10 clerics trained to handle gay people

Ten religious leaders yesterday graduated in a course on homosexuals. The leaders from the Muslim and Christian realm were among 35 graduates who completed a two-and-a-half-month training dubbed ‘Men who have Sex with Men sensitivity training’.

The course was organised by the Kenya Medical Research Institute at Mtwapa Kemri centre in Mombasa.

“The course is meant to enlighten the general public on HIV prevalence among MSMs. It also enables the community understand the world of MSMs,” said MSM director Evans Gichuru.

Mtwapa has over the years been seen as the hub of ‘illicit’ activities, including homosexuality, with several gays being harassed, beaten and chased away by residents.

This comes as the issue on homosexual continues to be criticised by religious leaders especially from the Muslim’s Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya.

The CIPK has accused leaders of being influenced by “negative western culture”.

by Martin Mwita
Source – The Star