Kenya Film Classification Board C.E.O Ezekiel Mutua has hit out at Pope Francis following his remarks on same-sex marriage.
In an interview for his upcoming film dubbed “Francesco” which premiered on Wednesday, October 21, the head of the Catholic Church endorsed same-sex civil unions.
He pointed out that homosexuals are also children of God who need families and should be protected by law.
“Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered,” he was quoted in CBS News.
KFCB boss took an issue with the Pope stating that a leader of such stature cannot endorse what is against the order of nature and God’s creation. He added that Pope Francis should be condemned.
“A leader of the stature of the Pope cannot endorse what’s clearly against the order of nature and God’s plan for family and procreation. If he did, he should be condemned and his statement taken with a pinch of salt,” he stated on Saturday, October 24.
Ezekiel Mutua went on to defend Pope Francis saying that he does not believe that he meant to endorse gay union and he might have been misquoted.
He added that however if he indeed meant what he said then his advice should be ignored.
“I honestly do not believe that Pope Francis meant to endorse same-sex marriage, but if he did, then he’s grossly wrong and his advice should be ignored. I believe his statement was in the context of “gay human rights” but not the practice of homosexuality,” he added.
Homosexuality remains illegal in Kenya, and those who practice it do so in private.
Attempts to decriminalize same-sex relationships in Kenya have often hit a dead end. However, President Uhuru Kenyatta has from time to time sneered at homosexual activists terming culture unacceptable in the country.