Once again, President Museveni has reiterated his stance against homosexuality, reinforcing his position, where he has stated on several occasions that whereas Uganda does not persecute homosexuals, it does not promote the practice either.
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, while at State House Entebbe during the Judiciary swearing-in ceremony, Museveni said: “We have been advising our Western partners not to provoke the big majority by flaunting homosexuality, as if it is something that is appreciated.”
Last year, in November 2019, during a meeting at State House Entebbe, President Museveni told the European Union (EU) delegation that “the different groups promoting homosexuality are the ones creating undue conflict between themselves and society through unnecessary provocation. It is not good to impose on others your way of life and those groups need to understand that.”
Other prominent Ugandan leaders who have spoken out publicly against homosexuality are Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, State Minister of Finance for Planning, David Bahati, as well as Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali, who has particularly condemned same-sex marriage.
Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda since it is ‘Carnal knowledge against the order of nature,’ (sodomy) in the Penal Code, and men having sex with men could end up facing the stiff penalty of life imprisonment.
Unfortunately, those who have been sodomized, with or without their consent, suffer several health complications and are at risk of sexually transmitted diseases.
In conclusion, those who are pushing for this law to be done away with need to be reminded that homosexuality is an abomination in God’s eyes, for Leviticus 18:22 says, ‘You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.’
Kudos to Albertine bursary scheme
Uganda has made a number of oil discoveries in the recent past. These discoveries are mainly in the districts of Nwoya, Buliisa and Hoima.
The discoveries have raised a lot of expectations, with the Ugandan populace looking forward to opportunities that will reduce poverty levels, create jobs and generate revenue. The Government of Uganda, therefore, intends to ensure that the Albertine region takes advantage of the resources and benefits that will be realized from these discoveries.
Substantial gains in term of oil-related infrastructural improvement are already taking place in the region. The government has already commenced the process of upgrading roads linking the Lake Albert shoreline to the towns of Hoima and Masindi.
As a result, local villages and towns along these roads started reaping benefits accruing from the upgrades. These include among others; greater access to the market as well as improved revenue generation from taxes.
Further to these developments, the Government of Uganda received funding from the World Bank to support the country to facilitate more systematic sustainable and inclusive transformation of the Albertine region.
Over 600 learners are going to benefit from the Albertine Region Bursary Scheme that was recently launched by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni through the Albertine Region Sustainable Development Project. I urge the three internationally-recognized institutions that will be accredited to train these beneficiaries to carry out their job promptly.
UPDF must remain nonpartisan
As we enter the year of electioneering, members of the high command of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces have launched their threats to the population with talks of potential insecurity.
UPDF must strive to be professional despite the force’s history which adheres them to their founder and the incumbent, who is also a likely candidate in the same elections of 2021.
Minister for security Gen Elly Tumwine, Commander of Land Forces, Brig. Peter Elwelu and recently a Capt. Sula Serunjogi have vowed that Presidential hopeful, Robert S. Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine will never be the commander-in-chief of the UPDF (meaning President of Uganda).
Elsewhere, active army commanders skirt the country to c ampaign for the incumbent, Mr. Museveni using military facilitation and security apparatuses to intimidate, illegally detain and threaten voters.
This militarization of every aspect of the state and state functions is the distinguishing feature of this regime. While it is hard to pinpoint any one specific activities of the UPDF which is professional, the population understands clearly that the UPDF is a personal outfit for protecting Mr. Museveni’s power.
Ironically, the NRM should have been very proud of Ugandans coming out in large numbers to participate and vote in elections peacefully.
They have always pointed at the 1980 elections as one that deprived people of their true voices in a messy election. Instead, the UPDF makes voting and elections very traumatic by creating violence.
Professionalism is a key aspect of every profession which permits safeguards in its functions and a minimum expectation upon which its public image is branded.
In the case of the UPDF, like their sister cadre institutions, the Police and Judiciary, they appear blunt when dealing with other threats such as floods, landslides, terrorism, but sharp and firm when dealing with any political circumstances that threaten the status quo.
By the UPDF ring-fencing the Presidency for Mr. Museveni after 34 years, our democracy becomes stale – meaningless.