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U.S condemns the murder of LGBTQ activist Edwin Chiloba

U.S. condemns the murder of LGBTQ activist Edwin Chiloba, adding that it’s willing to help in the probe.

The US government has intervened in the case of the murder of LGBTQ activist Edwin Chiloba, urging Kenyan authorities to launch thorough investigations.

Ned Price, a spokesperson for the State Department, stated during a press conference on January 9 that the United States government was ready to assist Kenya in the investigations.

Additionally, he urged thorough and open investigations in an effort to bring justice to the victim’s family.

“And of course, if there’s anything we can do to assist, we stand ready to do that,” Price indicated in the press statement. 

The U.S spokesperson also sent condolences to the family and the LGBTQ community at large for the loss. 

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He described Chiloba as a person of influence who advocated for equal rights. 

“There are so many in that community in Kenya who benefitted from his leadership, from his visibility, from his support,” he noted.

In conclusion, Price condemned the act, calling for an end to violence against the LGBTQ community. 

“Violence against LGBTQI+ persons — or anyone, of course — is unacceptable, but when violence stems from possible bias or stigma, it indirectly harms all members of the targeted community.

“The ultimate act of intolerance has no place in free and open societies,” he highlighted. 

The murder of Chiloba has sparked debate on a global scale, with foreign media outlets like CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian emphasizing the horrible crime.

Jackton Odhiambo, the primary suspect in the killing, was detained along with three other people.

On January 9, as he appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo, he asked to be freed on bond so that he could continue to provide for his family.

The judge, however, denied the request and ruled in favour of the prosecution who filed an application seeking to hold the suspects for 21 days until the conclusion of the investigations.

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