Presidential hopeful Moses Wetang’ula has dismissed gay marriages as foreign culture that should not be allowed among Kenyans.
The Ford Kenya party leader, who at the weekend took his presidential campaign to the Coast, condemned same sex marriages as unholy and against African culture.
He cautioned Kenyans on the dangers of such relationships.
“God created man and woman for procreation purposes. How can you expect a man and another man to execute that God-given task?” asked Mr Wetang’ula at the Power in the Word Christian church in Kisauni on Sunday.
“We should not blindly adopt foreign ideologies that will end up killing our society. Let us take what is right and do away with the wrong ones.”
The Trade minister held meetings with Ford-K leaders in Kwale and Mombasa counties and said the current Constitution was easily passed because it clearly stated that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Mr Wetang’ula was reacting to a sermon by Pastor Samuel Ingoi, who condemned gay marriages and asked his followers not to tolerate such relationships.
“If we really need God’s blessing as a nation, then we have to stand firm and condemn these illicit and blasphemous marriages between the same sex,” added Pastor Ingoi, who heads the church.
The Ford-K leader, who was flanked by deputy party leader Hatib Mwashetani and national first vice-chairman Joel Ruhu, pledged to fight corruption if he becomes the president.
He also promised his government would provide free education from pre-primary to university level, settle homeless citizens and establish more ports in the coastal counties of Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu.
“I went to Turkey and they have 28 operational ports. If elected, my government will create similar ports in Shimoni in Kwale, Takaungu in Kilifi and Lamu. We will ensure there are no slums in Kenya,” he campaigned.
No money for bribes
The minister urged Kenyans to properly scrutinise leaders and elect those who would keep their promises.
“Kenya needs a leader who is like a ship’s captain. Even when a ship starts sinking, the captain will always leave last,” Mr Wetang’ula added.
National chairman John Munyes conceded that the party lacked the financial capacity to compete with other well-funded rivals but said it had competent leaders to run the country.
“We don’t have the money to bribe voters to elect our presidential candidate because Ford-K is not rich. However, we can offer this country quality leadership and we will not let you down,” the Labour minister added.