KENYA. REV. MICHAEL KIMINDU. MARCH 10, 2014
In an email dated March 10, 2014, Rev. Kimindu, President of Other Sheep Africa, wrote:
Since 2010, when there was trouble at Mtwapa in Mombasa,* the Muslims and Other Sheep Africa have been holding consultations on dialogue.
*See related news reports: “Human Rights Watch – Kenya: Halt Anti-Gay Campaign (February 18, 2010),” “Five gay men arrested in Mombasa, Kenya; Mobs call for death by fire (February 13, 2010),” and “BBC News – Gay pride and prejudice in Kenya (June 15, 2010).”
Last year the Arcus Foundation agreed to fund 12 seminars for Muslims conducted by Other Sheep Africa. Other Sheep Africa has today completed 7 seminars in 7 counties. We have 5 to go between March 31st and April 19th
It is important to note that Bishop Chai and Imam Hussein Ali** who led the attack on the Gay couple in 2010 have changed their attitude and are attending our meetings. Imam Ali has spoken in three of our seminars in Mombasa about his struggle with homophobia and bigotry. Other Sheep Africa is helping him among others.
**Wikipedia LGBT rights in Kenya cites the following as a summary of the news article “False Gay Marriage Rumor Sparks Kenya Riots” by Doug Ireland, Gay City News, Thursday, February 18, 2010 : “The day before the non-existent wedding, a press conference condemning the wedding was held by Sheikh Ali Hussein, regional coordinator of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, together with Bishop Lawrence Chai, regional representative of the National Council of Churches of Kenya. They warned that “God is about to punish the fastest growing town in the Coast region. Come night, come day, we shall not allow that marriage to be conducted in this town tomorrow. We shall stand firm to flush out gays who throng this town every weekend from all corners of this country.”
Bishop Chai has agreed to mobilize up to 20 senior Pastors and Bishops in Mombasa for a seminar on 19th March to be led by Other Sheep Africa.
See also: Kenyan Anglican Bishop Julius Kalu reaches
out to LGBT people with affirmation and hope.
A blog by Parelli, dated August 13, 2012.
Editor’s note: This article was published to the Internet with the written permission of Rev. Michael Kimindu in an email to the editor dated March 10, 2014. The present form of the article contains some minor changes of Kimindu’s email by the editor. News item links and the blog item link were added by the editor. Rev. Michael Kimindu is President of Other Sheep Africa, an organization independent from Other Sheep. He is a long-time friend and associate, and one-time Coordinator with Other Sheep.