Club Envy in Kenya was raided over the weekend and a reported 60 people were arrested.
“Now, the management at Envy are true capitalists who deign it fit to welcome homosexuals to their establishment as long as they keep buying drinks,” Kenyan news website Ghafla said. “Smart move really because homosexuals in countries such as America are the ones who have money.”
According to the report, the government got word homosexuals were hanging out in the club, “not even taking part in any buggery but rather enjoying their hard earned money.”
The Kenya Human Rights Commission said in 2011 that it’s common homosexuals in Kenya are harassed for their sexual identity.
“LGBTI persons are routinely harassed by the police, held in remand houses beyond the constitutional period without charges being preferred against them, and presented in court on trumped-up charges,” they said. “Closely related to this, is a cartel of corrupt police officials who routinely extort and blackmail LGBTI persons with the threat of arrest and imprisonment if they do not give those bribes.”
In Kenya, homosexuality can mean up to 14 years in prison.
“The arrests at Envy had nothing to do with Mututho law but just trying to suppress the visibility of gays and lesbians,” gay activist Joji Baro said. “So finally someone just realized gays and lesbians have money and they know where to spend it…Just a remainder of the little rights we enjoy – we have a right to spend our money where and whenever we want to.”