By Suleiman Hassan
President Uhuru Kenyatta has publicly raised his voice against gay rights saying the issue was not a priority for Kenyans.
Speaking at a Press conference he addressed with visiting US President Barack Obama after the two sides held bilateral talks at State House on Saturday afternoon, Uhuru said that Kenyan societies would not accept same sex unions and it was not worth spending time discussing the issue.
He was responding to a question by a journalist who sought to know the position of the two leaders on the matter.
“The fact of the matter is that Kenya and the United States, We share so many values, democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families and these are things that we share, but there are things that 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 that they themselves do not accept” said President Uhuru.
The Kenyan leader added that he repeatedly said that for Kenyans today, the issue of gay rights was really a non issue.
“We want to focus on other areas that are day to day living for our people” he said pointing out health and women issues, infrastructure and encouraging entrepreneurship as the key focuses for Kenya.
“As of now the fact remains this is not an issue on the foremost mind of Kenyans, and that is the fact”. Concluded Kenyatta.
Kenyatta’s sentiment adds to the voice of Kenyans, most of whom asked the US leader to steer clear of the debate when he visits the country.
Obama on his side, as usual, threw his weight behind the issue saying the US will treat people equally regardless of their sexual orientation.