Saving Uganda From Sin - The UG Street Pulse on Homosexuality
Different Ugandans express their views on homosexuality and the proposed Anti Homosexuality Bill.
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First published: June 17, 2011
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The Anti Homosexuality Bill currently before Parliament is expected to be debated by the current 9th parliament any time. The bill moved by Ndorwa West MP David Bahati [MP Bahati New NRM Caucus Boss - UGPulse News 16 June 2011] aims to introduce more stringent punishments for people promoting and engaged in homosexuality. The bill has attracted worldwide attention, with condemnation and support. Debate in Uganda on the issue of homosexuality has also increased following the introduction of the Bill. I interviewed a cross section of Ugandans about their views on homosexuality and the Anti-Homosexuality bill.
(The Editors at UGPulse.com would like to thank those who were brave enough to take part in expressing their oppinions given the circumstances.)
Yvette Alal, Health Activist.
Yvette Alal, Health Activist
From the health point of view, everyone has a right to health and criminalizing acts will make it hard for the homosexuals to seek health services due to victimization. The law should be looked at and this issue be put into perspective.
Yunus Nsubuga, councilor, Buikwe District.
Yunus Nsubuga, councilor, Buikwe District
Homosexuality is a problem everywhere and an inhumane act, which the government needs to address to save the young generation. It has been commercialized, with young people paid money to engage in the acts. This is wrong and is against our nature. The Bahati bill should be passed urgently.
Kenneth Lukwago, Production Manager.
Kenneth Lukwago, Production Manager
I do not support homosexuality because I believe people have to live according to the laws of nature. Man and woman complement themselves and God was right to create everything perfectly. These people are destroying it. On the proposed law, it becomes pertinent when you hear about reports that some individuals are involved in recruitment. How can people invest billions into such a vice in schools yet they are the future of this country? They take advantage of Ugandans because of poverty. We need a law to punish such people.
Hope Turyasingura, Women and Child Rights Activist.
Hope Turyasingura, Women and Child Rights Activist
I think these are consenting adults where there is no force so they should be left to live their own lives unless someone complains about them. Even us in heterosexual relationships; who knows if they are not doing the same things, or even worse. The law is uncalled for since we already have the Penal Code to deal with homosexuality. All they need is implementation. The Constitution also does not provide for same sex marriages. I believe there are more pressing issues in this nation to think about than homosexuality.
Apolot Florence, mother of two.
Apolot Florence, mother of two
The whole thing is absurd and government should toughen its stand on criminals. I think they are demon possessed people doing evil and need deliverance. Our children need protection from such people.
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Lawrence Sserwambala, social researcher
I can never support homosexuality, from the social, cultural and moral perspective. It is a moral theology, a pervasive trait. On the proposed law, I would personally second it except on the clause on hanging because I do not support the death penalty. But for the other punishments, I would support them as long as they act as a deterrent of the habit and protects the children.
Julius Kikomeko, caterer.
Julius Kikomeko, caterer
Homosexuality is an evil act which I cannot recommend at all. The Bible condemns it because it is evil and an abomination. In the proposed law, I may not support the death penalty but I think the solution to this problem is to sensitize the masses on the gravity of this vice and advise those engaged in the act to stop. Sentencing people to death will not solve the problem.
Gloria Nankunda, Radio presenter.
Gloria Nankunda, Radio presenter
These people should be left alone to do whatever they want. Everyone has the right to privacy and whatever they do is their business. The proposed law is unfair and a violation of their rights. They should let them be.
Benjamin Jumbe, journalist.
Benjamin Jumbe, journalist
Homosexuality is an evil act which should be condemned because it is against God’s Word. Criminalizing it will help to fight the act and protect Ugandans as well.
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First published: June 17, 2011
Olive Eyotaru Yemima is a graduate of Mass Communication. She first worked with Ultimate Media in 2005 as an intern and returned in 2007 as a features writer.
A Ugandan talented creative writer, Eyotaru now writes for both the local and international media and continues to shine in the media every day that passes.