New developments in Kenya after Monday's twin grenade explosions in Nairobi. At least two people are dead and many are injured after the terrorist strikes at a crowded bus stop and Mwaura's, a gay friendly bar described as "popular with male sex workers and men who have sex with men." The terrorist attacks followed warnings by Somalia's al-Qaeda-backed militant group al-Shabaab.
A self-confessed member of the group has been sentenced to life in prison after confessing to the bus stop blast. Police recovered "13 grenades ... an AK-47 assault rifle, four revolvers and a sub-machine gun" in the home of 28-year-old Elgiva Bwire Oliacha.
The suspect confessed to magistrates and "laughed" in court, reports The Standard.
The offences, she observed, were aimed at killing victims and a deterrent sentence was necessary so as to serve not only the interest of public but to deter would be offenders. Soon after the magistrate left, the Al Shabaab member, who broke in laughter and broad smiles after being sentenced, said he was happy and had no regrets.
Two Kenyan men were charged today with being members of Al Shabaab. Both "denied being accomplices" of Oliacha.
Kenya's government is considered moderate on gay rights. They were the first African nation to include gay and bisexual men in their national HIV strategy. Two pro-LGBT justices were confirmed to the Supreme Court in June.
But there has been a backlash against calls to decriminalize homosexuality in the East African nation, such as one cabinet minister's proposal to scrap the nation's sodomy laws. Last November, Prime Minister Raila Odinga called for the mass arrests of gays at a political rally but later retracted his statements.
Some Background ...
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