Kenyas Moi Joins Attack on Gays in Africa
Reuters, September 30, 1999
NAIROBIKenyan President Daniel arap Moi has joined a growing
list of African leaders to attack gays, saying homosexuality is a "scourge" that
goes against Christian teachings and African traditions.
Speaking at an agricultural show in Nairobi on Wednesday, Moi said Kenyans should guard
against "dangerous practices" such as homosexuality.
"It is not right that a man should go with another man or a woman with another
woman. It is against African tradition and Biblical teachings," the 75-year-old Moi
said. "I will not shy away from warning Kenyans against the dangers of the
Yoweri Museveni, president of neighbouring Uganda, earlier this week ordered the arrest
of homosexuals for carrying out what he described as "abominable acts."
Homosexuality is illegal or taboo in many African countries and few gay people feel
able to be open about their sexuality.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been particularly outspoken in his condemnation
of homosexuality, once describing gay people as "lower than dogs."
Moi made fun of gays in his comments on Wednesday.
"Now we are seeing men wearing earrings to make it easy for them to be identified
by other men," he said to laughter from the audience.
More and more young men in Kenyas urban areas wear earrings but many of them are
simply copying Western music stars whose videos are shown on Kenyan television.
Earrings are also part of traditional dress for some of Kenyas oldest tribes,
including its Maasai warriors.
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