Former British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) telecaster Makena Njeri has weighed in on Education CS George Magoha’s directive to have all gay students banned from learning in boarding schools in Kenya.
Makena led the protests in Nairobi on Thursday, January 13, advocating for equal rights for all, noting that people have different sexual orientations.
“All kids are equal, gay or not, and the parents to those kids have rights as well.” Read the placard carried by Makena.
Makena avowed to fight for the rights of the learners, who are treated as inferior due to their sexuality, confessing that she once faced the same while pursuing her education.
“For us, that is discrimination for individuals who are also Kenyan citizens. Let us not forget… they also have parents who also have rights. These are kids below 18, already making them a target to be bullied in school is something that should not be coming from the government.
I was very close to being expelled, this already discriminated against me as a child while in school. The fact that I went through that system and I know how painful it is… now even the government adding more pressure to continue discriminating the kids is something we will not stand,” she said.
The founder of Bold Networks Africa further expressed her dissatisfaction, affirming that an exemplary leader like Magoha should not be making such inflammatory remarks that put their lives at risk.