Obama’s forthcoming visit to Kenya splits govt, legislature

US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

Ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya later this month, there is a growing debate on what he can and cannot say during his short stay in the East African nation.

Given the Supreme Court’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage in the United States, some high ranking officials in Kenya’s politics are worried Obama might touch on homosexual rights in Kenya during his highly anticipated speech.

Although Kenya’s State House has released a statement saying Obama is free to talk about anything he deems important in his speech, the Deputy President William Ruto has indicated Kenyans cannot allow legalizing homosexuality.

“Kenya is a God-fearing country and will not be lured into embracing same sex marriage,” Ruto was quoted as saying Sunday.

Ruto is not alone in speaking out against homosexuality ahead of Obama’s visit.

A number lawmakers in Kenya have essentially cautioned Obama not to dare touch on homosexuality in his speech.

Obama is due to visit his father’s homeland to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) slated for July 24 to 26 in Nairobi.

“It is okay for him (Obama) to talk about whatever he wants, it doesn’t mean we as Kenyans must do as he says though,” 24 year old university student Diana Njenga told this website