Eldoret Clergy Urges President Ruto to Clarify Kenya’s Stance on LGBTQ Rights During US State Visit

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“We earnestly beseech our President to unequivocally affirm our nation’s repudiation of LGBTQ practices. We ardently prayed for his ascension to leadership, and former President Uhuru displayed resolute resolve on this matter. Nonetheless, President William Ruto’s position remains shrouded in ambiguity,”

Eldoret pastors call for President Ruto to make Kenya's stance on LGBTQ rights clear during his US visit, citing recent flag-raising controversy

A segment of Eldoret’s ecclesiastical community has urged  President William Ruto to unequivocally affirm Kenya’s repudiation of LGBTQ practices  during his  current diplomatic mission to the United States, pressing for a definitive declaration of Kenya’s position regarding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) individuals.

Led by the venerable Chairman Peter Simwa of the Eldoret Pastors Council, this cadre asserts that on May 19th, the UK Commission in Kenya raised the LGBTQ flag to commemorate Agender Pride Day, an occasion observed globally to raise awareness about agender individuals.

“We earnestly beseech our President to unequivocally affirm our nation’s repudiation of LGBTQ practices. We ardently prayed for his ascension to leadership, and former President Uhuru displayed resolute resolve on this matter. Nonetheless, President William Ruto’s position remains shrouded in ambiguity,” declared the clergy.

Bishop Zablon Malema of Halleluyah Church Mwanzo underscored that the ecclesiastical community in Kenya has articulated their stance with utmost clarity, interpreting the raising of the LGBTQ flag as emblematic of the President’s equivocation on an issue that could potentially undermine African ethos and Christian doctrine. They implored President Ruto to rebuff foreign aid contingent upon acceptance of LGBTQ practices, staunchly expressing a preference for forgoing assistance rather than compromising national principles. Reverend Esther and Bishop David Ndiwa further entreated the international community to honor Kenya’s steadfast position on LGBTQ matters, citing Ghana and Uganda as exemplars of African nations with punitive laws against such practices.

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