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Saturday 10 October 2009

Proclamations of the Red Queen

8th May 2009

Uganda: Situation Intolerable

Posted by: Craig Young

I’ve commented on Uganda’s rabid homophobia, corrupt government and history of political instability in other blog posts. Now it’s getting even worse there.

newsuganda.jpgWith the assistance of the quasi-dictatorial fundamentalist President Yoweri Museveni, Ugandan MP David Bahati is trying to convince his parliamentary colleagues to outlaw even “aiding and abetting gays…” and lesbian/gay sex can warrant a lifetime prison sentence already.  In Kampala, Red Pepper, a gutter tabloid, is responsible for a vicious outing campaign that violated the privacy and confidentiality of fifty lesbian and gay Ugandans.

It is collaborating with Ugandan ‘exgay’ activist George Oundo, and the gutter media aren’t even submitting his outlandish claims to critical scrutiny. He is also reported to be working alongside another Ugandan Christian Right organisation, the Family Life Network, whose ringleader, Stephen Langa has also been assiduous in spreading such propaganda.

According to the Box Turtle Bulletin, at least one gay couple has been arrested, and possibly others as well. We need to speak out and stop these attacks on our Ugandan brothers and sisters. The Advocate and Box Turtle Bulletin are to be strongly commended for their own solidarity with this embattled LGBT community.

Update: (25/7): The Museveni regime will next week table “anti-pornography” and anti-gay draft laws before Parliament, according to the so-called “ethics minister” Dr. James Nsaba Buturo.

Buturo stated: “The bills are ready and I will present them before Parliament next week. We are excited about it and our opponents, too, are excited.”

The bills will radically address ”pornography” and gay sex and boost the Government’s efforts to rid the country of “immorality”, he added. 

Buturo concluded: “This is a response to what we consider dangerous to our society. We have been anxious for this.”

He did not specify the penalties against anyone who “offends” against this homophobic measure. He resorted to antiwestern xenophobia when he said there was foreign pressure against the anti-gay legislation, but the Government still intended to pass it:

“We have told our foreign friends to mind their own business. Ugandans have their values and principles,” he said.

As with Britain’s repealed Clause 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, Buturo has previously said that once the two bills are passed into law, it will be an offence to “publish and distribute” literature related to homosexuality. Media censorship restructions will also render it impossible for homosexuals to address press conferences and attract people to support LGBT rights.


 Neal Broverman: Life for Gay Ugandans Grows Dire: Advocate: 05.05.09:

Jim Burroway: Ugandan Gays Arrested, Blackmail Attempts Reported: Box Turtle Bulletin: 04.05.09:

Raymond Baguma: “Antigay bill comes to Parliament” Sunday Monitor: 25.07.09:…7…128&newsId

Tags: Politics · Religion

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