NAIROBI, Kenya, July 6 – Anti gay lobbyists on Monday morning took to the streets of Nairobi to demonstrate against homosexuality, warning US President Barack Obama against pushing the agenda when he visits the country later this month.
The activists led by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya chairman Bishop Mark Kariuki stated that the practice is against moral values and would send a wrong message to the youth.
“We want Obama, we want Michele, and we want a child. We do not want Obama and Obama, we do not want Michele and Michele. We want Obama and Michele and we want a child,” they chanted as they took to the streets.
Waving placards with one clear message: ‘We don’t want gay activities in Kenya’, the demonstrators marched from Uhuru Park through Haille Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway onto Uhuru Park.
“That is an attack on the family. Most of the issues that are going on today that have to do with population control are issues that are against the family. Homosexuality, condoms to young children in school, in Genesis 1: 26, 27 and 28, God said that we should be fruitful and multiply,” Bishop Kariuki stated.
He emphasized the need for moral values to be instilled on the youth by not accepting a practice which is against divine principles.
“So when Obama comes, we are asking him to respect the morals of Kenyans, to respect the faith of Kenyans, he is coming for a commercial visit, let him talk about the conference but he should not talk about gayness (sic) because he is a world leader and our young people will start thinking that is a way of life,” he said.
Obama is due in Kenya later this month to open the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
The protests come a day after Deputy President William Ruto told those practicing it to look for their own country, insisting the Jubilee administration will not legalize it
He appealed to the Christian community to stand up against homosexuality.
Speaking during a church service at the Africa Inland Church in Ziwani, Ruto stated that the practice is against Christianity and should therefore be shunned.
Ruto said Kenya is a God fearing nation with no room for same sex marriages.