After all the fierce controversy surrounding his nuclear deal with Iran, US President Barack Obama was probably hoping his upcoming state visit to Kenya would be less controversial.
But a group of conservative Kenyans are planning to throw a spanner in the works with a… creative protest against what they see as Obama's attempts to "spread homosexuality."
According to The Star, the leader of the obscure Republican Liberty party will be heading "the peaceful demonstration against homosexuality," in which thousands of men and women will seek to "educate" Obama on the differences between men and women – by standing completely naked.
"The procession shall be carried out by approximately 5,000 totally naked men and women to protest over Obama's open and aggressive support for homosexuality," Vincent Kidala said in a letter to authorities announcing the demonstration.
Where did Kidala find such a large number of nude protesters? He says thousands of prostitutes agreed to take part "free of charge" – because "they will lose customers if homosexuality is legalized," according to The Star.
"In fact our party has a network of prostitutes in Nairobi, Nakuru and other counties. This is where we shall get all these people whose number we expect to increase," he added.
The Obama administration has triggered anger in many African countries, where conservative Christians and Muslims object to his attempts to persuade African leaders to decriminalize homosexuality.
Kenyan leaders had reportedly demanded that Obama avoid the topic, but White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president would be addressing it nonetheless.
"I had not been made aware of that particular announcement from Kenya. Obviously, we have been clear that when the President travels around the world, he does not hesitate to raise concerns about human rights," Earnest said.