender and impressionable age). Have we done more good than harm to these children? Do you ever expect them to seek responsibility advise about their sexuality or explore at the risk of disease? 

    Seriously, let’s get our priorities right. If we must admonish homosexuality on the supposed premise of ethics and morality, let’s give daylight robbery (aka corruption), rape, lazy self-serving leadership that same attention. I cringe at how we dignify adultery ‘mipango ya kando’ on radio and television and then raise hell at two consenting adults do what they fancy. 

    On our education system, we have lost the plot! 

  • Mazzdark

    Once the girls have tasted that particular fruit, all attempts at Counsellng, Praying etc will be in vain, maybe we all should learn to accept that people are not the same, and do the craziest things

  • Dxdxdx

     my biggest fear was my daughter ending up as a stripper….then came lesbianism…if only i had used that condom

  • Otto

    Transgender should not be associated with homosexuality and lesbianism