In a recent statement, Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei dismissed allegations linking US First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to Kenya with the recent Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ rights in the country.
Cherargei maintained that Biden did not influence the decision or push the government to support LGBTQ rights.
He also clarified that the US government did not donate Ksh16 billion to Kenya following the ruling, explaining that the funds were actually released by the Agency for International Development to help fight hunger and drought.
As an opponent of homosexuality in Kenya, Cherargei argued that the first lady’s visit was not related to the country’s LGBTQ issues.
He further praised President William Ruto and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, for their commitment to upholding the 2010 Constitution and their stance against same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights.
The Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ rights has been a contentious issue in Kenya, with some individuals and groups voicing support for LGBTQ individuals while others have opposed their rights.
Cherargei’s statements on the matter are likely to fuel further debate on the issue, especially given his position as a senator and his influence in the country’s political sphere.