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US Ambassador in Nairobi Hosts Gay Pride Event, then resigns after the fact.

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    njiwa JF-Expert Member

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    United States ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration has resigned citing differences with Washington over his leadership style June 28, 2012


    NAIROBI - On Tuesday, the U.S. embassy in Kenya's capital hosted a gay pride event, believed to be the first of its kind in the country. The event is as part of the Obama administration's policy to fight prejudice against lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

    On Tuesday morning the embassy presented what is thought to be the first LGBT Pride celebration in Kenya, where homosexual acts are punishable by law. Similar events are being held at U.S. embassies around the world. The push to promote global LGBT rights follows several victories for gay rights advocates in the U.S. over the past year.

    These include President Barack Obama's decision to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" that kept gays from serving openly in the U.S. military, and his public endorsement of same-sex marriage earlier this month.

    John Haynes, a public affairs officer at the U.S. embassy, introduced the event. "The U.S. government for its part has made it clear that the advancement of human rights for LGBT people is central to our human rights policies around the world and to the realization of our foreign policy goals," he said.

    Last December in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the United Nations in honor of International Human Rights Day. She called for a global consensus recognizing the human rights of LGBT citizens.

    "Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct, but in fact they are one and the same. Like being a woman, like being a racial, religious tribal or ethnic minority, being LGBT does not make you less human and that is why gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights," said Clinton.

    "Pride" events are celebrated this month to commemorate the Stonewall riots in New York City in late June of 1969, widely regarded as the beginning of the gay rights movement.

    In the U.S., marches and public events promoting gay rights pack the month of June. In Nairobi the embassy opted for a small invite-only forum to introduce "Gay Pride" in Kenya. Concern surrounded public reaction to the event, as Kenyan culture frowns upon homosexuality.

    In a 2011 human rights report, the U.S. State Department found that LGBT persons in Kenya are discriminated against, citing cases of police detention, evictions and anti-gay messaging.

    Kate Kamunde, a Kenyan LGBT activist, described her experience. "I identify as a queer woman who is an activist. If I had an option not to live a life that is free of being evicted from homes, facing all of these kinds of violations, if I had an option out of the situation that I live with as a lesbian, first and foremost as a woman, I would have already opted out. There is no way I would choose to live a life that is totally discriminatory for me, one as a human being, as a woman and as a lesbian identifying individual. If I had an option out I would definitely take it, but I don't have that option, this is who I am. Think about that," she said.

    MaqC Gitau, general manager of the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, believes Tuesday's event, however quiet, is a milestone. "What makes this day stand out for us here in Kenya however is that more than anything else, it is about visibility," said Gitau.

    The activists, allies, and diplomats present at the U.S. embassy Tuesday morning are part of a coalition fighting for LGBT rights in Kenya.


    source - VOA "
    http://www.voanews.com/content/us-embassy-in-nairobi-hosts-gay-pride-event/1252825.html#relatedInfoContainer "
     
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    Wamarekani ni nchi ya ajabu sanaKama Kenya wanasheria ya kupinga hayo mambo na yanayoelekeana na hayo, inakuwaje tena ubalozi wa US unaenda kuvunja sheria za nchi nyingine?
     
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    What do you know about the Kenyan constitution? The supreme law of the land is categorical! Everyone is equal under the law and no one will be discriminated on the basis of sex, tribe, religion, sex, affiliation......

    This is great news! We are all equal!

    Stop the obsession with what consenting adults do with their genitals!
     
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    Kituko JF-Expert Member

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    Duh, Mbona mnakuwa wakali hivyo mkiguswa maeneo yenu.... dah! nimekoma siwezi rudia tena
     
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    Hahaha Mekatilili, naku-pm kesho unisindikize shopping mwaya. I blv u have a good taste of fashion...
     
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    Impeccable taste they say! Seeing you are a browser; naturally, please indulge me in the ‘brawny trades'.
     
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    Tunashukuru America kubuni soft drinks:Coca/Pepsi na mambo mengine mengi tu! Merikani sasa hivi nadhani ina population zaidi ya 250 Million au sio? Sasa a land of...... inawezaje kutumia Barozi zake ku-export bidhaa za kuwafanya binadamu washindwe kuzaana kwa kisigizio cha kijinga eti "Kulinda haki za binadamu" watu wa ajabu sana hawa! Yaani wanazifanya nchi zilizo wakaribisha kuweka Barozi zao wawe na wakati mgumu kuwaeleza raia wao kitu kinacho endelea nchini mwao!

    Wajifunze kuheshimu sheria za nchi husika, kama zinapiga marufuku hulka hizo basi wasilazimishe au wafanye mambo hayo kimya kimya Ubarozini mwao, wawakaribishe like mind WENZAO wafanye watakavyo kuliko kutia aibu HOST country. Haya mambo ya kusema sijuhi OBAMA alihafiki mambo haya ya ushoga hiyo ni janja yake, anataka apate kura nyingi kutoka kundi hili sio kwamba deep down in his heart anakubaliana na hulka hizi zinazo pingana na maelekezo ya MUNGU. Najua watanisema sana lakini habari ndio hiyo, piga hua.
     
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    Huyu angatuke mamlakani haraka iwezekanavyo. Hii ndio imebaki nyimbo tu ya hawa wamarekani USHOGA!. Wamekoroga uchumi bila kuwa na suluhisho upuzi tu watu wanajifanya wao ndio marais wa ulimwengu. Uzuri ni kwamba ilifanywa ndani ya ubalozi magizani.
     
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    Kwanza heshima yako Mkuu Kabaridi, unajua watu hawa kuyumba yumba kwa uchumi wao (Merikani) kumewafanya wa-panic na kuhanza kufanya mambo ya kushangaza kidogo! Wana wasi wasi sana na manafikio makubwa ya Kiuchumi ya Wachina, wanatafuta kila njia China iwe at loggerheads na majirani zake; si hilo tu wanakwenda mbali na kutaka kuweka Military bases kwenye nchi hizo ili waweze kuhi-RING China, mazoezi ya kijeshi yasiyo isha wanasema eti inawalenga Korea ya kaskazini hiyo si kweli nia yao wanafikili wanaweza ku-intimidate CHINA.

    Nashukuru kwamba at least mambo/mahadhimisho ya USHOGA waliyafanya Ubarozini mwao kwenye giza totoro:laugh: . Mungu akulinde Kabaridi.
     
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    Tatizo ni kwamba marekani inafaa itambue ikitaka kuendeleza umashuhuri wao kiuchumi vilevile kiushawishi, lazima waweke msingi mwema wa urafiki na wale mahasimu Kama Uchina na Russia. Huu sio ule msimu wa WWII wakati mataifa ya mashariki mwa kati yalikuwa changa. Kwa sasa mahasimu wamezidi ukizingatia CHINA na IRAN wameshaingia kwenye kilabu cha nyuklia. Usemavyo Korea kaskazini hawana la kuwavutia marekani ukizingatia ukame na hali ya njaa ilioko huko. Uoga tu wameshindwa kuintimdate China usoni.
     
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    Kama kawaida yako Kabaridi, Well said MKUU.
     
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    the so called ambassador is on his way out of the country. Twas long coming!
     
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    US envoy to Kenya Gration resigns *- News*|nation.co.ke

    United States ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration has resigned citing differences with Washington over his leadership style.
    Just wondering what could have prompted the Ambassador to resign.

    IMO; He may have had a soft spot for Kenya and would not agree to a crude arm twisting of the country by America so he opted to quit. He refused to be used in oppressing Kenyans the way Washington may have wanted. The guy spent some years in the region and could even speak some Swahili.

    It’s just recently that Kenya was categorized as failed state and of course the US’s hand played a key role in that. The travel advisories and all; maybe much to do with the look-East-policy.
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    go and sleep man, while Al-Shabaab r bombing every corner of Kenya, u r crying against unfair treatment the US gives in Kenya
     
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    Was comparing the outgoing Ambassador with his predecessor Michael [FONT=&amp]Ranneberger who was as serious pain in the *** just like Geza Ulole [/FONT]
     
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    dude be sensible....theres alot to this than you can even fathom. Dont troll at the first opportunity, and as said the US ambassador resigns for a difference in opinion with his masters and you call that fair treatment from US to Kenya, *never gets dumber*.
    US raised a false bomb alarm directly from washington, i bet Gration differed with this. Yesternait the Netherlands were also taking such a stance but in opposition sayn the travel advisory is uncalled for and that she was confident of the security situation in Kenya. Gration has been instrumental under US administration to stand by Kenyan Defence forces and was among the pioneer tuitors to teach his Kenyan conterparts to fly the F5' jet. He has done much good to keep in check Americas secretarian rule not by choice but thru reading the mood on the ground and i bet washington aint happy. The only negative story on his part is hosting gays/lesbian and that kind of bullshit in 'his' embassy. Also he had some form of laxity to engage foul practises commited by our leaders which aint so bad. We dont need prefects, only counsel then the vocal Kenyan politicians can handle it and it worked pretty well. He acted as a diplomat, not as a politician/Rannerberger. ''hated this one''. From my desk it affects nothing, only policies on American side, anyway Kenya is really pulling away from the US grip but maintaining mutual relationship.
     
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    Nailed it!!!!!
     
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    Geza Ulole JF-Expert Member

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    So this assures the US Govt that none of their people will be at risk to be bombed or highjacked? how idiot u r! The issue is plain simple Kenya is not safe for tourists of Western nations! Not once not twice not thrice there has been bombings targeting public places!
     
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    talking about idi@ts, you take the pot. Pretending you know so much about Kenya than her natives. The travel advisory was with regards to high value assetts, [a bomb blast], 'get that to your thick skull'. Nevermind, you surely were blessesd with a minion of a brain, a grenade, NKT!!..../the hand held device can be hurled from anywhere but not a diplomatic office or anything associated with diplomatic niceities/. This was an act of sabbotage, inflitration of such elements is limited to bars/and churches, what would a tourist be doing there anyway? Unlikely.
     
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    ur coconut head needs to understand any diplomatic office has a duty to alert its citizens about the danger of visiting kenya regardless of whether its office or any of its worker has been attacked or not!
     
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