Church leaders praise President Uhuru Kenyatta for his stand on gays in front of President Obama

President Barack Obama, left, listens as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during a news conference at State House, on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama nudged African nations Saturday to treat gays and lesbians equally under the law, a position that remains unpopular through much of the continent. [AP Photo]

KENYA: Church leaders have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta for his courage regarding homosexuality during a press briefing held at the State House, Nairobi with US President Barack Obama.

Speaking in Isiolo after opening a new Methodist Church, The MCK Isiolo Town Church, Methodist Church of Kenya Presiding Bishop Rev Joseph Ntombura said as a church they were happy with the way President Uhuru responded to the issue gays.

Rev. Ntombura said the move by President Uhuru was an assurance that he understands and respects the culture and religions of Kenyans.

The bishop said homosexuality was against Kenyan culture and the Holy Bible adding that as a church they were not ready to be engaged in any talks regarding gay and lesbianism rights.

On his part the head of National Independent Church of Africa Eastern Diocese Bishop Stephen Karunyu said that the courage by President Uhuru to respond to the gay matter in front of President Obama should be emulated by many who do not support such orientations.

He urged all Kenyans to support the government in addressing other critical issues affecting the country.

The clergy said they were happy with the US’s support in fighting Al-Shabaab and assurance that Americans will increase their investment in Kenya.