MP calls for life sentences for those convicted of homosexuality

Peter Kaluma, a member of parliament for Homa Bay Town, wants those found guilty of homosexuality and other unlawful sexual behaviour to receive a life sentence or a punishment that is comparable.

According to Kaluma, he plans to introduce a bill to the National Assembly that would toughen up the punishment for violators.

“We must arrest homosexuality, bestiality and those other unnatural acts before the vices destroy our society,” the MP said on Twitter.

He stated that the goal of his proposed legislation is to advance the family protection provisions of Article 45(2) of the Constitution.

He emphasised that the law would raise the penalty for unnatural sexual actions in addition to consolidating the current laws on the subject.

The High Court upheld statutes that make homosexual acts between consenting adults illegal on May 24, 2019.

Three Kenyan organisations that support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals petitioned the court in 2016, and the court was considering their request.

The organisations claimed that criminalising same-sex behaviour in violation of articles 162 and 165 of the penal code violates Kenya’s constitution’s guarantees of equality, nondiscrimination, human dignity, security, privacy, and health.

British colonisers first enacted Kenya’s anti-homosexuality legislation in 1897.

Carnal knowledge against the natural order is punishable by up to 14 years in prison under Article 162, while “indecent acts between males” are punishable by up to five years in prison under Article 165.


Written by Brian Mayodi

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