Tiny Kenyan party seeks stoning, life in prison for gay sex

Logo of Kenya's tiny Republican Liberty Party.
Logo of Kenya’s tiny Republican Liberty Party.

A tiny political party in Kenya is seeking a law that would impose death by stoning as a punishment for same-sex relations between non-Kenyans, with a life sentence as the punishment for Kenyans.
The Daily Nation newspaper reported yesterday that the Republican Liberty Party submitted that proposal to the National Assembly, where no members of the Republican Liberty Party are currently serving.
According to the Political Handbook of the World 2014, the Republican Liberty Party is one of dozens of “minor groups that put forward candidates” in recent elections.
The National Assembly does have an anti-gay caucus, formed in February, that consists of several legislators who hope to “rally their colleagues in Parliament to fully enforce current relevant parts of the law that prohibit gay practices,” the Daily Nation reported.
A Kenyan law, rarely enforced, provides for up to 14 years in prison for same-sex intimacy.

 

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at info@76crimes.com.

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