After weighing in on comments made by CS Magoha banning gay students from schools, media personality Anita Nderu was highly criticized.
She wrote on her social media at the time;
'A petition has been delivered to the Ministry of Education; addressed to the CS in regards to disallowing students to attend boarding school due to their gender identity. We all have a right to education! The injustice behind the recent decision by the Ministry of Education is discrimination.
We need more awareness & education pertaining to the community as opposed to creating laws as a result of ignorance; propaganda, entitlement or silence from the non oppressed. Students torching schools needs to be investigated as opposed to finding a scapegoat in order to avoid addressing the issue.
We shine in so many aspects as a country but refuse to accept basic human rights.'
Kenyans online claimed she and others were receiving funds from organizations that support this cause.
But in several Instagram story posts, Anita shut down the hate saying,
‘First of all, I am not receiving funding, nor have I ever received funding in order to support the LGBTQ+. I am an ally of my own volition and beliefs voluntarily chose to use my voice and influence to help enact change and vocalize injustice.’
In another post, Anita added, ‘I chose not to be silent about my support because I see just how much silence due to fear of oppression has members of the community living double lives, living in fear of losing their jobs if they share their truth. Live in fear of being shunned by their friends and family, of accessing education and healthcare, are in marriages to keep up appearances, are subjected to phobia prejudices and insults, are stuck with partners who denounce them in public due to shame, and worst of all are afraid to come out for fear of their lives and jail time.’
She finished by saying that her Instagram page was a safe space;
‘My Instagram is a safe space for everyone. I will not allow any hate of any nature to be spewed. If my views and opinions do not sit well with you kindly unfollo2w me, block me, or if you have no positive outlook or constructive criticism to share and are unable to block or unfollow me, say nothing.’