Kenyans laud Ugandan anti-gay law

The international reaction to President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of the Ugandan anti-Homosexuality Bill into law on Monday has been swift. The law banning gay unions with life imprisonment has attracted strong international reactions.However, religious leaders in Kenya say a law to enhance gay crackdown is an absolute necessity and it should be emulated in Kenya.

Uganda signed the anti-homosexuality defying international concerns on Monday and is now staring at an open global rejection for its decision to consign gays to life in jails.With stiffer conditions attached to international defiance, Denmark, Norway the Netherlands and the United States have all announced the withholding of aid to Uganda following the signing of the Homosexuality bill into law.

The U.S. government was clearer on its aid threat against Uganda. Washington warned the gay law would “complicate” relations with Uganda. Kampala receives US$400 million in annual aid from Washington.

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Now that this law has been enacted, we are beginning an internal review of our relationship with the government of Uganda to ensure that all dimensions of our engagement, including assistance programs, uphold our anti-discrimination policies and principles and reflect our values. Kenyan Christians have equally supported the Ugandan gay law and called for its enactment in Kenya.As witch hunt begins for homosexuals in Uganda, tension in neighboring Kenya remains high. One thing is clear, that it’s going to take a long time before the west and east African countries can agree on this topic, if they ever will. For now, as the president articulated, the subject is no go zone area.

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