‘Arrest CS George Magoha,’ Rights activists say as they contest his remarks on gay students

‘Arrest CS George Magoha,’ Rights activists say as they contest his remarks on gay students

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha. PHOTO|COURTESY

Western Kenya rights activists now want the court to summon Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha over his sentiments on gay learners.

The activists argued that Magoha’s remarks were discriminative against a section of the society because of their ‘perceived sexual orientation and gender identity and being in a position of leadership, the CS should face the law.

“The Constitution says the State shall not discriminate against a person on any ground, including race, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social status,” Western Kenya LBQT Feminist Forum program director, Becky Odhiambo said.

“The Education Cabinet Secretary has done that and should be taken to court,” she added.

Ms. Odhiambo went on to state that all Kenyans including children are constitutionally bound to enjoy their freedoms undeterred and the CS should not interfere.

“There are no gay learners, there are learners. Children should be accorded the freedom to study wherever they want. The same Constitution encourages affirmative action,” Ms Odhiambo said.

Another activist Caroline Rucah seconded Odhiambo’s words saying it is wrong to assume that children do not have the right to privacy and choice.

CS Magoha triggered the discussion that has since caused controversy on social media on Thursday when he stated that gay students should be banned from attending boarding schools.

Magoha who was addressing school heads in Kisumu instructed that students engaging in homosexuality be limited to only day schools.

“Right now, there are contemporary cases of children who are homosexual and lesbians, they must go to day schools close to their homes. Your responsibility should be for the greater majority and not a few individuals. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by children,” he said.


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