Chapter Four Uganda: Reject Regressive Clauses in Sexual Offences Bill (08.05.2021)

Opinion: The “Anti-Gay” Law is the top of the ice-berg of Oppression in the Republic

Yesterday, the prolonged time for making it illegal to be homosexual or gay in the Ugandan Republic came into effect. This was passed in Parliament and was a part of the new Sexual Offences Act of 2019. This has been in the making since the early drafts in 2014. However, the attack on people’s love-life is just the beginning of the oppression in the Republic.

The same-sex persons and gay-community in Uganda is small and disfranchised already. There been cases of people going into exile and claiming to be gay to get visa’s in the Western Hemisphere. Therefore, this is far from new and is a continued problem. As well, as the Police have had crackdowns on gathering and rainbow meetings.

Well, they are meeting the same blunt force all dissidents are getting. The political freedoms are limited. The dissidents and people who are against the regime is targeted. The state is going after, using all means to silence the opposition. They cannot have rallies, meetings or even do internal party work without meeting security organizations. Radio shows are blocked, venues sealed off and so fourth.

The opposition are abducted, kept incommunicado, detained without charges, arraigned in court martial as civilians, held in ungazetted safe-houses, tortured and even killed. The state is using all of its security organizations to brutally get rid of the ones who oppose its reign. This is the aim of the state… and what they do. It is reported and stated. They are targeting civilian activists, killing civilians during demonstrations and random bystanders are hit by “stray-bullets” too.

I feel bad for the homosexuals and the gays. They deserve to love whoever they love. That shouldn’t be criminalized. Nevertheless, like in early 2014 and 2015, I called it wrong to just point at this and I still do. Because, the wrongs done to them is a systemic default of the current state. The National Resistance Movement (NRM) is targeting dissidents and people who oppose it. Therefore, them going after the same-sex lovers is just following the same programming. Giving them ten years in prison for doing so.

The state is already attacking such big groups and everyone who gathers in spite of His Excellency (H.E). The NRM can use the army, security organizations and the police force to silence the opposition.

When the state have re-issued the ills of previous regimes. Giving the “Panda Gari’s” a second life. Ensuring to strike fear to anyone who oppose the old man with the hat. The Special Force Command, CMI, ISO, UPF and UPDF are all collecting individuals who they deem fit. They are taking without proper procedure or within the bounds of the law. While the civilians who is taking in have to follow the same law. That is the reality of the oppression in the state.

So, the whole state needs to be reformed. Not just revoking the stipulation in the Sexual Offences Act. There is a need to change how the state operates … and create another atmosphere. The current regime doesn’t value, liberty or freedom of anyone else than the ones who is anointed by the state. The rest can just linger in detention, get re-charged and re-arrested. These folks can get tortured and possibly killed as well on the watch of the regime. There is not mercy and only sinister approach to justice.

It is injustice and impunity on a high scale. The same-sex/gays are just a populist fitting target to shallow the lack of results of this state. To follow up on a old promise and not really do anything to create a better nation or steady progress. This is what the guys believes is securing your future. They are putting people in bracelets and screaming “democracy”. You cannot make this one up, but that is the reality of it all. Peace.

Uganda: The 10th Parliament passed the “Anti-Gay” Bill

Since 2014 there been a running act and planned effort to make homosexuality illegal. The National Resistance Movement and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni have done as a populist move to regain trust among the faithful people of the Republic. This is to galvanize the conservative Christians and Muslims.

In one of the last sessions of the 10th Parliament there was several of acts passed. One of them was the Sexual Offences Act of 2019. Where there is one stipulation and its very clear with the intent. The state is making it a crime and criminalize it.

The law now has been part of two terms, the 9th and 10th Parliament. It needed all those years to come to pass. The state just enacted at with many other things that makes sense. The rest of bill is sensible and uses common sense.

What the state have no made illegal, which is the anti-gay stipulation of the bill.

11. Unnatural offences.

A person who-

(a) performs a sexual act with another person contrary to the

order of nature; or

(b) engages in a sexual act with an animal;

commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to imprisonment for

ten years” (Sexual Offences Bill, 2019).

That this happened wasn’t shocking. It was inevitable. Now that the President and his party done this in majority is because they know they won’t loose donor funds or anything. The state is already under fire for other political actions and electioneering of late. The NRM and Museveni knows that their standing is losing elsewhere.

That the anti-gay bill is commenced within 7 years shows the resilience and does it in the final minute of the Parliament. They are not having huge discussions or anything. It is just passed in the middle of 7 bills is one of its Final Acts of the 10th Parliament.

They have made it illegal to be gay and if someone have sex with the same gender. That will be criminalized as an unnatural offences, which can be charged with imprisonment up to ten years. They are doing it now because nobody cares and the human rights violations are already catching up. The state is already using the security organizations to apprehend the political dissidents and secure the majority for the 11th Parliament.

I’m not surprised that this happened. It was inevitable, but that its happening now makes sense. As the 10th Parliament is going out with an bang and finally showing they can pass legislation. Not only approve loans, which have been the most important part of their duties of late.

The bill has been in the progress since 2014 and was finally passed on the 3rd May 2021, Monicah Amoding who wrote this and got it into the Parliamentary Library on the 27th November 2019. It only took about 1,5 years for this to be passed. Still, there been drafted legislation for this since 2014 … and means the state awaited 7 years to make it happen.

To make it illegal to be gay is just winning over some part of the community. While taking away their freedoms and liberties. They are doing this as simple populism and cheap politics. It doesn’t cost them a thing and they have made certain sort of sexual preferences illegal. That being same-sex acts, which only can been as “unnatural offences”. This is how I see this and that’s the mere fact of it all. Now, it just awaits Presidential Ascending and it’s official law of the Republic.

It is sad, though the whole regime is delivering atrocities and horrific acts against the ones who stands in their way. So, now they just have another minority to criminalize as well. Peace.

Rev. Simon Lokodo Press Statement: Nyege Nyege Festival is On (05.09.2018)

Minister Simon Lodoko letter to Minister Jeje Odongo: “Re: MTN Nyegenyege Festival 2018” (03.09.2018)

Statements on the signed deal between European Union and the Republic of Uganda to fund the 11th National Indicative Programme(NIP)

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Uganda: A Draft of “the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill” – 29th October 2014

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Today I will release a draft of a law called: ‘the Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill 2014’. This draft was 29th October. It must be seen as a continuation of the 2009 “Anti-Gay bill” that became Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014. Not that I have cared much about it, because I see the bigger picture. By all means no prosecution of any person is right or deemed fair, unless your proven guilty by rule of law. This law in the end didn’t get passed because of the Criminal Court of Uganda ruled the law invalid. Even though this happen. Still a few donor countries have sent fewer aid-dollars to government of Uganda. This is the governments of Norway, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

I haven’t been vocal about that law like all the rest of the western hemisphere. For the simple reason: I don’t see the big fuzz about it. Not that I accept the principal or the matter at hand. I see a whole lot of other different other causes I will run into the storm for when it comes to Uganda. Before the cause of the gays and its importance in the discussion of making a better country, I’ll run many other marathons. Let me explain. I scream and fight for the lost causes and redeem souls. In that sense when it comes to first fights in development. I’ll stay the course for the 99% first then the 1%. I am not saying that the gays and the other part of LGBT don’t need safety. But doesn’t the teacher deserve a secure pay? The other part of government and civil service secure a decent salary?

I will beat the drums to secure the righteous course of any citizen and on general basis, before any minority group. When you have society which is fabricated for one leading regime and its clients, then I got to stand up for anybody who wishes to succeed it and make a difference first. For the simple and expensive political freedom, liberty to really speak its mind, but also too make a honest living. Live in the hut, cottage, studio, the flat and make that your own castle; Because your free there. Not that the freedom to pick who love isn’t important. But when a great part of the country isn’t eating, elections are getting rigged; the defense force is used to persecute its own citizen, and those who can’t eat. Has to fight for the country in South Sudan, DRC, C.A.R. or Somalia. This money will be spent by the elite and not the soldiers risking themselves in the field either in an African Union operation or any other peacekeeping business. No, this money goes to the regime and gets pocketed. The honor of those men isn’t kept. The liberty and freedom and opportunities aren’t well shared. Where men of the UPC, DP and FDC can be taken by police and sent to Luzira. I am sure that the government’s spending money for development, but by far, many isn’t seeing that. But they complain about a gay law like lions on the savannah.

So when I am dropping the draft today. I do it because it was delivered to me. I see it as a important thing to spread. Though I will always blast the graft, the corruption and the political insufficiency first, then I will address the other matters. Because when it comes to define ethics and also moral standards that are big question. Which can’t be addressed simply, so when the matters at hand and this draft which is a continuation of the “Anti-Gay bill”. Therefore I do this because of the necessity thought it’s only for the 1%. First and formost I’ll step up for the 99%. So while I am dropping this draft I am adressing two different tales that wont get into international press at all. First I will usually address the matters of Sam Mugumya the aide of Dr. Kizza Besigye who is wished to be taken for custody by the Uganda Police Force for the moment he is rumored to be in secure location in Kinshasa, DRC. Second is how certain journalist can be taken by the police without any trial Jonathan Akweteireho and the citizen Kanti Rogers in Masindi. They have been there for three days without any court trial or prosecution. So I would go for this kind of causes because of the neglect on the mayor media houses to address it. So somebody has to.

Well here is the draft and if you despise my reasoning, be my guest.  Answer me and tell me off. But if you can’t see it… then you are just seeing a slim picture that isn’t a whole tale and in living color. That’s you… and if that hurts you. I’m sorry. Peace.

Here is the draft: 

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