Last edited: April 28, 2007


  • Statute: Sections 162 to 165, carnal knowledge against the order of nature.
  • Penalty: 5 to 14 years.
  • Restrictions:
Sections 162 to 165 of the Penal Code criminalize homosexual behaviour and attempted homosexual behaviour between men, referring to it as "carnal knowledge against the order of nature". The penalty is 5 to 14 years' imprisonment. Lesbian relations are not mentioned in the law. (PB)

"03-Nov-94: Kenya deported an Australian homosexual who worked at a hotel in the resort of Lamu Nov. 2, Reuter reported. Immigration officials said the man was told to leave "to protect him from the people of Lamu who abhor homosexual activities. Two other suspected queers were targeted as well but immigration officials were unable to locate them. "Homosexuality is prohibited under our country's laws and is morally unacceptable in our society," immigration spokesman Frank Kwinga explained. "We shall not allow these people to come and teach our people bad manners." "(RW/ 951)

June 26, 1998: " Kenyan law defines any sexual relations between men as a criminal act. There   are, however, few prosecutions; one exception is the current (early 1998) investigation into the Forum for Positive Generation on Aids Prevention, a registered community organisation for people with HIV in Kisumu. Police allege that the organisation has been "recruiting" homosexuals." ( Homosexuality and Aids: A double-edged sword By WANJIRA KIAMA)


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