Deputy President William Ruto has left Kenyans talking after he made known his stance on the LGBTQ community.
Speaking during an interview with CSIS Africa Director Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, which was beamed live on YouTube from the US, Ruto stated that he has no problem whatsoever with gays and lesbians.
He was responding to a question from a curious member of the audience who wanted to know what his stand was on the constant harassment LGBTQ community goes through in Kenya.
Ruto stated that as a Christian, he follows what the bible says on the LGBTQ community, but is also a public servant and obeys what the Constitution has stipulated on human rights.
He noted that as a Christian, the bible condemns such relations and those are his personal views that do not overlap with the law of Kenya.
He stated that the Constitution of Kenya 2010 is the guiding principle in the country and he respects what the law says, adding that members of the LGBTQ community have nothing to fear should he ascend to power after the August 9 elections.
The DP stated that no one should harm every Kenyan even if they do not agree with their lifestyle choices. He added that members of the LGBTQ community should not be harassed or harmed by people who are offended by their way of life.
“I do not think anybody should pick up arms against any Kenya irrespective of whether you like what they are doing or not. Every Kenyan must be subjected to the rule of law and if you think any Kenyan is not acting in the right way, it is not for you to decide to harm them, it is for the law to take its cause.”
“No Kenyan should be subjected to any form of harassment or any form of harm. The only authority that can take action over anybody is the authorities that are permissible within the law and if a Kenyan has not broken any law, nobody should harass them,” he stated.
“As public servants, we will operate within the parameters of the Constitution and the law and every Kenyan must be safe within those parameters. There is no exception of anybody harming other Kenyans,” he added.
Ruto’s change of heart on gays and lesbians has caught many by surprise considering that he was extremely against the LGBTQ community back in 2015 when he stated that there was no room for homosexuality in Kenyan society.