Saturday, December 21, 2013
Uganda Enacts Anti-homosexuality Law
By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
[Dip. Law (First Class)–LDC; Cert. Oil & Gas–Mak; LLB (Hons)–Mak; GC Candidate–GCA]
Yesterday, the Parliament of Uganda (hereinafter ‘the House’), presided over by Right Honourable Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, passed the Anti-homosexuality Bill (hereinafter ‘the Bill’) into law. Popularly known as ‘the Bahati Bill’ named after Ndorwa East county MP, Hon. David Bahati, who presented it in the House in 2009, the Bill is now an Act of Parliament, waiting presidential assent to become fully operational. Last year, Madam Kadaga promised Ugandans that Parliament would pass the Bill into law as a ‘Christmas gift’ to them, but for some reasons including the controversial death of Butaleja Woman MP Cerinah Nebanda and foreign pressure mainly from Europe and America, that wasn’t possible. So Ugandans patiently waited for their promised gift and this year the Speaker didn’t disappoint – she finally made good on her promise. The Bill was passed, attracting widespread jubilation across the country, from most Ugandans who strongly supported it. It is no wonder therefore, that it was overwhelmingly voted for by both the ruling NRM party and the opposition in the House – notwithstanding the Hon. Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi’s protests about lack of quorum.
The Bill, now an Act, prescribes a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for anyone found guilty and convicted of indulging in homosexuality by a competent court of law. It also imposes a duty on everyone to report any suspected homosexual practices to authorities like police, failure of which is an offence, punishable by imprisonment upon conviction. In effect, the Act makes all people in Uganda moral guardians of sorts, spying against one another. In this Act, the view that ‘You are your brother’s keeper,’ finds its true definition.
The Act has come at an opportune moment when Uganda is grappling with increased invasion of homosexuality. This week, the police apprehended former Uganda Cranes executive, Mr Chris Mubiru, dubbed ‘Sodomy King’ by the media. Mr Mubiru has been on the run since last year when the media published stories, videos and photographs of him having anal sex with men and young boys.
There is also an ongoing unfortunate story of Ms Zainab Mbabazi who was repeatedly gang raped through both the anus and vagina by five Uganda-based Pakistani businessmen, for whom she worked as a housemaid. At 23 years of age, Ms Mbabazi now has to wear pampers for the rest of her life. Having been abandoned by Action Aid-Uganda, a non-governmental organization that had pledged to help with her medical care, she is now rotting away due to lack of treatment. Action Aid was only seeking cheap media publicity to attract more financial and logistical donations.
I have also watched some films where there are many scenes of men having intimate relations with fellow men as well as women with fellow women. They look despicable.
Homosexuals have now extended their sinful gospel to our schools right from primary up to university level. The grand strategy is to finish off future generations of Ugandans through deception.
Apparently, there is a homosexual agenda that aspires to conquer our society by portraying this vice as a normal and therefore acceptable form of behaviour, whereas not. Homosexuality is not only a strange concept in many parts of the world, but an abomination too. It is an absurd imposition by sadists who have already spoilt their own bodies in the course of misguided sexual adventures, driven by total ignorance. Right now, homosexuals are desperately attempting to pounce upon innocent and unsuspecting members of the public, alluring them into joining the course of personal destruction and misery. I am glad that Australian and Indian courts outlawed homosexuality in those countries this week. Homosexuals should ride their tiger and perish with it alone. They should carry their own crosses and crucify themselves on them without attempting to trick others into falling in their deadly trap. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reportedly said that, gays are worse than pigs and dogs. This is certainly the absolute truth, considering the terrible effects of homosexuality on its victims.