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Guard learners against gay trends this holiday season, warn experts

Gay activists in Uganda

Gay activists in Uganda

In what is set to be a long holiday season, behavioural experts have warned parents to look out for suspicious mannerisms among learners, writes ERNEST JJINGO.

Last month, former homosexual-turned-anti- gay activist Elisha Mukisa candidly opened up to The Observer how many young learners are recruited into the gay movement.

Using his experience as a 17-year-old in 2013, Mukisa said he was lured into the vice through a friend who invited him to a workshop. What started as an enlightenment on human rights later descended into an indoctrination into the gay world.

He never recovered and ended up acting in gay porn from which he contracted HIV/Aids and hepatitis B. To this day, he is still seeking legal redress but justice remains a distant dream.

Now that many learners are back home for a two-month holiday, Mukisa, who is in and out of hospital, warned that gay groupings are most active during the holiday season when learners are at home.

“We used to get a lot of per diem to attend these [gay] sessions disguised as human rights workshops. That money blinded me but my appeal is to parents to guard against the learners, especially the adolescents because they are the most vulnerable age category,” he said in an interview with The Observer. “I don’t want today’s young people to end up like me.”

RISING VICE?

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and is punishable by law under the Penal Code. Over the past six months, several top secondary schools in the country have suspended students over homosexual acts. According to renowned gay critic Pastor Solomon Male, the gay community is investing most of its resources in schools as the grooming ground.

“We are on the verge of a catastrophe if we don’t address this issue with learners and their teachers,” he said.

“Homosexuality has no place in a modern world; the earlier we engage all stakeholders openly, the better; otherwise, our children are going to be spoilt because they are overwhelmingly exposed to a lot of gay material.”

TOUGH LEGISLATION

Last month, deputy speaker Thomas Tayebwa complained to delegates at the African, Caribbean and Pacific- European Union summit in Mozambique that Cotonou Partnership Agreement contains clauses promoting homosexuality and abortion, a practice he said Uganda will vehemently oppose.

The agreement governs trade and economic relations between the EU and all 48 sub-Saharan countries in Africa, 16 Caribbean countries and 15 Pacific countries (ACP)

“There are hidden clauses concerning human rights. Clauses to do with sexuality, promotion of LGBT/ homosexuality and clauses to do with abortion,” he told the delegates.

“We are a society that is not ready for homosexuality and we are a society that is not ready for abortion. As Africa, we believe that the institution of the family is at the core of whatever we are doing.”

POLICE WARY

According to Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, the force will keep a keen eye on youth gatherings.

“We know some of the hotspots for these people and have arrested several of people on a number of occasions. However, we need public participation if we are to curb this vice of homosexuality because it becomes hard to prosecute the perpetrators when there are no complainants willing to testify,” he said.

Onyango further reasoned that contrary to the widely held view that gay people operate in isolation, some of them live a disguised public life.

“There are many complaints we have received accusing married men of sodomising boys but in most cases, the complainants refuse to cooperate with the police in investigations. Even just a few months ago, we arrested a serial offender and mother of three children called Rachael Nakibuuka.

She was recruiting school girls into lesbianism under the pretext of running a charity. Unfortunately, she was helped by powerful gay lobby groups to skip bail. We have many other such incidents on record but it will take a collective effort to fight the vice.”

Onyango refused to be specific about the powerful gay lobby groups but the European Union has never shied away from condemning Uganda’s anti-gay legislation as discriminative.

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