By Wanja Waweru
The US government has offered its assistance to help Kenyan authorities in their inquiries into the murder of homosexual rights activist Edwin Chiloba.
A representative for the US State Department demanded comprehensive and open investigations into the murder of the LGBTQ activist.
Five suspects connected to the murder of Chiloba, whose body was discovered discarded along the roadside in Eldoret last Tuesday, were placed in police custody by a Kenyan court on Monday.
The killing has sparked an outcry among human rights crusaders, who have condemned violence against members of the LGBTQ community, saying, intolerance has no place in a free and open society.
“Violence against LGBTQI+ persons or anyone, of course, is unacceptable. But when violence stems from possible bias or stigma, it indirectly harms all members of the targeted community,” said Mr Ned Price, US State Department spokesperson, during a news conference.
He added: “We’ve sent our condolences to his family, to his loved ones, but also to the LGBTQI+ community in Kenya during their time of mourning. There were so many in that community in Kenya who benefited from his leadership, from his visibility, from his support,” said Mr Price.
Chiloba’s family has refuted reports that he was gay, describing him as a dedicated Christian since secondary school.