No Man to Man in Uganda

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

Campus Life After Party: The Aftermath


The Campus Life After Party, hosted by NMMU SRC 2015 in association with Cassie’s, Redd’s and SAB, was the perfect way to close off the Campus Life Festival with live performances by Gunz n Lasers, a cypher between a picked NMMU student with Gunz n Lasers, a hip hop session with a twist by DJ Muzero, a commercial and a young throwback set by DJ Franky, more hip-hop by the humble DJ Speedsta, words of wisdom and a kick start of the night by DJ Le President and to end the night off with a bit of Kwaito, House and the song of the night, Call Out by DJ Fisherman.

Be sure to check out the blog to find exclusive interviews, pictures and an overall review of the night!


Campus Life Concert Official Poster
Campus Life Concert Official Poster


The festivities of the Campus Life Festival began on Friday the 20th of February with the Campus Life Festival Concert. Performances of the night was a fusion of choirs from various Residence both on and off campus, musical performances, dance, poetry and MCs. Highlight performances had to be the opening act which fused poetry, dance and music in one, the rendition of Beyonce’s If I Was A Boy, an energetic rap performance, the various dance acts and the choir performances.


Be sure to check out the blog to find out more of what happened and to view  pictures from the night.

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