now check dis out, the realityTV saga continues, and the big question is whether we should be laughing in relief that the Prime Minister backtracked so seemingly speedingly or much mo critical about Raila Odinga’s weak retraction….”I didn’t say so,” when millions have already heard you say so, does NOT a retraction make….but many would still like to know, when you now say you respect gay rights, what do you mean exactly?
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday denied that he had ordered a nationwide crackdown on homosexuals but maintained that such unions were illegal.
He argued that he was misquoted and that his statements were not meant to victimise anyone because: “I understand there are gay rights.”
The Premier, who was speaking during the opening session of the review on Kenya’s progress two years after the National Dialogue and Reconciliation Accord was signed, also argued that he was only highlighting some of the half truths that were used during the referendum campaigns.
“It was said that I ordered the arrest of gay people but nothing could be further from the truth. I did not say that. I was just explaining the propaganda used by people who were campaigning against the new constitution,” he argued.
On Sunday, Mr Odinga was captured on camera saying: “We will not tolerate such behaviour in the country. The Constitution is very clear on this issue and men or women found engaging in homosexuality will not be spared.
“Any man found engaging in sexual activities with another man should be arrested. Even women found engaging in sexual activities will be arrested,” the premier had warned.
The Prime Minister also cited the recent population census results which put the ratio of men to women equal, and wondered why people should engage in homosexuality.
”This [homosexual] kind of behaviours will not be tolerated in this country. Men or women found engaging in those acts deserve to be arrested and will be arrested,” he told a crowd in his Langata constituency.
He said leaders who were propagating rumours of same sex marriages in Kenya during campaigns for the new Constitution had failed miserably because Kenyans did not buy their propaganda.
”Those were lies from leaders who wanted to confuse Kenyans to reject the new law; the Constitution is very clear on that matter. It does not state anywhere that same sex marriage is legal in Kenya,” he added.
His remarks on Sunday elicited an outcry from various human rights groups in the country which wanted him to retract the said statements and apologise.
The Bill of Rights under chapter four of the new Constitution states that: “Every adult has the right to marry a person of the opposite sex, based on the free consent of the parties.”
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and in the spirit of embracing the power of our people and some of those intersections of our diversity, check dis out….
Grassy Narrows Blockade 8th Anniversary December 2, 2010
by Judy Da Silva
on Thursday, December 2, 2010 @ 12:22am
December 2, 2002 was the day the community of grassy narrows people set up a human blockade against logging trucks.
Many people have come through here-advocates, helpers, warriors, children, women, men elders of all nations; without them, the word would not have> gone out to peoples out there!!! so we thank all those people that have helped us in so many many ways.
I wanted to say to people we are still fighting against logging and resource extraction on our natural territory and we will be lighting a sacred fire and giving our humble offerings to the land on December 2, 2010.
So today, we say to everyone, we the blockaders continue with our opposition to the logging industry and against weyerhauser co. We just wanted to put that out straight to our supporters out there. We the blockaders are still
Against any sort of logging activities or resource extraction and we will continue our campaigns against weyerhauser and how the logging industry destroys the land and the Anishinabe way of life and this we cannot allow.
We will sing and dance and fight and die as long as the rivers flow, as long as the sweetgrass grows, as long as the sun shall shine, treaties are forever, keep the circle strong!!!
Please light a sacred fire, light a candle, smudge, offer tobacco, sing a song, drum, make a sweatlodge, offer prayers in any way for all the fights that are in front of us to continue strong and for our children and youth not to forget.
Dedicated to the memory of; Dave Brophy, Catherine Mae Keesick, Marcel Angeconeb, Gary Raven, Colleen McCrory
Dedicated to KI People, Ardoch, Barriere Lake, Haudenosaunee, Migmaw, Shuswap –
please excuse my misspelling.
Power to our peoples!!!
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