Obua Denis Hamson, MP - Youth Northern Region
In Uganda, and the world over, there have been many contentious deliberations on the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently under scrutiny in the Parliament of Uganda.
In Genesis 19:4-11 the Bible clearly outlaws any carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature. In these verses, men who had sex with other men were made blind by God. Also, Genesis 2:24 says that a man will leave his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and in that way, two people become one.
From the above biblical analysis, it is a fact beyond any reasonable doubt that naturally, a man goes with a woman, a bull goes with a cow, a cock goes with a hen, and that is the order of nature.
Currently in Uganda, homosexuality is outlawed by Section 145 of the Penal Code Act, Cap.120 under ‘Unnatural Offences’. This section provides that “Any person who has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; has carnal knowledge of an animal; or permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, commits an offence and is liable to imprisonment for life”.
Therefore, the proposed Anti-Gay Bill is meant to strengthen and widen the framework for implementing the already existing legislation. This is a defining bill for our country, for our generation and for enhancing moral integrity in our communities. The bill is by Ugandans, for Ugandans.
To fellow Africans, the choices, actions and agreements made now will determine which future becomes a reality for the younger generation. It is our role to speak on moral and unnatural issues affecting our continent.
I applaud the authorities in Malawi for arresting two men recently on charges of public indecency after becoming the first gay couple to marry in a country where homosexuality is illegal. I am reliably informed that the court in Malawi has further denied the two bail for their own protection.
Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa told a packed court in Malawi that he could not grant the couple bail, saying the ruling was for their own protection. “The public out there is angry with them,” Usiwausiwa said.
It will also be recalled that Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, said his country is made up of believers and that such sinful and immoral practices as homosexuality will not be tolerated.
President Jammeh vowed to “cut off the head” of any homosexual found in his country and said that a legislation will be introduced, which will be “stiffer than those in Iran”, concerning such acts.
These are examples that should be emulated by all African countries to forthwith stop the moral vice that is invading our society. I cannot imagine how a man can kiss and sleep with a fellow man! This is extremely satanic!
According to Genesis 1:27, the purpose of God creating humankind (male and female) was for procreation and companionship, among other reasons. Can a man, therefore, have children with a fellow man? What has gone wrong with the world?
As a Ugandan legislator, I support the criminalisation of homosexuality because it is unnatural, non-christian [or non-Islamic] and a moral and social evil. As a Parliament, we may consider revising the proposed bill to limit the maximum penalty for offenders to life imprisonment rather than execution because it gives room for offenders to be rehabilitated.
I call upon other Members of Parliament to support this proposed bill for the moral good of our society and Uganda’s young generation.
As recorded by Jack De-Hayden Ovola