While appearing in an interview with CNN, Ruto was asked if his administration will grant the LGBTQ their ‘human and civic’ rights. Ruto said that Kenya has lots of bigger issues to deal with for now than homosexuality.
Ruto in this interview said that the country has Kenyan laws, constitution, traditions and customs. He added that his administration will continue to respect the traditions and customs of others.
And he hopes that these partners will do the same for Kenya. Ruto further said that as Kenyans, they respect what others believe in but they also have what they believe in as a country.
“Kenya has its own laws, customs, traditions, and constitution and we will continue to respect that. We respect everybody for what they believe in and we hope that they will respect what we also believe in,” said Ruto.
Ruto was then played a previous interview of his boss, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta had said that homosexuality was not agreeable in Kenya.
Uhuru said that this issue is one to be handled by the Kenyan society. And if they don’t want it, it can’t be forced on them because their culture dictates otherwise.
When they asked if his administration will crack down on the LGBTQ like most African leaders, Ruto said that his boss Kenyatta was spot on about the issue.
Ruto additionally said that this is not a big issue for Kenyans. And if it ever becomes so, the people of Kenya will make a choice.
As for now, the country is grappling with real issues such as hunger, and unemployment. It’s currently his and the people of Kenya’s concern. And if this issue ever becomes a presser, the Kenyans will make a choice and the government will respect it.
Ruto in 2015 gained negative publicity in the Western media after he said that there was no room for gays in Kenya.
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