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YOUR LETTERS: Homosexual stories were in bad taste

I am responding to the story ‘Inside the world of sexual minorities’ (The Observer, July 22-24, 2010). I view the two pages of extensive research you presented in such a national newspaper as any outcry of sympathy and acceptance of homosexuality and the people involved in the evil practice. It is a betrayal of readers’ loyalty and the family values in Uganda.
Your stories created the impression that:
•Homosexuals are a minority group, which should be accepted in society.
•Families can still survive even after one spouse turns gay, probably with the other spouse getting another lover too and ‘they live happily ever after.’
•The definitions given of the various forms of homosexuality are meant to encourage the young minds to explore the vice.
•The pictures that ran with the story give an impression of happy, blossoming relationships, which is not the actual case with homosexuality.
•It is okay for children to turn to homosexuality and that their parents can just seek counselling and everything will be fine.
On the other hand, the stories missed out the following facts:
•Homosexuals are 100% more likely to contract HIV/AIDS compared to normal heterosexual couples.
•Homosexuality has a negative impact on the body’s external organs and is a health hazard.
•Homosexuals are very depressed people who face gender identity disorders.
Besides, homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda. Therefore, unless you are promoting a crime, I do not see why you presented homosexuality as a scientific normality.
As loyal readers of The Observer and parents, we demand an apology and counter coverage on the pro-family issues.

Dr. Martin Ssempa,

Players were victims of selfish interests

I am reacting to press reports that local football governing body, FUFA, has dropped three under-20 players for ‘indiscipline.’ According to the reports, the three, namely Chrizestom Ntambi, Noah Ssemakula and Julius Bakkabulindi absconded from their training camp recently and travelled with Express FC for pre-season international friendly matches in Sudan.
According to the three players, what FUFA is telling the press is totally false. It’s true an Express FC official approached them at their Njeru camp urging them to play the friendly matches in Sudan. The three allegedly referred the official to the under-20 managers.
After negotiations, the under-20 officials granted them permission to leave the camp on condition that on return from Khartoum they head straight to the camp from the airport. This is exactly what the three did.
On arrival at Entebbe, they immediately called one under-20 team official, informing him of their arrival at Entebbe. To their surprise, the official told them to hold on and promised to get back to them, saying there was a small matter being sorted out.
According to a reliable source, it is believed that a football club owned by one FUFA official has of recent tried its best to recruit one of them. It’s possible the official was angered to learn that the player had travelled with Express FC.
It’s very sad that FUFA has decided to victimise the three youthful and promising players because of simple selfish interests at the expense of national pride. How could FUFA decide to punish the three players without even getting their side of the story?

Wilber Kasozi,

I am really indebted to Prof. Dumba Sentamu

I would like to say that Professor Dumba Sentamu taught so well and although I did not major in Economics, I owe him a lot for my degree in Sociology/Anthropology at Carleton
University, Canada. I gather he is popular at Norwich University, UK’s School of Development Studies. He is the best ever.
I don’t regret those trips to his Makerere flat for extra coaching when I went to Kampala High School and Caltec Academy. He never fooled around and meant business. Thanks Prof. Dumba.
For now, I am going to start my own business and all I can see before me are the supply and demand curves.
God bless you and may your blessings be a hundredfold.

Naomi Kyeyune,

Basajja’s actions were scandalous

I found city businessman, Hassan Basajjabalaba’s roughing up of a journalist quite upsetting. It is the last thing I expected of a man of such stature. He happens to preside over a higher institution of learning in the country and is also a leader at the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.
On July 17, at a meeting meant to unite the two warring Muslim factions, the businessman saw it fit to pounce on Ivan Kalanzi, a Radio One journalist and even broke his recorder. Basajjabalaba should have suppressed his anger and like it is normally done, simply declined to comment.
His actions are a shame not only to his personality but also to the bodies of repute that he sits on.

Allan Ssempebwa Kyobe,
Makerere University.

Think about Uganda before Somalia

I strongly disagree with those who argue that the UPDF should stay in war-torn Somalia.
Why should Uganda and Burundi do Africa’s dirty work alone? We are not the most economically or politically powerful or even the most peaceful country on the continent. Why can’t we first work on our weaknesses and then start thinking about solving other people’s problems? I believe we are not morally obliged to go to Somalia.
We may try to portray ourselves as a brave nation but the price we have paid for our bravery is the loss of innocent lives of our own citizens. Yet African countries perceived to be cowardly (I call them wise) were never attacked!
Nothing in this world should be more precious than our lives; let us put our lives first.
I believe other less violent methods can settle Somalia’s problems.

Jerald Kule,
Makerere University.

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