The much-discussed naked protest intended to ‘welcome’ US president Barack Obama to Kenya did not take place in the end, reported Kenyan newspaper The Star.
Republican Liberty Party leader Vincent Kidala said the protest was postponed and that he was forced to call it off during a 2am phone call. The call was from the Kenyan government, which assured Kidala that gay rights were not on the agenda for Obama’s visit later this week.
“The caller said President Uhuru Kenyatta is not planning to discuss gay rights with US president Barack Obama and that he is against gay rights,” Kidala told The Star.
Kenyatta himself confirmed as much on Tuesday. “The issue of gay rights is a non-issue for us, it is not on the agenda,” he said. “We have serious issues that we will be addressing.”
According to Kidala, Kenya’s national security committee also warned against the protest in separate phone call. He said, “The unidentified caller said protesting would be like pushing for a terror attack. He said they have terror alerts and would not want to take chances.”
Kidala said the protesters will still be on stand by in case the topic of gay rights comes up. Previously, he said that 3,600 people have registered to be part of the naked protest.