Recently, the President of Uganda was celebrated for choosing to back down over the proposed anti-gay law. However the jubilation was premature: he recently signed the infamous law into being. This law includes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts and prison sentences for people besides the couple who participate in same-sex marriages. Even worse: he apparently had overwhelming support from the country’s citizens who rejoice at a victory over western/unAfrican influences. True to Ugandan form, a local tabloid has come up with names of 200 gay men and women in Uganda although the paper’s online edition did not carry this story, according to CNN. . I am sad and disappointed. The hypocrisy of carrying a Bible/Qur’an yet opposing “western influences” seem to be lost on many Africans. I will admit that there is some high-handedness in the way some western aid organizations decide how aid money is spent (especially on projects that are not that big a priority) and in trade agreements that clearly do not favour the low and middle-income ones, homosexuality will never fall into that category. Rights are rights and seizing the rights of a minority when these rights do not in any way affect how the greater majority live their lives will never be the way forward. This is not even something that any African country should be told by anyone: this is something it should know. Where is the Ugandan Social Justice Department in all this? Incidentally their webpage is offline at the moment.
February 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm
So sad. 😦 this is horrible to watch, and frightening.
February 28, 2014 at 1:02 am
Here in the States, we’ve spent a week agonizing over a proposed and approved law which would have allowed refusal of any kind of service to gay people, if it was against anyones religious beliefs…it was a big deal, thankfully the Governor did not sigh it, but it in no way compares to what just happened in Uganda. It’s enough to make a person ill, both physically and mentally. I just can’t imagine how the gay community deals with it.
March 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm
Reblogged this on Embakasi Reloaded.
March 31, 2014 at 3:33 pm
This was indeed a cowardly capitulation to the fundamentalist Christian Taliban. My thoughts go out to all those living in both Uganda and Nigeria. Thank you for publishing this.
I don’t know how I overlooked this, my blogging friend. I hope that you are good and enjoying London in the Springtime. Much love and naked hugs! 🙂
April 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm
I am good and enjoying London. Hope you’re good too. Much love 🙂
April 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm
Love the term “Christian Taliban” 😀