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MP threatens to sue over LGBTQ ties

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Kaloleni Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Katana has threatened to sue three of his constituents for allegedly linking his office to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

Katana has filed a complaint with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) in Kilifi against the three; Steven Garama, Kitsao Ngowa and Maxwell Konde, alleging defamation of his name.

Kilifi County Criminal Investigation Officer David Siele confirmed that the MP filed a complaint against the three for linking him to LGBTQ which they are investigating.

“Last week, the respondents recorded a statement. We are still investigating the matter but the MP is at liberty to take other legal action against them,” said Siele.

The three who have since recorded their statements with the DCI claimed on social media that a section of the MP’s employees were members of the LGBTQ community. But the suspects insist that as constituents they have the right to question or critic the MP. They want the MP to come clean over the rumours they said were spreading in the consistuency.

In his statement with the DCI, the MP said the three were disrupting peace in his constituency by spreading unfounded rumours on social media that were likely to put his employees in danger.

He further wants them to stop associating him with LGBTQ, adding that the rumours that his office had been turned into a brothel by the gay community were untrue.

Speaking after filing a statement with the DCI in Kilifi town, Mr Garama said they asked the MP to come forward and talk about the allegation of homosexual behaviour happening in his office.

‘’We asked him to come forward and discuss the issue because it’s an act that is affecting the whole society but instead, he reported us to the DCI,” said Garama.

Katana who is serving for a second term in office has denied the allegations saying it is a smear campaign against his office.

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