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Uganda must say no to homosexuality

Never has it been more important than now for Uganda to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009.

This is because, apparently, there’s rampant recruitment of Makerere University students into the gay lifestyle by certain groups using an inducement of Shs 800,000 monthly allowance!

On April 6, it was reported in the local media that Derrick Waiswa, leader of the ‘Coalition of Concerned Youth Against Homosexuality’ at Makerere University implored Stephen Tashobya, the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee chairman, to pass the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law because of this problem at their campus.

While it is not a new thing to hear of stories of such recruitment, especially in Ugandan boarding schools, this recent disclosure takes the recruitment to a whole new level. The large sums of money being offered are a clear indication of just how well-funded these pro-gay groups are. This is a blatant attempt at whitewashing homosexuality and brainwashing Ugandan university students who ordinarily might be turned off by the vice.

Those who are lured may be unduly induced into changing their minds about homosexuality, especially if they are getting paid. What makes recruitment even more tempting is the fact that at the moment Uganda’s economy is experiencing alarming inflationary pressures which are hitting the common man the hardest. Incidentally, this is not ‘free money’ as the recruited will be expected to recruit others in turn.

If homosexuality was such an honourable thing, pro-gay organisations wouldn’t need to bribe anyone to join them because people would just join out of their free will. The fact that the organisations have targeted Makerere University as their ‘recruiting ground’ is not surprising.

Being Uganda’s principal university, it is filled with intellectuals, many of whom may turn out to be Ugandan’s future leaders. If these could be persuaded into homosexuality, then the hope is that they could influence Ugandan society to gradually accept homosexuality. Secondly, universities are filled with youth and the homosexual lifestyle is mostly enjoyed by them.

On April 7, 2011, it was reported in the local media that a petition bearing two million signatures supporting Ndorwa West MP, David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 was presented to Edward Ssekandi, the Speaker of Parliament, by anti-gay activists led by Pastor Martin Ssempa. Two million signatures ought to count for something, don’t they?

The anti-gay activists identified 19 organisations that are promoting homosexuality in Uganda. During the meeting, Ssekandi said: “Since the bill was tabled, I have received numerous calls from the international community to throw it out, but I always tell them that I don’t have those powers.”

It has also come to light that, for some time now, pro-gay activists have been bombarding parliamentarians with emails, asking them to block Bahati’s bill. In Uganda’s Parliament, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati and the former minister of Ethics and Integrity, Dr Nsaba Buturo’s strong anti-homosexual stand has not gone unnoticed by the USA. According to whistleblower website ‘Wikileaks’, US officials, in a US diplomatic cable, accused Buturo of being one of the ‘key players ushering in a new era of intolerance in the region.’

Why is it that whenever anti-gay activists speak against homosexuality it is called ‘persecution’ but when pro-gay activists attack anti-gay activists the US is silent?

These are clear double-standards. The US, the world’s leading democracy, is the last place in the world where you’d expect this kind of discrimination. Whether Bahati’s bill eventually passes into law is not for American congressmen to decide but rather Ugandan MPs.

Ugandans cannot forget the worldwide condemnation that followed the murder of David Kato, a Ugandan homosexual, in January, 2011. The US government and the European Union took special interest in the case, urging the Uganda Police to investigate the murder “actively” and “vigorously.”

Nonetheless, despite the enormous wealth of pro-gay activists, Uganda should not be intimidated into cowering before this ‘socio-political push’ from the West to accept homosexuality here. Uganda must put her foot down and say “no” to homosexuality.

The writer is a concerned Ugandan citizen.

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