Bandy Kiki Launches Campaign To Free “Shakiro” after being Arrested for Homosexuality.Nkafu 237 | 12.02.2021 | 0 | 237 INSIDER with Kampii , Trending
Cameroonian UK based blogger, social media influencer, LGBT activist, and founder of Kinaka’s blog, Bandi Kiki has started a strong campaign aimed at freeing controversial cross dresser Shakiro and two others who were sentenced on February 10, 2021, to the Doula New Bell Prison for practicing homosexuality, an act which is banned in Cameroon. Bandy Kiki Launches Campaign To Free “Shakiro” after being Arrested for Homosexuality.
Unlike most Cameroonians, the news of the arrest of Shakiro and co didn’t sit well with Bandi Kiki who is a lesbian herself and an LGBT advocate. According to her it is an outright human rights violation.
“I strongly condemn the arrest of two Cameroonians for practicing homosexuality in Douala. I am also worried about their fate as they are already being subjected to torture and verbal abuse at the New Bell Prison. This arrest echoes Cameroon’s History of indiscriminate targeting people on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Will be working with #ourwellbeingCameroon to ensure their release and/or help where possible. We will not be erased!” Kiki wrote on Facebook.
In addition, Bandy Kiki wants section 347-1 of the Cameroon penal code repealed. Section 347-1 punishes “sexual relations with a person of the same sex” with a prison term of six months to five years and a fine of 20,000 to 200,000 CFA.
Aside from condemning the arrest and demanding a repeal of section 347-1, Bandy Kiki has also asked her followers and Cameroonians, in general, to support Shakiro and co by donating to a Support Fund she has organized. She has succeeded to raise £410 (approximately 305,800 FCFA) so far.
However, Kiki has been slammed by most of her followers for encouraging homosexuality practices in Cameroon even when the law clearly forbids it. They have said they will only contribute to her support fund if the money will help ensure that Shakiro and co stay in prison much longer and are properly punished.
“Human rights are inalienable rights and inalienable rights are natural rights and natural rights tell us to have affection only with the opposite sex and not same-sex. In this light, they have violated human rights and need to be punished,” a follower of Kiki writes.