Three members of parliament in the east African nation of Kenya are demanding to know why the government isn't enforcing an 84-year-old, colonial-era law that punishes consensual sex between men with up to 14 years' imprisonment. The leader of the National Assembly's majority coalition, MP Aden Duale, has been tasked with reviewing the situation and reporting his findings to the full House.
All Africa reports:
Duale said he would need more than one month to investigate and file a report in the House, terming it a controversial issue.
"I need to make trips both to the neighbouring countries and to more developed nations, because I need to consult across the borders how this thing can be handled," stated the Majority Leader. "Mr Speaker you will indulge me if by one and half months I will not have an answer then you will give two or three years."
[Kiharu MP Irungu] Kangata said that in spite of the existence of prohibitions on homosexual behaviour, gays have had leverage to operate with impunity in Kenya as the State appears helpless in cracking down on what they insist are illegalities.
He cited the provisions of Section 162 of the Penal Code, which prohibits same-sex relations and provides a jail term of not less than 14 years for those convicted of the felony.
"The Majority Leader should report to and inquire into; reasons for the non-enforcement of anti-gays laws, whether there are any organisations that are championing violation of the aforementioned law and if they are registered, what steps are being taken by the government to de-register or curtail such organisations' activities," Kangata demanded.
But a report from Gay Star News claims that Kangata isn't waiting for Duale's investigation to run its course. Instead, he and a group of like-minded politicians are allegedly plotting to sway public opinion against the country's LGBT community by coercing teens into carrying out anti-gay attacks.
Details, after the jump.