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Daily Nation : February 24th 2014
6 LAST WEEK I watched an interesting BBC documentary about Muammar Gadaffi. Titled Mad Dog, it was an investigation into the life of the former Libyan leader and featured extensive interviews with those who worked for him. In it, we are reminded that not only was Gadaffi a murderous, delusional megalomaniac, but also a racist child molester. Oh, and it includes U odongo THE WAG waga The idea that a victimless crime could exist in what ought to be a secular democracy is ludicrous and a sign of a religious law. Sam Harris, in ‘The End of Faith’, calls victimless crimes “debts without creditors” the video of Brother Paul Pattni crowning the ‘brother leader’ as King of Kings. After his ouster, many of his female guards were executed by rebels while others were thrown into prison. One former female guard talked to the documentary producers but they refused to share either her name or whereabouts. They also disguised her voice to ganda is threatening to enact a law that will make life even harder for gay people. If the Bill becomes law, they might lose American funding for many of their programmes. So, between greed and hatred, which wins out? In the triage of petty human deformities, which one beats the other? At what moment do you think hypocrisy wells up inside someone to make their greed cancel out the petty hatreds? When do you think Uganda’s greed for war on terror cash will beat their confected outrage at homosexuals? American money or Uganda’s faux morals? I have my money on greed. Remember Uganda, or more accurately the Baganda, had a pederast king who had young boys for that purpose in the 19th century. Perhaps he was a usurper because, as we have frequently been told, homosexuality is unAfrican. I also recall watching a documentary last year called Out There about homophobia, which has Stephen Fry interviewing Ugandan Minister Simon Lokodo. Lokodo is the Minister for Ethics and Integrity. I can’t think of a more Orwellian name for a post. A bit like Turkana County having a ‘Department of Plenty’. At a time when Uganda is drowning in the depths of a Stygian ocean of hatred, they would, naturally, have a Minister for Ethics and Integrity. When your country is morally bankrupt, it pays to have a minister for morals. In the interview, Lokodo is confronted with the fact that heterosexuality is more dangerous than homosexuality to small children. Men who identify as heterosexuals tend to sexually assault more children than those who are homosexuals. He is also faced by the simple fact that Uganda has an endemic rape problem, particularly where minors are involved, yet the government is busy fighting the nonexistent problem of homosexuals; spreading an imaginary agenda. He answers that if rape should happen, it should be on girls, but done “the right way.” Simon Lokodo — where are my manners? I mean, the Rt Rev Father Simon diplomercy A bout of tough love from good ol’ Lusaka I was at the opening of the recent CIBEX trade fair at the KICC, which sought to showcase the construction industry and link companies with clients. The fair featured companies and investors from 12 countries and was the first of its kind in the region. All the speeches were predictably bland and filled with uninteresting facts about the construction industry that you forgot immediately you stepped out of the room. It was stuff that refused to thewag prevent anyone from recognising her. Except that there were clues to her whereabouts everywhere you looked. The shot of her interview begins with that of a Kenyan car insurance sticker and a cut-away has a rickshaw with a Kenyan number plate. The street leading up to her whereabouts is in Mombasa. I know that street rather well. In the documentary, they use local scenery to illustrate where the particular Gadaffi associate or victim is, so we see Gadaffi’s arms dealers in Cuba, his missile constructors living off the millions he gave them on islands of the Pacific, Libyan exiles are interviewed in America, his foreign hired assassins placed against Swiss backgrounds in Geneva and Libyan scenery when talking to Libyans currently in Libya. So if you use the same logic, you come to the conclusion that the female bodyguard is, or rather was, in Mombasa during the shooting of the documentary. It is actually very easy to tell where she is. I put the question to a friend of mine and within minutes, she was able to tell me exactly where the clip had been shot. Friends, on this gay issue, just live and let live DAILY NATION Monday February 24, 2014 Now I know; a Gaddafi guard has been living among us. But who cares? It isn’t like the case of Adolf Eichmann who fled to Argentina and took Nazi hunters more than a decade and painstaking investigations to track down. You do not have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce where the videos were sourced. If anyone in Tripoli wanted to track down this associate of the former “King of Kings”, they would at least know where to begin. to be a mass flourishing of ignorance. The press release, which, mercifully, did not make it to any paper of consequence, was a whining, mewling and preening screed of spite. A few MPs have also promised to disjoint the sanity equilibrium and actively seek to arrest private citizens over private affairs. Reason alone should tell you that a state of affairs where one seeks to criminalise an act that has no victim is wrong. The idea that a victimless crime could exist in what ought to be a secular democracy is ludicrous and a sign of a religious law. Sam Harris, in The End of Faith, calls victimless crimes “debts without creditors.” Homosexuality is a KEVIN ODIT | NATION Mombasa resident Amin Mohammed alias Amina became openly gay last year. Should ‘she’ be arrested? Lokodo, MP — is a priest and a politician. You could say he is twice damned. But still I am not sure what to make of a Catholic priest showing insensitivity to child rape. I also have no comments about a minister for ethics who would endorse heterosexual rape through an international broadcaster. The wind of intolerance chilling the continent is blowing our way from the west. An unending tinnitus screech of intolerance that was in the background is now raising its voice, and that is why there seems to be a concerted push to criminalise homosexuality in Kenya. Last week I came across the worst self-justifying bilge from something called the Mandate Initiative Team (as names go, I can’t think of one that would sound more like a shill for trojaning the Pentecostal homophobia agenda into the national consciousness). Their press release was ludicrous. The logic so splintered it is a shock they did not, or could not, reason themselves out of the cul-de-sac. It was a series of unintelligent ideas linked together. It reads almost like a caricature of what homophobes think. The document began by wishing a happy Valentine’s to all Kenyans of natural orientation. In bold print, naturally. There is no pettiness like that which would deny others a simple greeting. Homosexuality is, we find out, perpetrated by the “psychologically sick” and is “moral sexual terrorism.” They point out that as a nation, stick to the mind. Except the speech by the Zambian High Commisioner, Ms Mumbi Phiri. It began with a listing of ongoing shovel-ready projects in Zambia and went on for what seemed like an eternity before it got to the pièce de résistance. She reminded the investors how Zambia had had five changes of president in peaceful elections and emphasised how it was a peaceful democracy. Investments in Zambia were safe from political strife, she told us. Zambia, as a whole, is safe. Safe as opposed to who? She didn’t say. Her demeanor was very diplomatic, as you would expect, but her message was deadly serious. I wasn’t the only Kenyan squirming as she went on about how Zambia is a functioning democracy. She didn’t have to mention Kenya, but we got the message. I think she should have ended her speech by handing out Zambian visas to all investors with the message: “In Zambia, you won’t pay premiums we owe our existence to God (they clearly have never heard of the Berlin Conference), that it is unnatural (somebody should tell the hundreds of species that currently practise homosexuality to stop their lifestyle decisions), is against our cultural values (many Africans would be shocked to learn this), the phrase ‘Adam and Steve’ features (Xeroxed straight from the Bible belt), and that our nation would die out if we all became homosexual (South Africa legalised same-sex marriage and has a high birth rate). The piece was filled with hateful beatitudes and an imported attitude, ready to begin the sermon from Mt Sanctimonious. I thought we were in the information age, but there seems for terrorism or political strife.” Her uncharacteristic frankness about how much better Zambia is was refreshing. She brusquely articulated a national sentiment from our landlocked neighbour once removed. It was embarrassing to Kenyans to have our collective inadequacies put on display so brazenly. Yes, our elections are gritty, uncompromising and guaranteed to depress. We also have a bit of a problem with fundamentalism. Despite all that, we “crime” that has no victims and, therefore, isn’t really a crime. The law deserves to be positively agnostic about sexuality and consensual sexual affairs. It is wrong and immoral to want to punish anyone for a crime that does not in any way harm anyone else. We shouldn’t punish those who seek experiences different from our own. A law against homosexuality is a law against sin and not crime because what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their room really is no one else’s business. Some claim that it isn’t African. Well, there is proof of homosexuality in traditional African societies. To say it is unnatural is also untrue; there is a growing amount of evidence showing animals that engage in homosexual behaviour. It might not seem natural to you, but to someone else it is. There is absolutely no trait found in man that is not shared by some other animal. To argue that man is superior to other animals is trying to elevate man above nature when there is a lot of evidence that we are merely hairless chattering apes. Live and let live. Our children will wonder in the future what the fuss concerning gays was all about. Is he right? Send your reactions to email@example.com had the trade fair in Kenya. Imagine if the Kenyan ambassador to Zambia pointed out to a group of foreign investors in Lusaka that Kenyans had a longer life expectancy and tens of millions of people. Or our access to the sea. Or our bigger economy. Or our thriving stock market. At the end of the day, I suspect investors are more willing to throw their lot where they think they will make the most money. That country is still Kenya.
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