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Kenya: High Court pushes gay sex ruling, says judges busy

The High Court has postponed to May, its ruling on the decriminalisation of gay sex in Kenya.

The much-anticipated judgment was to be delivered Friday morning but judge Chacha Mwita said it was not ready as some judges had been busy.

Some judges in the matter are part of benches handling other cases, Mr Mwita said.

Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, a section of the penal code stating that anyone who has “carnal knowledge… against the order of nature” can be imprisoned for 14 years.

In addition, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said time and again that gay rights is not a burning issue for Kenya at the moment.

President Kenyatta also says same-sex relations are not an issue of human rights, but rather of “our own base as a culture”.

There has been hope, however, for decriminalisation of gay sex and activists believe the court has a chance to blaze a trail on the continent.

A three-judge bench will deliver the ruling following petitions filed by rights organisations in 2016, which are being contested by a Christian organisation.

By Daily Nation

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