Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma has proposed a bill to increase the penalty for those found guilty of homosexuality and other unnatural acts in Kenya.
The bill is designed to protect the family as outlined in Article 45(2) of the Constitution and would consolidate existing legislation relating to unnatural sexual acts.
Kaluma has suggested that those found guilty of such acts should face life imprisonment or a commensurate sentence.
However, in May 2019, the High Court upheld laws criminalizing homosexual acts between consenting adults, with three Kenyan organizations filing a petition arguing that such laws violate fundamental human rights.
Kenya’s anti-homosexuality laws were first imposed by British colonizers in 1897, and remain in place today, punishing those found guilty of unnatural sexual acts with up to 14 years in prison.
While Kaluma’s proposal remains controversial, it highlights the ongoing debate around homosexuality in Kenya and the need to find a solution that satisfies all parties involved.