The President of the East African nation of Kenya has confirmed his anti-LGBTI opinions asserting that LGBTI rights are of “no importance” to his country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s homophobic views, were reinforced during an interview with CNN.
Speaking with Christiane Amanpour, the East African leader stated that, “I want to be very clear; I will not engage in a subject that is not of any major importance to the people and the republic of Kenya.”
“This is not an issue as you would want to put it, of human rights, this is an issue of society. It is an issue of our own base, our own culture as a people,” Kenyatta Added, before mentioning that no community in Kenya would acknowledge the practice as culturally acceptable.
Chief International Correspondent for CNN rebutted the African leader, mentioning that he was “going to get himself in trouble,” while noting that the acceptance of the LGBTI community is an increasing global issue.
Despite Amanpour’s attempts to encourage Kenyatta to change or water down his views, the President maintained his position, stating that, “It is not important to me as the leader of 49 million Kenyans.”
Refusing to discuss his own personal veiws on the topic, Kenyatta did state, that, “in years to come, after I am done being President, maybe our society will reach a state where that is an issue that people are willing to openly discuss.”