From the East African Standard, Nairobi
There are many gay Kenyans and their number is growing. If all of them came out of the closet, the whole nation would be aghast at discovering close family members belonging to the connection. This touchy subject must now be discussed openly because of the sex crisis facing the Catholic Church in America where a number of gay priests have confessed to child molestation. The world has been left astounded by the manner in which the Church, believing it was dealing with sin rather than crime, failed to deal with the problem by refusing to remove the culprits from priesthood.
The inevitable question Kenyans are asking, albeit quietly, is whether we face the same problem. The fact that the outrage in the US Catholic Church was kept under wraps for so long may mean it could be repeated anywhere in the world, without the detection of the arm of the law.
The homosexual taboo in African culture
In most heterosexual African cultures, homosexuality is a taboo even among consenting adults. Inappropriate sexual proclivity is repugnant to African morality. One outstanding characteristic of African culture is that it is basically homophobic and sees homosexuality as an abomination. Africans are simply not able to relate to people who prefer to have sex with members of their own gender.
Yet in many Western countries, the right to indulge in the practice is viewed as a human right. In Kenya it is clandestinely widespread and it is the belief of a large portion of the new generation Africans that the gay community should not be blacklisted. The problem is whether the group indulges in molestation of boys making them hooked to the behaviour.
The crisis in America should shed more light on our own society where paedophilia also exists. American’s uproar over the scandal is making them face facts about unchaste gay priests and it is a feeling of many Kenyans that we too are facing a ticking time bomb about to explode over the homosexual community among us.
Homosexuals in Kenyan society
At the moment there seems to be no public rupture between the homosexual community and Kenyan society. While the Kenyan homosexuals pose no danger to the rest of wananchi, soon they may start to demand official recognition. That may be followed by ruthless gay bashing instead of taking a principled position, regarding them as normal human beings with sexual preferences.
Kenyans may be against homosexuals, but there are some who believe not all the stereotypes about the perverts are true. A lot of them are said to be useful members of our society. Among the Kenyan intelligentsia are some who believe that in the corridors of justice the gay issue needs to be reviewed to see whether the existing underground community is being appropriately treated. Naturally, the majority of Kenyans will consider this ridiculous, but in a world that is beginning to treat homosexuals as legally normal, the community in Kenya may soon start to wage a struggle to gain similar recognition.
There are many who believe anyone’s sexual orientation is a private and personal affair. Some modern straight Kenyans knowingly mix with their homosexual friends freely despite the fact that for a long time to come our society will consider homosexuality the most sinful stamp of shame. There is evidence to accept that sooner or later homosexual militants in our society will be as common as they are in the Western world and no one will dare challenge their suitability to survive with the rest of wananchi as equal human beings.
The bigotry and intolerance that shapes the hate attitude against the gay community will soon be a thing of the past. Making these observations may put some people in a very nervous situation, but any society that is unafraid of facing the truth always succeeds in producing the best of all possible worlds. Be that as it may homosexuality can never justify paedophilia. One is regarded as a sexual orientation and the other as a terrible crime. It seems to most observers that despite our society’s aversion to gayness, it exists and is responsible for paedophilia.
Sexual abuse in schools
Though Kenyans’ faith in boarding schools remains firm there is suspicion that in some of them sexual abuse of boys goes on, and will soon become a major scandal. Something extremely shocking may be revealed when the moral standards of the managers of the boarding institutions are examined. The mere mention of this subject is likely to make emotions run high among teachers and parents. The truth is that morality is sinking in boarding schools and the fearful indicator of that is the proliferation of clandestine gay societies in many institutions where a number of young Kenyans consider African cultural values and attitudes outdated and outmoded.
The wave of paedophilia scandal is sweeping in many Kenyan education institutions and when the truth is discovered it will be extremely hard not to loathe the people molesting children they are entrusted to take care of. One critical aspect of what goes on in boarding schools is that it has received so little attention and the entire society appears unconcerned about the crime of paedophilia that is said to be taking place throughout the country. The allegations say that some of the elder boys use their powers to violate the trust given to them to look after the young ones. To avoid repeating in Kenya what has happened in the US the country needs to set moral standards that would make sure African decency does not decline at the introduction of Western style of life. There are some Kenyan societies that consider sexual virtue and chastity more precious than life itself. Pederasts in education institutions who make regular homosexual advances towards children must therefore be exposed and dealt with sooner rather than later.