Gay Kenyan Rugby Player Wins Deportation Suit


Kenneth Macharia, who emigrated to the UK to escape homophobia, has won a five-year legal battle with the British Home Office which tried to deport him to Kenya where he feared he would be persecuted because of his sexuality.

Macharia recently learned that the Home Office will no longer be pursuing its case against him and that his asylum appeal has been allowed by an Immigration Judge.

Without refugee status, he feared he would be sent back to Kenya where the UK Government warns travelling British citizens against hostile laws and attitudes towards the LGBTQ community.

“There’s a misconception that homophobia is African. It’s not…Allowing the truth to be told will help end homophobia,” he said. 

Macharia was born and raised in Kenya but has lived Britain for over ten years.


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