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MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling

Homa Bay Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma has fired a bombshell at the Supreme court over the LGBTQI ruling on Wednesday last week in Nairobi.

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Speaking at the Parliament building where Homa Bay Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma addressed journalists on March 1 after the National Assembly sitting, he said that the Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQI is unconstitutional and not allowed in Kenya.

MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling
PHOTO/COURTESY: Homa Bay Member of Parliament Peter Kaluma during a past media briefing.

“We are going back to the Supreme Court for scrutiny. It is good that only three of the judges were in acceptance of the ruling. We would want the full bench to scrutiny the decision,” Peter Kaluma said.

Some lawmakers have pressurized to amend the constitution to dissolve the Supreme court over its decision to allow the registration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) groups.

MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling
PHOTO/COURTESY: The flag representing LGBTQI.

The lawmakers have drawn from the Catholic and Muslim Members of Parliament caucus separately promised to challenge the Supreme court ruling to the sharp end.

“If it does not work, we will go back to the people who have the conclusive power to demobilize the Supreme Court. We will also initiate a bill to deregister organizations promoting LGBTQI activities,” MP Kaluma clarified.

MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling
PHOTO/COURTESY: MP Peter Kaluma during a press briefing in Nairobi.

The lawmakers accused western countries of funding the pro-LGBTQI campaigns in the country and threatened to deregister any organization promoting immoral activities that go against the Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and other religious teachings respectively.

The Supreme court ruling on Wednesday last week, the Seven-Judges of the Supreme court by a majority of three against and two judges allowed the registration of LGBTQI groups in Kenya.

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Njoki Ndung’u, and Smokin Wanjala argued that the constitution guarantees the right and freedom to associate and that it was discriminatory for the NGO Coordination Board to reject the application of LGBTQI groups.

MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling
PHOTO COLLAGE/COURTESY: Justice Philomena Mwilu (left), Justice Njoki Ndung’u.

The judges also noted that the government through the NGO Coordination Board had condemned members of the LGBTQI fraternity unheard by refusing to register them.

Justices William Ouko and Mohammed Ibrahim, in their dissenting opinion, noted that there was no point in registering an organization that would promote illegalities.

Chief Justice Martha Koome and Justice Isaac Lenaola were not part of the bench that heard the appeal at Kenya’s Supreme court in Nairobi.

Bobasi Member of Parliament Innocent Obiri, the chairman of Catholic MPs in parliament warned that the NGO board will be starved of cash and disbanded should it go ahead to comply with the Suprime court’s directive.

MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling
PHOTO/COURTESY: A symbol of LGBTQI.

Obiri maintained that the act is ungodly, immoral, and against the African culture and must not be imposed on Kenyans in exchange for aid from countries from the west.

“If the NGO Board becomes a conduit in registration of such illegal activities in the country, then Parliament will have no alternative but enact a law for its disbandment. We have many pressing challenges affecting the country currently like drought, hunger, poor infrastructure, and then somebody chooses to fund LGBTQ,” Innocent Obiri said.

“The support for the LGBTQ is now linked to foreign aid, you are denied funding if you oppose LGBTQI,” he added as his Tongaren colleague and secretary general of the Catholic MPs, John Chikati.

“The NGO board should be very careful. It should do a thorough investigation on all organizations seeking to be registered and whether they comply with our morality as a country,” John Chikati commentated in a statement.

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The NGO board is among the government agencies tasked with the implementation of the Supreme Court judgment.

On Tuesday, February 28, Kenya received Ksh h15.9 billion from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for food assistance, which Kaluma noted that the donation is the lure to have Kenya support homosexuality, a move he said must be resisted.

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Another identified group of MPs called Bunge Fellowship also condemned the ruling saying it goes against the country’s moral and cultural fabric that binds the country.

MP Kaluma Fires Bombshell to Supreme Court Over LGBTQI Ruling
PHOTO/COURTESY: The Kenyan National Assembly.

“Members of Parliament who believe in Jesus Christ have committed several legislative proposals that seek to reverse or erase the very unfortunate and preposterous ruling that appears to legalize sin in the country,” Nyandarua Woman Representative Faith Gitau said.

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