After it was reported that Edwin Chiloba had been killed, Kenya’s LGBTQ community led by Makena Njeri decided to attack Kenyans for what they termed as homophobia. And this hue and Cry generated a lot of media attention shining a spotlight on Kenya’s fledgling homosexual community.
It has since come to light that everyone’s assumption was wrong mine included. And as such each of us who had made a false assumption needs to step up and own the mistake and apologize.
It especially falls on the shoulders of those who made the loudest allegations to make the loudest apologies. Makena Njeri made some rather unsavoury allegations against Kenyans and she did so on a rather huge platform only to have been proven wrong and rather than admit that she was wrong she has decided to deactivate Instagram account.
The problem with this is that it allows the narrative that Edward was killed due to homophobia to continue to run amok. This paints Kenyans in a rather barbaric light. As I have said earlier we too had made this assumption and we too are coming out to say we were wrong as investigations have shown that he was killed due to wrangles with his homosexual partner.
Makena Njeri wasn’t the only loud voice by far as there were others who had also come out to push the narrative and who are equally as silent as she is when silence is by far the least preferred reaction to the developing story.
The question that remains unanswered is whether she will eventually come out to apologize to Kenyans. I, however, i’m not holding my breath waiting for that to happen. I suspect she will continue to bury her head in the sand and then continue on as if nothing had happened.
February 3, 2023
February 3, 2023