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Daily Nation : February 19th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 19, 2014 WELCOME TO THE BAR | 102 lawyers admitted to roll of advocates Lawyers shortly before they were admitted to the Bar as advocates of the High Court of Kenya during a ceremony held at the Supreme Court in Nairobi yesterday. Some 102 lawyers were admitted to the roll of advocates. WILLIAM OERI | NATION National News 3 Heavy rains set to reduce, predicts Met BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The heavy rains pounding some parts of the country are expected to reduce by Friday, the meteorological department said yesterday. Deputy Director of Meteoro- logical Services Peter Ambenje identified Nairobi, Central Kenya, Mt Elgon, Taita Taveta and Kwale as some of the areas which are expected to experience reduced rainfall from today. LEGISLATION| Lawmakers launch caucus to rally the House to fully enforce law against practice MPs to fight homosexuality Question on gay activities is expected to spur debate when it comes before the House BY CAROLINE WAFULA @carwafs firstname.lastname@example.org public to arrest gay people where police fail to act. Through a newly formed parliamen- F tary caucus, the lawmakers will also be rallying their colleagues in Parliament to fully enforce relevant parts of the law that prohibits gay practice. The caucus to fight gayism in Kenya was launched yesterday to coordinate all plans and activities meant to fight it. It was announced in Parliament just a day after US President Barack Obama issued a statement urging Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni not to sign into law a Bill banning gay- ive MPs have declared an onslaught on homosexuality, which includes rallying the ism in the neighbouring country. The MPs want the National Security Committee of the National Assembly to summon the Attorney-General, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Registrar General of Companies to explain how gay practice continues to thrive in the country despite being prohibited in the laws of the land. Mr Irungu Kang’ata (Kiharu), Mr Julius Ndegwa (Lamu West) Mr John Njoroge (Kasarani), Mr Clement Wambugu (Mathioya) and Mr Stephen Kinyanjui (Kinangop) said they will lobby Kenyans to maintain harsh anti-gay laws and Parliament to tighten the current law. Already, Mr Kang’ata has filed a question which is expected to spur a heated debate on the practice in the country when it comes before the floor of the House where it is expected to be referred to the relevant committee of Parliament for further action. The caucus issued a hard-hitting statement declaring homosexuality wrong, illegal and unethical and demanding that any person promoting its practice be arrested. The MPs said the AG and the DPP must explain why gays in the country HOMOSEXUALITY What the Laws of Kenya state nSection 162 of the Penal Act, Cap 63 Laws of Kenya states that any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the law of nature is guilty of a felony and may be imprisoned for a period of 14 years. nSection 165 of the same Act provides that any male person, whether in public or private, who engages in acts deemed as indecent with a fellow male is also guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for five years. The MPs also said: Gayism is a human-made behaviour, if it was a natural response, justification for our opposition to gayism would be shaky, but now this is just a habit. still go around freely even publicly declaring their inclinations. The Registrar General, on the other hand, will be required to explain how any gay group has been registered, if any. Mr Njoroge argued that gayism was immoral and against the country’s cultural and religious traditions. “Unless the law is amended, acts of gayism or promotion of such activities will remain illegal in the same manner stealing or killing is illegal. If need be, we are ready to strengthen the law to curb any breaches,” he stated. The MPs said the law as it is, sufficiently bars homosexuality and should only be enforced. They stated that anyone who wishes to amend the law should channel the same through Parliament, but added that the same would be defeated by the people’s representatives. Mr Kangata said some have mis- taken woman to woman marriages in Kenya for gayism and that it was wrong. “This is an arrangement for barren women to marry fellow women who sire children with men—not with women,” he stated. The areas will however be cloudy... Other areas to experience reduced rainfall include Western Kenya, Voi, Kitui, Makueni...” Met deputy boss Peter Ambeje “The areas will however be cloudy... Other areas expected to experience reduced rainfall include Western Kenya, Voi, Southern parts of Kitui, Makueni, Kajiado South and Narok,” Mr Ambenje, who is in-charge of forecasting, said However, rains will continue pounding parts of Nakuru between Thursday and Friday while dry conditions are expected to prevail countrywide from Sunday. The deputy director reiterated that the heavy rainfall, which begun last week in some parts of the country, did not signify the onset of the anticipated March to May long rains season. Mr Ambenje said the department is expected to release the March to May long rains season forecast later on. The current rains have destroyed property in several parts of the country and claimed a life in the Namanga border town. Murang’a, Thika, Nyeri, Kabete and Wilson Airport are among areas that have recorded the highest rainfall.
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