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LGBTQ+ has no place in Kenya-Dorcas Rigathi

Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, Wife to the Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has strongly condemned introduction of LGBTQ in the Country, terming the vice as strange and against our religion and culture.

Pastor Rigathi, while addressing widows in Loitoktok Town Saturday, said there was no room for conversation on the same, which has no positive value in our society.

She further pointed out that currently the Country is facing myriads of challenges such as poverty, drought, policies and advocacy for widows and other vulnerable groups, hence there was no time to dwell on such vices.

Pastor Rigathi urged the western countries which propagate LGBTQ to respect Africa and its culture and values, rather than forcing their principles, which are contrary to ours.

She further pointed out that family is the basic important unit in the society and is propagated by heterosexual relationships, which needed to be protected by all means and not by LGBTQ affiliations.

Consequently, in Kenya LGBTQ is legally criminalized and culturally a taboo, with no religious backing at all.

On Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages of underage girls, Pastor Rigathi, called for inclusion of fathers and the boy child in the fight against the vices.

She said fathers can play crucial role in the changing of mindset of the youths concerning FGM by encouraging the boys that it was also okay to marry a girl who had not undergone FGM.

By involving male counterparts in the fight against FGM and early marriages, less money will be used through advocacy by Non-Government Organizations, noted the Deputy President’s spouse.

On her part, Edna Lenku, spouse to the Governor of Kajiado County, Joseph Ole Lenku, who spoke during the event, promised that they will fast track policies that will positively address the plight of widows and other vulnerable groups in the County, as well as fight against early marriages, FGM and gender based violence.

Kajiado County Commissioner, Felix Watakila, tasked National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) not to allow cases of early marriages and FGM in their area of jurisdiction.

Watakila cautioned the officials against engaging in FGM by taking their girls to the neighbouring Tanzania, only to bring them back after undergoing the cut.

He challenged them that they have a duty to protect and advocate for the rights of all girls.

By Kimani Tirus

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