Lawrence Kaala and Jimmy Sserwadda, two Ugandan gentlemen got married last month in Sweden. They had been dating in Uganda until Sserwadda was outed then verbally and physically assaulted by government forces after which he sought asylum in Sweden. There he met up with his former lover Kaala who was in Sweden at the time, the two rekindled their relationship and the rest is history. They have been billed as the first Ugandan gay couple to be legally wed and have been making headlines worldwide. However Sserwadda’s mother has been verbally harassed by Ugandans who claim the two have brought “shame” on their people. Sserwadda also has a son in the university and he has been the victim of verbal assault from colleagues and other members of the community.
It is sad that some people in Uganda have decided to take their anger out on a fellow citizen’s elderly and son based on the choices he has made concerning his own life which have no bearing on the course of the lives of others.
I wish people would mind their business more.
Considering the aftermath of their wedding, specifically whether he should have kept it private to spare his family the harassment, Sserwadda said he had no regrets adding that “Love has no law, no boundaries, and no restrictions.”
I don’t know if I would like to have such media coverage in my wedding (should I ever choose to walk down the aisle) but the fact still remains that people shouldn’t have to tone down one of the happiest moments in their lives for any reason (so long as it doesn’t directly hurt anyone of course!)
It’s a tough world we live in, where you have to weigh your own freedom and happiness against the risk of your loved ones being persecuted for your decisions.
I hope that they love and hold each other in the worst of times with trust, faith and belief; I wish them the very best in their life together.