President William Ruto
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President William Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua have spoken about their stand to legalise the Lesbian Gay Transgender and Queers (LGBTQ) community in Kenya.

Ruto who spoke during the launch of the Women Fund today at KICC said that Kenya had values that needed to be respected and protected.

"I cannot allow our women to get competition from men who chase after men. That will not happen under my watch," Ruto said amid cheers.

DP Gachagua on the other end said he was shocked and even wondered what he could say.

"Do you know that there are times when you can be shocked until you have nothing to say? We are hearing that there is an organisation that wants to defend same-sex marriage. What is that? 

"We have no problem with the court but we have to ask what they imagine when a woman marries another woman. We do not have that and that is against our beliefs," Gachagua added.

Gachagua also indicated that the Head of State was a firm believer that would not support the legalisation of LGBTQ.

"The President is a Christian and he will do what is needed. What they suggest is contrary to our belief. Therefore, we are not supporting that," he said.

The duo said they respected the courts but on this, they will not allow it to happen.

The two were responding to the ongoing debate after the Supreme Court passed a decision to legalize the integration of groups of same-sex lovers, a decision that has been met with a lot of opposition.