After many delays, the High Court finally issued its decision on the right of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) to register, a decision that could have important ramifications on future endeavours to decriminalise homosexuality via the courts. The full text of the decision isn’t out yet but considering how far-reaching this […]

In the shock, confusion and numbness in the wake of the Garissa University College attack, someone posted this statement by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) which stands in solidarity with the victims and survivors of the attack as well as with the Kenyan people in general. The HDP, known in Turkey as the Halkların Demokratik […]

Mochama sues Shailja Patel and Professor Wambui Mwangi for defamation Nairobi, Tuesday March 24th, 2015 A third woman has reported Standard Group journalist and PEN Kenya Secretary General Tony Mochama to Nairobi’s Central Police Station for alleged sexual assault. The alleged assault occurred on September 21st 2014, at the National Museum, during the Westgate Memorial […]

TW: This post as well as an embedded video contain descriptions of sexual violence. Please consider this TW before sharing the post or the video. Pristine beaches, the blue sea, casual wapwani… this is the (rather orientalist) oeuvre many viewers of Kenyan TV get to see in most news features about the coastal region. It’s […]

Just after posting this blog chronicling the ongoing case against two men charged in connection to the Diani gay pornography scandal, I came across this article by The Star newspaper which carried comments by the Governor of Kwale County regarding the issue. Speaking in Ukunda, Governor Mvurya stated that “much as we welcome tourists to […]

A gay pornography scandal in the coastal town of Diani a few weeks ago saw house-to-house raids targeting ‘suspected’ homosexuals which led to the arrests of two men. The men have so far been charged under Section 162 of the Penal Code. As reported in my previous post, there are indications that at least one […]

Just when things wouldn’t get worse (see my previous post on the Ian Castleman case), several websites including one belonging to The Star newspaper are reporting about a pornography “syndicate” operating from Kwale in Kenya’s coastal region. Many of the websites that have picked up the story, including The Star, conflate child pornography and adult […]

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