Anita Nderu, Chimano, Makena Njeri condemn CS Magoha’s directive

Members of the LGBTQIA+ took to the streets to protest the directive on Thursday.

Makena Njeri at the protest today.

Media personality Anita Nderu and musician Chimano have shown their support to the LGBTQIA+ community who took to the streets on Thursday to protest against remarks made by Education CS George Magoha. In December, CS Magoha said that queer students should be restricted to day schools so that they don’t influence other students in school.

Makena Njeri, who participated in Thursday’s march, explained the objective of the protest in a long social media post.

“Today we had one mission; to March in the streets to the ministry of education to hand over our petition to the CS. This came after discriminatory statements were made by the CS earlier this month citing that Gay children should not be allowed in boarding schools…Our march today was to remind the leaders that they should be protecting all children who have a right to education anywhere they want regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.” she wrote.

Although not in attendance at the march, Anita Nderu showed her support to the protesters by sharing a picture of the letter of notification sent to the police prior to the demonstration and calling the remarks made by the CS discriminatory.

In her post, she wrote, “I regret I couldn’t make it to the march that happened this morning but I’ll never cease to support the movement in every way I can as an ally. A petition has been delivered to the Ministry of Education addressed to the CS in regards to disallowing students to attend boarding school due to their gender identity. We all have a right to education! The injustice behind the recent decision by the Ministry of Education is discrimination.”

Throughout the day, many members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community showed their support including Sauti Sol’s Chimano who wrote, “Our rights are human rights. We’re here, always been here, we’ll stay being here!”

The queer community issued demands to the Ministry of Education to curb violence and discrimination towards queer children.


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