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Sunday 10 May 2015


When Kenya National Human Rights Commission and a section of non-governmental organisations came out guns blazing and demanded William Ruto apologises to the gay community for saying Kenya has no room for gays and lesbians, many were left wondering whether they were hearing right. Others wondered whether they were still in Kenya or in the Godless America or Europe.
Addressing a press conference, KNHRC executive director Atsango Chesoni said Ruto’s remarks during a church service are homophobic and put the lives of gays and lesbians in the country in danger.
Chesoni, daughter of the late Chief Justice Zacheus Chesoni further said Kenyans are equal in the eyes of the law despite their sexual orientation and also faulted the formation of an anti-gay caucus in parliament.
To her, Ruto’s sentiments portray Kenya as, hear this, a pariah state because other countries in Asia and Europe have accepted the culture.
“The lives of gays are at risks and he DP should do a honourable thing of apologising because not all Kenyans hate gays and lesbians,” Chesoni twanged. Chesoni also lauded the High Court ruling that allowed gays and lesbians to form and register a union. Chesoni is not married.
Homosexuality and lesbianism are slowly taking root in Kenya. It was initially in boarding schools, prisons but now has found its way in churches and other institution including blue chip companies and even among sportsmen and women.
Government institutions such as the judiciary, parliament, senate and counties have not been spared. Of late, there are thousands of homosexuals and lesbians. The list of gays has well known faces including two governors, two senators and a cabinet secretary.
Two women MPs are lesbians and one principal secretary is said not to be straight. A well-known billionaire who owns a media house is also said to be a homosexual.
1. Makau Mutua: - He is a Kenyan professor of law based in America. He is the fiercest defender of the aberation in Kenya.  He is the Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School. In December 2012, Mutua was appointed to a four-year term on the recommendation of the Obama Administration to the Board of Advisers of the International Development Law Organisation which is based in Rome, Italy.
In July 2013, he was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York to the Moreland Commission to investigate public corruption. Mutua was ranked number 110 by Buffalo Business First in the power 200 most influential people in 2013 in Western New York.
In 2003, he was appointed by then president Mwai Kibaki to chair a task force that eventually led to the establishment of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission in 2008. He has no known family.
Maina Kageni: - The Classic FM morning presenter is a rich man by all means. He is said to be a silent player and has made billions in the trade. He is allegedly well connected to gays in America who sponsor and fund his investments. Already, trouble is looming among local gays with some claiming that Kageni has been using them to get funds for his own use. He drives luxury cars and is said to own a house in Miami, America. Kageni co-hosts the radio talk show with Mwalimu King’ang’i (Daniel Ndambuki). Friends and foes openly say they have never seen Maina with a woman.
A photo of Maina embracing another man wearing a vest went into circulations sometimes back. The photo was taken while the two were in Zanzibar for Christmas holidays.
During the Gay and Lesbian Awards of Kenya (KeGALA), Maina was among the nominees to get awards at the function. He is said to share a lot with Anderson Cooper, the CNN anchor and reporter who has openly stated that he is homosexual. Cooper is also a friend of Jeff Koinange. Koinange at one time worked with CNN. Cooper was honoured with a gay media watchdog’s top honours in recognition of his stature and accomplishment as an openly gay journalist.
 John Githongo: - The former Kenyan journalist investigated bribery and fraud under Kibaki rule. In 2005, he left the position and later accused top ministers of large-scale fraud and corruption in the government. He is currently involved in NGO activities.
Jimmy Gait: - He has openly come out in open to say it he was engaged in homosexuality during his high school days. Now a gospel singer, he says he has reformed.
Bruce Mackenzie - He was agriculture minister in post independent Kenya. He represented white settlers’ interests in the cabinet. He died in an air crash on his way from Kampala, Uganda. He is said to have openly spearheaded the rights of lesbianism and gayism  in the late President Jomo Kenyatta’s government. When challenged by then late Paul Ngei to state if he was one, Bruce said why not.
George Njerii and Caleb Idris: - They were arrested in Kwale county by the police. They later claimed they were a married couple. Despite their defence, the two were charged at Kwale Lawcourts with ‘engaging in unnatural acts’.
Members of nightspot Club Envy: Located along Tom Mboya Street opposite the historic Gill House, it has over 90 members each paying Sh2,000 as registration fee. John Mburu, a city tycoon is the chairman. On   July 7 2014,  60 people were arrested at the joint after Nairobi police raided the club.
Dennis Nzioka: - He is a known gay rights activist. He and his colleagues at one time planned to wage protests against an anti-gay parliamentary caucus to address the ‘issue’ of homosexuality.
Eric Gitari: - He is the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Kenya. The commission provides legal aid to the LGBTIQ community in Kenya founder member. The organisation is run by five lawyers and one accountant the NGLHRC was found in April 2012. After the president of Uganda signed the homosexuals Bill, Kenya’s first gay gospel artiste came out to condemn the move and Uganda’s president.
Binyavanga Wainaina: He is the editor of Kwani? magazine. He was born in Nakuru, Rift Valley province. He attended Moi Primary School in Nakuru, Mangu High School in Thika and Lenana School in Nairobi. He later studied commerce at the University of Transkei in South Africa. He completed an MPhil in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2010.
His debut book, a memoir entitled One Day I Will Write About This Place, was published in 2011. In January 2014, in response to a wave of anti-gay laws passed in Africa, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay,
David Kuria: - He is also popularly known as gay senator. He ran for the position of senator in 2013, in Kiambu county. Kuria was the co-founder and general manager of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya.
Joji Baro: - He has been gay all his life and has posted his pictures in his Facebook account.
It is said many gay and bisexual men from University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University now labour as sex workers in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Pauline Kimani is one of Kenya’s few openly lesbian women. She is a 23-year-old gay rights activist, feminist and one of Kenya’s few lesbians to openly admit her sexuality. Pauline alleges that she found she was lesbian early in life, after developing a schoolgirl crush on her sports teacher.
A private girls’ school in Kenya sometimes back suspended 11 students for exchanging kisses and love letters.
The students from Linet Girls’ High School in Nyandarua county denied the allegations.
The school’s director Ezekiel Ng’ang’a claimed then that 40 girls, aged between 14-17, were involved in an ‘illicit love affair’ and school authorities suspended 11 of the older girls. Lesbianism is said to be common among Nairobi boarding girls’ schools Pangani, Kenya High, State House, Buruburu and Moi Girls’.
Businessman Raj Devani who is known for drug abuses leading to marriage breakdown is also a homesexual. He has been in and off from hospitals on matters relating to insanity. He at one time fired a gun in a public building at Nairobi’s Westlands area. He also was fond of  fighting in Westlands pubs. His firearm was confiscated at one time. Devani had shot at a padlock at a building whose ownership was being contested. He is said to have previously owned the building but was auctioned by the National Bank of Kenya to recover Sh150 million borrowed by Devani, but the businessman is contesting the sale of the building.
The building is Shimmers Plaza in Westlands. His wife left upon discovery he was inviting men in the house.

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