Being born a little different from everybody else, and not being accepted by the community as what it considers as being normal must be heart breaking. But in Uganda, it doesn’t matter. Same sex marriage is not allowed. The Ugandan government has officially banned homosexuality in the country.
The Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed into law by the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni. The law executes hard-hitting jail terms to homosexual acts.
The bill was put into book by one of the Ugandan Parliamentary Lawmakers David Bahati, in 2009, stating very clear that anyone who performs and promotes any homosexual acts of any form may be liable for punishment, and may be sentenced up to 14 years in prison or death penalty. Any individual who is aware of and does not report homosexual acts, and provides assistance towards any homosexual acts may also be liable for seven years imprisonment.
Christin Abiya, Uganda Parliamentary lawmaker, indicated that, even animals and beasts have not degenerated that far, for people with conscious physiologically disorientate themselves by calling themselves a certain sexual orientation, then pretend that is a human right. Abiya further stated that the ultimate thing one could do is to throw them in the sea and be eaten by the good fish.
Supporting Abiya’s point of view, several Christian, Evangelical and Muslim organisations in Uganda supported the law, saying it will reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Many Christian organizations in the United States of America and Uganda have been showing full support of the law, saying homosexuality is against the word of God, as if torturing, imprisoning, decriminalizing, judging, forcing someone to conform to what they is not against the word of God too.
Meanwhile, both United State of America’s President Barack Obama and former United States secretary Hillary Clinton were vocally against the bill, expressing strong concern about gay people in Uganda, saying it is undemocratic to attack gays and lesbians for who they are.
The South African Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu compared the law to anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa.
Speaking on the grounds of human rights, unfortunately in Uganda homosexuality is not regarded as a human right, under the umbrella of not being an un-African, inhumane, and uncultured, as if being gay is un-African or there are qualities one need to have in order to be an African besides being from Africa.
The greater percentage of the Ugandan community has been supporting the law all out, besides the minority, saying it instills good values to the younger generation, guiding them to stay true to who they are.
In this day and age it is a pain to the ribs to see that there are some heads of states who are concerned about what other people are doing behind closed doors, whereas there so many social issues that needs attention in Uganda, i.e. heath, education system, employment opportunities, poverty reduction, etc.
The United States Secretary of state John Kerry warned that Washington could cut aid to the country and said the signing of the bill marked a tragic day for Uganda and for all who care about the cause of human rights.
Homosexuality is forbidden and penalized in 77 countries, while death penalty is applied in seven countries; Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Mauritania, Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. It is legal in 47 countries, while 57 other countries have passed legislation to protect people with same sex orientation.
Written by Phakamani Ntsele