A horrific new bill has been introduced in Kenya’s Parliament that seeks to top Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill by punishing homosexuality with life imprisonment and the death penalty.
According to Daily Nation, the Republican Liberty Party has presented the draft bill to the National Assembly.
Same-sex consensual sex among adults is already illegal in Kenya, with punishment of between five to 14 years imprisonment, but the proposed bill aims to dramatically increase these penalties.
If passed, the new legislation will send any Kenyan citizen found guilty of having gay sex to prison for life.
Any foreigner found guilty of the same offence will be stoned to death in public and anyone found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality” will also be stoned to death in public.
Aggravated homosexuality will apply to anyone that is a serial offender and as well as anyone who has gay sex with a minor, a person living with Aids, or a person with a disability. These penalties are similar to those included in the original Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill, before the death penalty was removed.
The Kenyan bill will now be considered by the Justice and Legal Affairs committee which will make a decision as to whether it should proceed in Parliament.
“The petition aims at providing a comprehensive and enhanced legislation to protect the cherished culture of the people of Kenya, legal, religious and traditional family values against the attempts of sexual rights activists seeking to impose their values of sexual promiscuity on the people of Kenya,” said the bill’s author, Republican Liberty Party Legal Secretary Edward Onwong’a Nyakeriga.
“There is need to protect children and youth who are vulnerable to sexual abuse and deviation as a result of cultural changes, uncensored information technology, parentless child developmental settings and increasing attempts by homosexuals to raise children in homosexual relationships through adoption, foster care or otherwise,” he added.
It is not clear if the bill will find support within the Kenyan government. In March, majority parliamentary leader Aden Duale, compared homosexuality to terrorism but rejected pressure to implement tougher laws against homosexuality.
A global survey released last year found that 90% of Kenyans believe that homosexuality should not be accepted by society.