What the heck? Kenya is not America. Don’t come impose your shameful ways to Africa. That’s pretty much the answer Obama received from Kenyatta.
President Barack Obama on Saturday tried to lecture Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta about his country’s gay rights record.
“When you start treating people differently not because of any harm they are doing to anybody, but because they are different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode, and bad things happen.” Obama said at a joint press conference with the Kenyan leader in Nairobi.
“And when a government gets in a habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread,” Obama continued. “As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law.”
And Kenyatta’s response is a stern rebuke of the US President that earned him applause from the audience.
“The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families — these are some things that we share,” Kenyatta said. “But there are some things that we must admit we don’t share. Our culture, our societies don’t accept.”
“It is very difficult for us to be able to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept,” Kenyatta continued. “This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today the (gay rights issue) is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas.”
Let’s recall that the US supreme court earlier imposed gay marriage on all states of America regardless if the people if that said voted against gay marriage or not. They want to bring this shameful thing to Africa and we say no way.
Under Kenyan law, sexual activity between men is illegal and punishable with a maximum imprisonment of 14 years. Many Kenyan leaders had encouraged Obama not to discuss gay rights on his first trip to the country as President. But he thought he can just dictate and lecture us.