Two religious leaders, a network of people living with HIV and women leaders have defended Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi over claims of promoting same sex relations.
Ms Rose Buyu, a commissioner with the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission, said the minister was not promoting same sex relations but tolerance.
“It is important that even the people who are gay know about HIV because many of them are bisexual and end up infecting their partners,” she said.
The Network of African People Living with HIV dismissed those condemning the minister as hypocrites.
“We will not win the war against HIV by merely denying the existence of gay people in our community,” the network said in a statement.
The coordinator, Mr Joe Muriuki, urged religious leaders to preach tolerance.
In Nyeri, bishops from the Kenya Assemblies of God and Four Square churches asked critics not to personalise the attacks on the minister. They said the minister was only articulating government policy.
However, they condemned same sex relations.
“When we bring these things out in the open, we condemn the family and ultimately the nation,” said Bishop Wachira Karani of the KAG, Mt Kenya West region.