In December 2021, Education Cabinet Secretary, Professor George Magoha directed school heads to bar queer learners from boarding schools. Magoha ordered the said students to be enrolled in nearby day schools and those already in boarding schools to be transferred.
This move, Magoha said, is aimed at protecting the greater majority of learners.
“Right now, there have contemporary cases of children who are homosexual and lesbians, they must go to day schools close to their homes. Your responsibility should be for the greater majority and not a few individuals. Do not allow yourselves to be intimidated by children,” noted the CS.
Following this announcement, the LGBTQ community took to the streets to protest the Education CS comments. Former BBC New Editor Makena, the most notable celebrity in the protest, led dozens through town. The protest started from Jevanjee gardens all the way to Harambee Avenue where the Ministry of Education officers are located. The community members wanted to present a petition to the tough-speaking CS over his earlier announcement.
“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 how absurd.” Read part of her post.
She added, “Our march today was to remind 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. Children of the Republic of Kenya have a right and they shall not be discriminated against by the same government that should be protecting them.”
Several other celebrities also offered their support through social media saying Magoha’s statement was uncalled for.
“We all have a right to education! The injustice behind the recent decision by the Ministry of Education is discrimination. We need more awareness & education pertaining to the community as opposed to creating laws as a result of ignorance, propaganda, entitlement, or silence from the non-oppressed.” Wrote Anita Nderu on social media.
Sauti Sol member Bien also shared his sentiments by stating that queer rights are human rights.
The protest was peaceful and didn’t have any mishaps.