Raila denies ordering arrest of gay Kenyans

Posted by on 1st December 2010

Categories:   Members of Parliament

Prime Minister Raila Odinga has faced a barrage of local and international criticism for his recent remarks calling for the arrest of homosexuals in Kenya.

His office / PR team has now released a statement where he appears to be backpedaling from his controversial (and disturbing) threats by using the “I was misquoted’ tack. Below is the text of the statement the PM’s office released – it is disingenuous at best. It would be interesting to compare the statement below with actual video footage of the rally where he spoke.

ALLEGED PM ORDER FOR ARREST OF GAYS:

A story that appeared early today in Capital FM’s online edition and later picked by the Daily Nation late Sunday evening to the effect that Prime Minister Raila Odinga ordered arrest of gay couples was incorrect and widely missed the core message of
the Prime Minister’s remarks earlier that day.

The Prime Minister made references to gay marriages in the context of what he called “lies, propaganda and fear-mongering” that opponents of the then draft constitution engaged in during the referendum campaigns.

The PM said one of the lies was that the draft legalized same sex marriages. The other was that it would force the government to build abortion wards in all hospitals because it legalized abortion.
The Prime Minister went ahead to explain that time has proved these were lies.

In regard to gay marriages, the PM added a rider that even if it had been legal, Kenyans were likely to continue the established trend of marrying the opposite sex. After all, he said, census data released early this year indicated there were more women than men and there would be little reason for Kenyans to turn to same sex marriages. This rider is what the media picked and twisted to imply order of arrest.

Prime Minister Odinga made no such orders and has no intentions of making any such orders.

DENNIS ONYANGO;
COMMUNICATION SECRETARY,
OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER;

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