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Daily Nation : February 7th 2014
16 | National News BY NATION REPORTER Homosexuals yesterday launched a book in their bid to be recognised and accepted in Kenya. This comes barely two weeks after award-winning writer Binyavanga Wainaina went public that he is gay. Invisible: Stories From Kenya’s Queer Community has been written by former journalist and member of the gay activist community Kevin Mwachiro (right). The 114-page book comprises sto- ries about some Kenyans who have allegedly been subjected to torture for being gays or lesbians. According to Mr Mwachiro, 40, there are several homosexuals in Kenya who have not revealed their sexuality for fear of being rejected in society. He was addressing hundreds of lesbians and gays during the book launch in Nairobi. The launch was attended by several homosexual activists from Kenya and other parts of the world. Mr Mwachiro said homosexuals in the country had been denied the opportunity to tell their stories and even determine how they want depicted in society. “I hope this book will enable soci- ety to understand that homosexuals are found in every part of Kenya. It will also make gays and lesbians understand that they are not alone,” said the Daystar University graduate and former BBC World Service correspondent. “The grey cover of the book has a foot that you cannot tell whether it is a man’s or a woman’s. Therefore, it means you cannot know some- DAILY NATION Friday February 7, 2014 Homosexuals launch book as they seek acceptance body’s sexuality by just seeing him or her walking on the street,” he explained. Kenya is among several African countries that have prohibited same-sex marriages. However, homosexuals argue that gayism and lesbianism are enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution where each person has a right of association. “This book will go a long way in making the society around us accept what we are,” said Mr Wainaina, who attended the event. DROUGHT | Government responds Sh186m relief food sent to arid regions Sh4.3 billion set aside to deal with food emergencies, says Uhuru BY ISAAC ONGIRI @ongiri2 firstname.lastname@example.org R elief food worth Sh186 million was yesterday sent to famine-sticken parts of Kenya. President Kenyatta flagged off 11 lorries carrying relief supplies at State House in Nairobi, where he announced that the government has set aside Sh4.3 billion to deal with food emergencies in the country. Yesterday’s supplies were destined for Turkana, Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Samburu and Laikipia counties. Inadequate rains President Kenyatta said the situation his government had responded to had been occasioned by inadequate October to December 2013 short rains. “The Jubilee government, through the relevant ministries, has responded by implementing various mitigation measures in various sectors that have included provision of food relief and water; provision of emergency health services; and interventions in the agriculture and livestock sectors, among others,” said the President. He said the Sh2 billion part of the initial budget had already been spent on relief support, with about Sh600 million allocated to various county governments while an additional Sh2.3 billion was authorised by the Cabinet this week. He said that his government has planned major irrigation projects around the country as a permanent way of dealing with food insecurity. ‘‘ BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The High Court has stopped a decision by a presidential taskforce to alter the ownership of a cement factory. Mr Justice George Odunga yesterday ordered that the East African Portland Cement Factory should not be considered yet as a state corporation with regards to shareholding. “It is only just with respect to the factory that the recommendation of the taskforce should be stopped,” Mr Justice The government has responded by implementing various mitigation measures that have included provision of food and water” President Kenyatta Bid on cement firm stopped Odunga said. In October last year, the Presidential Taskforce on Parastatal Reforms recommended that the State should invoke the Competition Act ,which the petitioner, Mr Charles Omanga, claims would dilute shareholding in the firm. He added the government with 25.3 per cent shares has no power to change the firm’s structure and that its shareholding cannot be combined with that of NSSF. The case will be heard on March 3.
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