Sunday, October 18, 2009

Enemy of my enemy....

But these are friends. Friends of ours.

Is kind of funny, we used to have a conversation with another blogger, 27th Comrade. He is a Ugandan blogger who dared to engage me when the others were running away. Cowards all...!!!!!
Anyway, 27th used to say that he was not miffed by my man to man thing. And he personally had no beef with it. But, what irks him is the fact that we so readily embrace 'foreigners' to defend us.

27th, this is your answer. My people want me in prison or dead, because of my sexuality. I think you will understand when I embrace my gay and lesbian brothers outside the country, who dare to speak out when most of you sympathisers are keeping quiet in the country.... Yeah, a challenge to the blogloren...!

By Staff Writer, • October 16, 2009 - 18:49

Amnesty International is among the groups calling for the proposed laws to be scrapped

Seventeen human rights groups have called for proposed new laws on homosexuality in Uganda to be scrapped immediately.

This week, Ndorwa West MP David Bahati, of the ruling party, tabled the private member's bill in parliament to create a new crime of "aggravated homosexuality".

According to his bill, those convicted of having gay sex with disabled people and those under the 18 would face the death penalty.

Gay and human rights groups have condemned the proposed laws, saying they would violate basic human rights.

In a statement, 17 groups expressed their concern over the bill, titled the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009.

Kate Sheill, Amnesty International’s expert on sexual rights, said: “Certain provisions in this bill are illegal; they are also immoral. They criminalise a sector of society for being who they are, when what the government should be doing instead is protecting them from discrimination and abuse.”

Others warned it would lead to a rise in HIV infections, while some warned that other minority groups were likely to find themselves receiving similar treatment.

Victor Mukasa, of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, said: “This inflammatory bill will be taken as further confirmation that it is okay to attack or even kill people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. It is the government’s responsibility to immediately withdraw this dangerous proposal.”

The bill also imposes life imprisonment on those who have homosexual sex. Although this is already the case in Uganda, the new law widens the definition of the offence.

Other offence include promoting homosexuality, aiding and abetting homosexuality and keeping a house "for purposes of homosexuality".

Bahati said his bill would protect children, youths and the "traditional family".

Human rights activists say Uganda, with a population of 31 million, has some 500,000 gays and lesbians.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"My Love" - a poem for David Bahati:

To some people
My love is somewhat alien;
When he comes up, they start subject-changing, and
In some states he's seen as some contagion -
In those zones, he stays subterranean;
Some love my love; they run parades for him:
Liberal citizens lead the way for him:
Concurrent with some countries embracing him,
Whole faiths and nations seem ashamed of him:
Some tried banning him,
God-damning him,
Toe-tagging him,
Prayed that he stayed in the cabinet,
But my love kicked in the panelling, ran for it -
My love! Can't be trapping him in labyrinths! -
Maverick, my love is; thwarts challenges;
Cleverest geneticists can't fathom him,
Priests can't defeat him with venomous rhetoric;
They'd better quit; my love's too competitive:
Still here, despite the Taliban, Vatican,
And rap, ragga in their anger and arrogance,
Calling on my love with lit matches and paraffin -
Despite the fistfights and midnight batterings -
Despite the dislike by Anglican Africans
And sly comparisons with those mishandling
Small kids, and his morbid inner chattering
My love's still here and fiercely battling,
Parenting, marrying, somehow managing;
My love comes through anything

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