1 October 2012

Kenya: I Am Proud to Be Gay, Says Senate Aspirant

A gay rights activist who has declared his interest in the Kiambu senator seat has said he is not ashamed of his work. David Kuria is the first youth to show interest in the seat. He will battle with veteran politician Nginyo Kariuki and former Limuru MP Kuria Kanyingi. Kuria said he is the founder of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Kenya.

"I am not ashamed of the situation because we have different categories of people," Kuria said. "I want to vie for senate seat reason because we need to get strategic leadership that makes use of our unique resources. And being near Nairobi ,Kiambu can be an economic hub."

"Kenya has one of the highest new HIV infections. We have about 120, 000 cases a year and Europeans have 27,000, We should remove prevention barriers," he said. "Kenya has 80,000 reported deaths from diseases yearly and Europe has less than 2,000." He said diseases such as diabetes and typhoid have been ignored by leaders.

Kuria said he will attract investors to the county Kiambu, including international companies. He urged the resident not to elect people who bribe them. "I have started a foundation called Kuria Social Enterprise to support vulnerable people from poor backgrounds. We need to cut the cycle of poverty as we have people who did not inherit land or were unable to get education," He said.

"Many of our youth have entered into anti social behaviors to correct their behaviors and helping them access education and I do not see them as people who can be used by giving them bhang and illicit brews but as my fellow brothers and sisters."

Kuria grew up in Mangu in Thika district and attended Gikindu primary school; Kiserian Seminary Secondary and went to Nairobi University for MBA and now he is pursuing a Maters of Science degree as well as working as a consultant on maps and population and HIV.

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