The East African Standard has reported that Charity Ngilu, Kenya’s Health Minister, is “concerned” about the apparently high number of homosexual youth in the country’s coastal towns.
While speaking in Mombasa, she said that she would take this “serious” matter to the Cabinet. According to Ngilu, homosexuality among teenagers in the coastal areas is rampant.
“This is a very sad thing. I will table the matter before the Cabinet so that we can find ways of ending this shameful menace,” she is reported to have said.
“What does the future hold for our children if some of them indulge in homosexuality and sodomy? We cannot allow sex between man and man. Men should have sexual relationships with women only,” said Ngilu.
As is common in many African countries, homosexuality is illegal in Kenya. According to Behind the Mask, sections 162 to 165 of the Penal Code criminalise homosexual behaviour and attempted homosexual behaviour between men. The penalty is five to 14 years’ imprisonment.