Kennedy Kagoni accuses lobby group of exploiting child’s condition for financial gain Photo: Courtesy

Considered an outcast by family members in the village where his mother is married, Kennedy Kagoni, the father of an intersex child, himself born out of wedlock, is a distressed man. His son, who has both male and female sex organs, is now 15.

Not only did he lose his wife to a pastor, but now a sex minority lobby group allegedly wants him dead for trying to expose their organisation as a ‘money-minting lobby’.

Kagoni says he was approached by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) lobby group headed by transgender activist Audrey Mbugua with the promise to assist his son overcome the condition that comes with heavy stigma. That was in 2010, two years after reading about his plight in a local daily.

The 47-year-old father of two claims he later parted ways with Audrey because of the activist’s religious inclination, motives and actual sexual orientation.

Kagoni was concerned that the promised help for his son was shrouded in secrecy and that financial help received on behalf of his son was not being channelled towards improving his suffering.

Matters worsened when some LGBTI members allegedly tried forcing him into unnatural sexual acts and weird forms of worship against his wish.

“They were using my child’s condition to enrich themselves. Audrey was not happy when I reported the matter to the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP),” he says.

Fearing for his safety, the man has been residing at the Redeemed Gospel Church in Nairobi’s Huruma estate for the last three years. Michael Obonyo, a pastor at the church, said the man needs help.

Kagoni claims he sought sanctuary in the church after three men made attempts on his life while in his house in Soweto slums on August 8, 2013.

He believes those after his life want to silence him against his quest for justice and truth by exposing their wayward ways. He reported the threats to police in Kayole, Nairobi.

“I saw strangers outside the house and when I peeped through the window, I noticed that one of them was armed. I screamed and that made them flee,” Kagoni says.

The complaint at Soweto Police Station was recorded under OB 11/9/8/2013. The DPP has unsuccessfully tried to push for completion of investigations into the alleged threats. Kagoni claims Audrey is not happy that the DPP was trying to push police to investigate the claims on his life. He notified the DPP about his troubles in 2014.

The previous year, he had reported to the same office, alleging that his child was being abused by the lobby group led by Audrey who had called him in 2010 promising to help.